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I just bought my first BMW, a 2005 325i black interior & exterior, and am very excited but have a few questions.

The car has 125k miles; what maintenance normally needs to be done near that mark? All fluids are good and it currently has no leaks and is very clean (the car has been very well maintained by the previous owner) but what major (or minor) issues normally come up near this mileage and are preventable?

I want to upgrade look and sound a bit as well as possibly adding some performance but I don't want to break the bank. I was thinking:
  • Shark Injector
  • Front bumper (any recommendations?)
  • Exhaust
  • Tires/Rims
Any input is helpful!
 

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Do you have any maintenance records?

- Cooling System
- Suspension
- Fuel Pump/Filter

just the first things off the top of my head.
 

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Do you have any maintenance records?

- Cooling System
- Suspension
- Fuel Pump/Filter

just the first things off the top of my head.
I believe the fuel pump has been replaced but I'll have to check on cooling system and was planning on checking the suspension as well
 

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a lot of **** already happened to my 2004 325i with 116k. I don't really think any of it was preventable. since i'm pretty new to bmw you can't take my advice too serious but what i would say is, forget about performance mods, forget about making it look prettier and all that other stuff that you don't need and instead safe that money for when the repairs start. i wish you a lot of luck with your car though and i hope it works totally in your favor that the previous person took really good care of it.

one maintenance job i would consider are replacing the pulleys and belts. for the specific things that have broken on my car i would say wait until they break/leak, then fix them. otherwise if you want to replace stuff that is probably going to break at some point, then you'll be replacing a lot of stuff.
for example the hard coolant pipes under the intake, sooner or later they will start to leak. so what do you do, replace them now or wait. in my case i just wait. for example i read that the fuel pump will go but i'll just wait until mine breaks then replace it.

if you just feel like doing a little work on your car to feel good about it, i'd say replace the cabin air filter because it's so easy :)
i too want to see though what maintenance more experienced fanatics recommend.
 

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The valve cover gasket will get hard and start to leak. The control arm ball joints and the bushings will wear. The coolant reservoir may leak. Spring/coil may snap. These are things that happened to me. Just keep an eye out for these. I also changed the ATF since it doesn't last forever.


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First thing's first, what maintenance records came with the car?
 

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The valve cover gasket will get hard and start to leak. The control arm ball joints and the bushings will wear. The coolant reservoir may leak. Spring/coil may snap. These are things that happened to me. Just keep an eye out for these. I also changed the ATF since it doesn't last forever.


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Valve cover gasket has been replaced, will make sure to check other things you mentioned! Thank you, I will definitely have to check the ATF since I have seen it mentioned it can screw over a transmission
 

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First thing's first, what maintenance records came with the car?
The only maintenance that I know for sure has been done is what was mentioned on the carfax as well as what was specifically mentioned to me by the previous owner which includes:
  • belts
  • valve cover gasket
  • I believe catalytic converters
  • Fluids
  • Brakes/Rotors
 

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Why were the cats replaced? I ask as cats with less than 200k miles don't fail on their own.There has to be some upstream issue such as excessive oil burning for cats to fail.

You're WAAAAAY overdue for a complete cooling system overhaul.
 

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As the others have said. Replace the cooling system. T-stat, water pump, expansion tank, hoses. When it goes, it goes and you are stuck. You'll try to baby it home and there's your upgrade......new engine.

Easy DIY. Almost everyone on here has done it ( perceived ). Save your mods for when you know maintenance is up to date.

hey also - Go ahead and get the Carly adapter and software, at a minimum, from Amazon. Just do it now. You'll understand later.

Its a great ride, just stay on top of it, before it stays on top of you $$$$
 

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Like other have said, put upgrades and performance on the back burner and concentrate on maintenance, cooling system, serpentine belts and pulleys, fuel system, oil filter housing gasket, transmission, ignition system and so on.


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Electric fan problem.

