1/21/2021 ~127k miles
Did valve cover gasket and spark plugs. Noted that the plugs might've been original.
My first accident. I had a left green arrow, and a lady (Altima smh) jumped the light across the street thinking she was going to get the green. My damages remained on the FL corner of the car, luckily a low-speed incident.
Middle of February
My friend from school and I go out to PA to a junkyard who has a stahlbleu 328i. This is a real junkyard, not like Pull-A-Part that I have locally. No, this place makes Pull-A-Part look fun and easy. Ended up getting my bumper, fender, and scored on some xenon headlights to replace my halogens. Going to have to live with the hood.
I put the car together (albeit with a broken hand) and have my first drive in it once again. A very satisfying feeling, enough to make a grown man cry haha.
(believe it or not that crusty condenser doesn't leak)
April - back to maintenance
(128900) I ordered the FCP Bilstein strut kit, upper radiator hose (pm), and expansion tank. Since I was in the automotive vocational at my school, I did my alignment for free.
I also had to do a wheel bearing because a piece of my wheel speed sensor broke off during replacement. I would've ignored it if I couldn't hear it rattle around inside.
Notes: I wish I went with Sachs kit because ride height increase with the Bilstein's.
April-May - Wish I wrote down the date here
(129850) Radiator and lower rad hose (pm) were changed because I misdiagnosed the coolant leak. Leak was on the neck where upper rad hose connects.
(129886) LiquiMoly oil change 5W-30, also used their engine flush and MoS2 additive.
Also took a cruise + photoshoot with my friend's K5 Optima
(130272) CCV was changed using the FCP kit. I pulled the manifold for this following the 50's kid's video as instructions. Also did the accessory belts as pm.
Later in the month I scored in the junkyard on black power sport seats with lumbar support, black rear seats, silver gauge cluster trim, and a sport wheel with round airbag. The wheel is a bit beat up, but definitely an upgrade from the rectangle one. I know that I converted from a single stage to a dual stage airbag, but I'll take the risk.
I finally put rear tires on after one went fully bald. Also did some maintenance like air filters, jack pads, and new side skirt clips. One day I want to clean up the surface rust around the jack points.
I said goodbye to my car as I went to college, washed and waxed her on my last day at home.
My first day on winter break I found a set of (beat) style 68's on marketplace in Detroit for a cheap price. Took the trip and fell in love with them on first sight.
Year Two in Review
A very emotional year with the car starting with the accident, but the car has definitely has transformed once again. Started taking cruises in it, like going to Summit Racing to pickup parts for my C4 Corvette. Sadly I need to keep my head in the books and away from the wrenches.