Originally Posted by E46PauL
hey guys ok i just checked my oil jug and it says bmw LL-04, i think i read somewhere on this site that the grade should be good? just wanna confirm....
i see alot of guys bithcing on this site about thermostat repalcing and water pump replacing, but looking at the interval this lil bit of maintenance is nothing compared to japs or even doemstics. ive seen a dodge pos nitro get its water pump changed at 12000 km, and toyotas on average have to replace at 60-80xxx kms. the parts on the bimmer are overbuilt, and im not sure why guys bithc about maintenance cars arent bullet proof, wtf?
screw fuel economy i buy cars to enjoy them, which i do.
how long do coil packs last on these rides, on average? i have a really strange misfire only on first start up when engine is cold, car bogs for a split second and then goes away, like a maf sensor or bad coil pack. no stored codes, i would imagine it would throw a code, right?
u guys suggest an in fuel tank injector cleaner or hook up the machine directly to rails?
about the bitching - im not sure how of those member do their own work, but i work at a garage and had to deal with my fair share of both japanese and german cars. you hit it on the nail about german cars being over-built. This is a good thing in terms of parts lasting a long time... but it also makes things that much more difficult to fix/replace once those parts finally do go.
today for example, we had a VW Passat in to change one of it's flex pipes. the entire exhaust is made of stainless steel, which makes it super durable... but it also took us 30 minutes and 4 sawzall blades (of the highest grade, the stuff firefighters use) to cut out that flexpipe.
that's where the bitching probably comes in. That, and the fact that german car parts tend to be more expensive and generally harder to get than japanese cars. we spend alot of time waiting for replacement parts, and on newer Euro, the parts are usually OEM/dealer items, not aftermarket. Alot of jap parts are over the counter, and lots of aftermarket(cheaper) alternatives.