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Old 02-13-2006, 10:57 AM   #1
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e36 fluid changes

I believe I need to change my car's fluids, I donít remember when this was last done (other then oil change) on this car. At the sametime, we can capture a to-do list for our e36s. My list so far consist of:
1. coolant flush and refill
2. oil change and refill
3. filter replacement: air, fuel, oil
4. transmission fluid flush and refill
5. brake fluid flush and refill

Is there any other items that I've might've missed? Just curious if the inspection I and II at BMW covers this or will this cost extra? Thanks.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:14 AM   #2
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you missed rear differential fluid (a.k.a. final drive fluid)

inspection II covers:

inspect drive belt
lube throttle linkage
replace air filter
change oil and oil filter
replace spark plugs
check brake fluid level
check battery
check coolant level and inspect for leaks

change transmission fluid
check clutch plate for wear
check drive axle boots for leak
change differential fluid
replace fuel filter
check fuel tank and lines for leaks
inspect exhaust system
check steering gear and linkages. check power steering system for leaks. check level of fluid.
inspect brakes
check parking brake
inspect front & rear suspension
inspect wheels and tires

lube door hinges, hood latch, hood hinges
check all lights
replace cabin micro-filter
check seatbelts
check washer fluid system, and fluid level
tighten nuts & bolts for door locks & striker plates
check SRS airbag ground connection

reset service light
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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sorry for the double post.

to sum it all up - inspection II is paying $1000 for:

oil change
fuel filter, air filter, cabin micro-filter
spark plugs
transmission fluid change
differential fluid change

and a whole lot of "checking"

and i called the stealer to ask if they even do the transmission fluid on the inspection II, and the service guy didn't even know the answer.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:40 AM   #4
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sorry for the double post.

to sum it all up - inspection II is paying $1000 for:

oil change
fuel filter, air filter, cabin micro-filter
spark plugs
transmission fluid change
differential fluid change

and a whole lot of "checking"

and i called the stealer to ask if they even do the transmission fluid on the inspection II, and the service guy didn't even know the answer.
the last time i checked, it was about 600 for inspection II. this was the quote i got from bmw toronto.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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well when was that?

i called BMW Maranello and BMW Autohaus last week. both quoted me $995 for inspection II.

oh, and i had my oil change done at Maranello back in November. cost me $52.50 plus tax. i called last week, and now they want $75.00 plus tax. looks like im gonna do the oil change myself, or have my mechanic do it while hes got my car up on the lift to do the front pads.

dealerships raise their service prices periodically
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Old 02-13-2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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oh, and i called the dealership for some prices.

oil filter: $17.00
air filter: $28.00
cabin micro-filter: $60.00
fuel filter: $43.00

they quoted me $22.00 each on spark plugs. this is bullshit. Canadian Tire sells the NGK Iridium plugs for $20.00 per pair, which is 10 bucks a pop. and these are the top of the line NGK spark plugs.
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Old 02-13-2006, 12:11 PM   #7
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Any ideas on where to get which coolant, ATF and diff oil you should use?
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Old 02-13-2006, 12:29 PM   #8
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well the guy at the dealership parts desk said BMW coolant is about $24.00 for a 4 litre jug. he also said any aluminum-compatible coolant would work, like the prestone stuff at Canadian Tire. BUT - the price difference isn't that much, and since your car has and always has had the BMW coolant, i would personally stick with it. just make sure not to use GM dex-cool!!!

and remember to mix it with distilled water. the mix is 50/50 - half water, half coolant. its easiest to mix it in a separate container before pouring it into the fluid reservoir under the hood.

for ATF, the Bentley manual designates Dexron III ATF (which is also what our cars use for power steering)

for Differential fluid:

open diff: BMW SAF-XO
limited slip: BMW SAF-XLS
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:56 PM   #9
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I got an inspection II when I just got the car a while back for 500 here in ottawa? (513 with tax - I have the receipt right here).

ONLY USE THE BMW coolant - or you get pwned by sludge

Personally, I vote:
redline for tranny fluid, it works wonders.
Royal purple for oil.
ATF super blue for brakes

haven't changed my diff fluid yet, so no comments there.

Just make sure you do it all right.... lol
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Old 02-14-2006, 12:35 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BennyL
sorry for the double post.

to sum it all up - inspection II is paying $1000 for:

oil change
fuel filter, air filter, cabin micro-filter
spark plugs
transmission fluid change
differential fluid change

and a whole lot of "checking"

and i called the stealer to ask if they even do the transmission fluid on the inspection II, and the service guy didn't even know the answer.
i did all that last week, except the tranny and diff fluid, cost me 300$ but i had a coolant flush
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Old 02-14-2006, 01:42 PM   #11
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did it where?
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