From MZEmir_at_aol.com Sat Mar 29 10:59:53 1997
by emout20.mail.aol.com (8.7.6/8.7.3/AOL-2.0.0)
id NAA25278 for dale_at_unofficialbmw.com;
Sat, 29 Mar 1997 13:59:18 -0500 (EST)
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 1997 13:59:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: e30 survey
'89 325i, currently 152,000 mi., purchased 107,000.
Hi, happy to share my experience with the e30!! As you will see, most of
what I did is general maintenance, very little went wrong with the car so far
and i am hoping to keep it that way.
About 113,000, the car got hit by a honda civic driven by a teenager, very
low speed (15 mph) impact but I did get a brand new front end out of it. The
steering rack showed the damage a little later, so did the AC condenser. The
other party's insurance co. re-opened the claim file and paid for these
items.. Lesson: don't be afraid to go back to the insurance co. if you think
something is related to a previous claim...
At about 114,500, I spun out and hit the guard rail on I-43 near Milwaukee
during a snow storm... DUMB DUMB DUMB... Lesson: get four hakkopelita's, and
you'll swear you're driving an iX and look for snow patches to prove to
yourself that the BMW *is* great in inclement weather.
Had trouble with "check brake light" indicator.. went away after I installed
BMW light bulbs all around.
The strangest thing on the car: twice broken J bracket carrying the power
steering pump.. It turned out one of the other mounting bolts of the pump had
snapped but still had enough tread to give the impression of being tight.
Date Mileage Item
7/14/94 107,684 Pre-purchase inspection.
8/6/94 108,473 Replace left fog light.
9/19/94 111,000 Left outer ball joint.
10/17/94 112,960 Spoiler, bumber, fog light, new radiator, fan, oil cooler,
12/6/94 114,622 RT rear quarter panel, lens, body and paint.
12/7/94 114,900 Nokia Hakkopelita 10 snow tires on steel rims.
1/31/95 115,000 Tune and valve adjust, replace brake fluid, air filter, fuel
filter, plugs, distributor cap and rotor.
3/22/95 120,200 Replace power steering rack and align.
7/27/95 127,049 Replace wiper switch.
7/31/95 127,062 Oil service, trans. and diff. oil.
8/1/95 130,000 AC condenser replaced.
10/10/95 131,000 Timing belt, tensioner pulley, w/ seals and water pump, cam
2/12/96 134,100 Replace boken power steering pump 'J' bracket.
4/17/96 139,351 E30 recall item #92: bypass valve, bleed coolant, pressure
6/19/96 141,600 Trans. and diff. oil, fuel filter, plugs, valve cover
gasket, seal ring, tune, valve adjust, instrument cluster back light
8/2/96 145,000 Replace rear (original) muffler, oil service.
8/15/96 145,000 Paint hood and replace chipped Roundel.
10/13/96 146,000 Replace boken power steering pump 'J' bracket -again.
11/11/96 146,700 Replace original battery w/ 60 month Interstate battery.
1/15/97 150,000 Front rotors and brake pads, sub frame bushings, oil
2/15/97 151,000 Rear shocks and mounts; boge gas.
2/15/97 152,000 OBC light bar, oil service, oil drain plug re-tread, K&N air
3/28/97 152,200 Pressure hose from AC condenser to dryer.
change hex head bolts to torx...
body work on rusting weld at rear door rocker panels (both sides)...
replace sticky antenna mast..
replace cracked and seriously pitted right fog light lens...
front suspension (boge gas)...
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