Hi guys, I've changed a radiator fan...from mechanical to electrical fan. So now the problem is the electric fan it start to run emmediatly when I start the car and according to my knowledge it suppose to start to run when the temperature is high. My car is BMW 325ci 46, 2002 model. What can I do?
 

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Hi guys, I've changed a radiator fan...from mechanical to electrical fan. So now the problem is the electric fan it start to run emmediatly when I start the car and according to my knowledge it suppose to start to run when the temperature is high. My car is BMW 325ci 46, 2002 model. What can I do?


Are you saying that electric fan turns on and remains on at each engine start? I ask as the DME tests the fan at each engine start by commanding the fan to operate at 20% speed for a few seconds.
 

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Here's what I've done since owning it for 6 months.

Control arms and bushings are next on my list, about $350. I'm holding off on the cooling for now because looking at the parts I have, some have been replaced at some point.

 

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You guys are scaring the OP, judging by this thread, these cars should never be bought, because everything will fail pretty soon

Best bet is to replace whatever may leave you stranded, cooling system, fuel pump/filter.

Everything else, whatever, VCG when it starts to sweat then replace it, suspension failures, you'll know of them, replace when it happens
 

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These cars *are for* enthusiasts. Taking one to a shop isn't cost effective any more. Pretty sure if I paid to have the work done to my car I would be close to the purchase price.

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I just bought my first BMW, a 2005 325i black interior & exterior, and am very excited but have a few questions.

The car has 125k miles; what maintenance normally needs to be done near that mark? All fluids are good and it currently has no leaks and is very clean (the car has been very well maintained by the previous owner) but what major (or minor) issues normally come up near this mileage and are preventable?

I want to upgrade look and sound a bit as well as possibly adding some performance but I don't want to break the bank. I was thinking:
  • Shark Injector
  • Front bumper (any recommendations?)
  • Exhaust
  • Tires/Rims
Any input is helpful!
As others have said here, I'll repeat. Fuel pump, fuel filter, and cooling system. You don't want to wait for these items to fail, as they *will* leave you stranded and you will have a bad day getting a tow, perhaps leaving you and your family stranded.

As for modifications go - sure, it's a good idea to save some money for repairs. As long as the PO was on top of maintenance, and you've taken care of the above items, you should have a nice driving car so long as you don't care about the car driving like it's brand new (i.e, new suspension all around, bushings, etc.) That's what will bankrupt you.

I'm not sure what your budget is, but decent tires and a ZHP / M-Tech II front bumper are two great mods that you listed. I haven't yet sprung for the M-Tech II, but after almost a year of ownership I purchased a set of Michelin PSS tires. That was definitely the best mod I'd ever done for the car. On 17" Style 68 wheels (with an alignment as well) that ran me nearly $800. There are certainly far cheaper tires out there for those of us on budgets. Check out what Bridgestone, Firestone, Falken and other brands have to offer.

As for the exhaust, personal preference. It's expensive to upgrade and won't change a whole lot of sound so long as your headers / exhaust manifold is still stock. Shark Injector is a total waste of time.

Anyhow, best of luck to you with your car! You've purchased a wonderful vehicle. Here's to enjoying the E46. :thumbup:
 

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I just bought my first BMW, a 2005 325i black interior & exterior, and am very excited but have a few questions.

The car has 125k miles; what maintenance normally needs to be done near that mark? All fluids are good and it currently has no leaks and is very clean (the car has been very well maintained by the previous owner) but what major (or minor) issues normally come up near this mileage and are preventable?

I want to upgrade look and sound a bit as well as possibly adding some performance but I don't want to break the bank. I was thinking:
  • Shark Injector
  • Front bumper (any recommendations?)
  • Exhaust
  • Tires/Rims
Any input is helpful!
If not already said here.....Google in your area BMW specialists...that work ONLY on BMW cars. These 'INDY' specialists are better than the dealership in most cases...and 1/2 the labor price...Do all fluid changes, transmission too. Good luck.....Steve:)
 
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