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Old 11-11-2004, 03:09 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by everlast
Woah, nothing wrong with it?! Then do some basic maintenence and don't rod the piss out of her, and she'll last longer than the body. Here's what to do: (everyone else jump in with any other ideas for djtbster

-timing belt, tensioner, water pump (cheap if you DIY)
-fuel filter (very cheap if you DIY)
-cam seal / crank seal if you are leaking oil from the front
-check condition of rad, replace if necessary (you can find one used easy)
-replace rad hoses (stupid thing to fail and can really screw you at the side of the road)
-flush tranny fluid
-inspect brake lines / fuel lines
-replace brake fluid with new fluid, bleed, check rotors / pads while ur there
-change plugs
-inspect wires
-buy haynes manual (cheap), go through each of the steps to check throttle, etc, especially thermotime sensor and cold start valve

Hope this helps!
i can vouch for that... the body on my car has gone to crap, but the motor runs even better than when the car was new. And by doing the routine maintenence, you shouldn't have any problems.
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Old 11-11-2004, 03:57 PM   #32
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You don't know how many times my 325e got called a STUPID CRAP FOR CRAP this summer.
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Old 11-11-2004, 09:17 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by djtbster
ya the plugs, are already telling my signs of engine knocking or pinging "predetonation" as the hayne manual says. im picking up a stock ecu of eurostyles, to help prevent this, as some might not know my, 325 does have a chip and im running on 87 octane, cuz im highschool student "again!!!", who cant afford gas lol, and wat does "don't rod the piss out of her" mean everlast, cuz i do like to push her hard, wen i have an urge to hear my exhaust hummm
87 is okay for an eta, as I mentioned before, it is a low compression engine and does not require premium.......I have no pinging on mine at 87 or signs of too low of octane.
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Old 11-11-2004, 09:23 PM   #34
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doesnt it have the same as the "i", compression that is...

accually according to the bentley, 9/1 for the "E" and 8.8/1 for th "I", North Amer spec
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Old 11-11-2004, 09:53 PM   #35
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Their is enough compression to cause knock as with a chipped eta, I'v had knock from filling up a shady gas stations before with "supposibly" high octane, funny how when I avoided thoes stations it went away.
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Old 11-12-2004, 02:49 AM   #36
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So... did you read the whole post? The guy has a chip. That means he needs to run hi octane.
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