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      03-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Old school maint

So i see on the old school maintenance schedule is has the years and the miles. I have a 2009 with 25k miles on it so I'm technically suppose to be getting my transmission flush, differential flush, and power steering flush, and coolant flush. All those are 2-3 years on the schedule. Is this true or should I really wait for more miles?
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I think that's a little overkill, but to each their own. I'm at 40k and plan to do all those maintenance things at 50k.
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      03-08-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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I would use this as a guideline

I would use this as a guideline.
If you want to keep your car in the best shape it could possibly be
then follow it. Some might go 60k on some of this stuff but its
up to you . If you can test the fluids that are testable that would be the most correct course IMO.
The point is reasonable intervals will keep the car going longer.
Since the car is 4 years old I would probably be doing some of this stuff. And change the air filters you can DIY those pretty cheaply .
Looks like you would do brake fluid a lot more in Florida because of the humidity.
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So i see on the old school maintenance schedule is has the years and the miles. I have a 2009 with 25k miles on it so I'm technically suppose to be getting my transmission flush, differential flush, and power steering flush, and coolant flush. All those are 2-3 years on the schedule. Is this true or should I really wait for more miles?
If you are using fluid specs from the 60s, then I would definitely follow the old school schedule
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just hit 64k miles and no transmission/steering/coolant flush. Don't need it til later.
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Alright, I just wanted to make sure. Everyones alwasy talking about being proactive with maint on these cars, so I'm being extra careful. And yea I had the brakes flushed already.
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Here's another maintenance schedule (and parts supplier) for those who wish to be more proactive. These guys know their way around our cars:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-14...e-package.aspx
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So i see on the old school maintenance schedule is has the years and the miles. I have a 2009 with 25k miles on it so I'm technically suppose to be getting my transmission flush, differential flush, and power steering flush, and coolant flush. All those are 2-3 years on the schedule. Is this true or should I really wait for more miles?

As you live in a hot climate I would say you need maintenance more often than others, although I still wouldn't say you were due any of those things yet.

I spoke to an expert recently and he said most things that say change at 30k you could do at 60k or longer depending on how safe you want to be.
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My opinion is, how long to you plan on keeping the car? If you only plan on keeping it to 100,000 (most 335i owners won't go past the 100K warranty period) then why bother. All those flushes are called for at 100,000 miles by BMW (current-school schedule). Paying for all that maintenance way early will not add hardley any value to the resale price and not near the cost you will pay, so you won't recoupe the money you spent on it.

I follow BMW's current-school schedule and just passed 207,000 miles yesterday.
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My opinion is, how long to you plan on keeping the car? If you only plan on keeping it to 100,000 (most 335i owners won't go past the 100K warranty period) then why bother. All those flushes are called for at 100,000 miles by BMW (current-school schedule). Paying for all that maintenance way early will not add hardley any value to the resale price and not near the cost you will pay, so you won't recoupe the money you spent on it.

I follow BMW's current-school schedule and just passed 207,000 miles yesterday.
wow, lots of miles, what year is your car?
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wow, lots of miles, what year is your car?
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My opinion is, how long to you plan on keeping the car? If you only plan on keeping it to 100,000 (most 335i owners won't go past the 100K warranty period) then why bother. All those flushes are called for at 100,000 miles by BMW (current-school schedule). Paying for all that maintenance way early will not add hardley any value to the resale price and not near the cost you will pay, so you won't recoupe the money you spent on it.

I follow BMW's current-school schedule and just passed 207,000 miles yesterday.
Awesome. I have an 09 with 88k miles on it. Will probably keep till 130k or 150k miles. I follow the regular maint. minus changing my oil at 7,500 because of my turbos.

I also believe a garage kept car lasts a lot longer due to rubber items dry rotting on the car.
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Mike Miller's Old School Schedule is based on miles accumlated not so much months. I recall him mentioning that many times in Roundel Mag.
25K miles is too few to do what you mentioned.
I did my trans drain and refill at 38K miles and sent a sample to Blackstone, plenty of life. I did the same with 5W30 BMW synthetic oil with 8K miles again plenty of life left.
Your car your call but as mentioned by a previous posted it all depends how many miles you plan to keep the car before selling. I expect my 58K mile 2007 to still be with me past 150K miles or more thus I am doing drain and refills of the transmission, exchanging the power steering fluid, brake flush things like that...
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Keep in mind that BMW's service intervals also aligns with their business model to get you into a new car/lease, and CPO the old. For them, fluids are a cheap insurance, and helps them assure that the car off warranty is CPO'able.

My 335 takes 8 litres of oil. Pretty insane for a 3L engine! But, it does allow for that 2 year change interval, and enough oil mass to keep a turbo engine cool.

Other than brake fluid, the other stuff I'd base more on mileage than years.
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If you want to spend more of your money go ahead an employ your "old school" maintenance regime.

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Here's another maintenance schedule (and parts supplier) for those who wish to be more proactive. These guys know their way around our cars:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-14...e-package.aspx
Interesting Turner maintenance package does not include auto trans drain and fill
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