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Doug Vetter, ATP/CFI

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Doug's BMW 328is
Maintenance Summary

BMW E36 M52 Engine

This section contains a continually-updated account of the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance performed on my 1998 328is, including costs.
Reports are listed in reverse chronological order.

2014 Maintenance Report

April 19: Oil service and analysis; Lower interior overhaul planning
06: Summer tires installed; Corroded rear swaybar
March 09: Tool Cabinet
February 28: Fog Lamp Replacement
02: Stromung Followup and Sale
January 12: M3 Exhaust Installed
11: Polar Vortex; M3 Exhaust Arrives to Replace Stromung

2013 Maintenance Reports

December 21: Stromung exhaust installed; First impressions
07: Stromung exhaust arrives
November 27: Oil Service; Engine Bay Seals; Shift Knob; Selected Stromung Exhaust
15: Winter Sport 4D Installed; Inspection reveals cracked muffler
07: Fluidyne, M3 Mirror Updates, Winter Tires, 2 Series Intel
October 06: Audio system integration test successful
September 27: Crimped lugs for audio system bench test
August 23: Pilot Super Sport installed; Jack point rust repair
18: Audio system signal validation
14: Audio system DC power distribution design; Another flat tire
11: First audio system bench tests; Brief review of DEH-80PRS
04: New Carpet Arrives; Normal speed aux fan relay; Door sealing plugs
02: Differential Fluid; Audio System Engineering Update
July 26: Fuel pump, Fuel filter replaced; Oil Service
20: Arc Amps Arrive; Activated Carbon Microfilter
04: Cowl cover, rear window seals, drip mouldings and M3 Mirrors installed
June 25: Rust repair complete; Summer tire swap; No more financial reporting
15: Rust repair in progress at body shop
May 19: Fluidyne radiator returned; Replaced Radiator
11: Fluidyne radiator arrives
04: Windshield leak; Radiator Leak
April 19: MiniDSPs arrive and are bench tested
March 23: M3 Mirror Upgrade parts arrive; More stereo design decisions and parts
03: Wiper Blade Update; Pirelli Update; Routine Oil Service
February 16: Another SRS Fault Light; Washer Fluid Reformulated; Wiper Refills Changed
January 30: A/M Switch Replacement; Financial Realities for Dealer Technicians
19: Stainless wash bucket; Silicone Paste Lubricant; Headlight switch bulb replacement

2012 Maintenance Reports

December 22: Thermostat housing leak and replacement
04: Pirelli Review; Oil Service and Analysis
November 17: Winter wheels installed
10: Two weeks of hell; Set of Pirelli Winter Carving Edge arrive
October 27: Refinished Style 30 wheels arrive; More winter tire research; Toybox update
14: Wurth special purpose greases; Winter wheel prep; More parts and plans
September 29: Yet more audio equipment research; Winter tire options
14: More trim parts; More audio equipment research
August 25: Another OBC bulb replacement; A peek inside the OBC
18: New seat foam base, Pioneer DEH-80PRS, rear window seals arrive; Overengineering
02: Oil Service; Suspension performance report; Seat parts research
July 25: Front Suspension Overhaul - Alignment and Project Summary
21: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 17: Complete
15: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 16: Assembly (misc repairs, lock housing)
08: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 15: Assembly (swaybar, xbrace)
06: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 14: Assembly (bleed brakes, torque axle nuts)
05: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 13: Assembly (steering column, rack, tierods)
04: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 12: Steering column removed, refurbished
02: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 11; Assembly (Sensor jbox, brakes)
June 30: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 10; Assembly (Brake shields, wheel bearings)
24: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 9; Assembly (Struts, kingpins, control arms)
23: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 8; Black powdercoating, subframe reinstalled
17: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 7; Silver powdercoating, refurb steering shaft
10: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 6; Disassembly (brake calipers)
09: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 5; Disassembly (engine mounts)
02: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 4; Disassembly (tierods, steering rack)
May 29: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 3; Disassembly (struts, bearings)
28: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 2; Disassembly (brakes)
27: Front Suspension Overhaul - Day 1; X-Brace Nutsert Installation
18: Waste oil containers; Ordered tools and nutserts for X-Brace Installation
April 27: More parts for the front suspension overhaul
06: Cam position sensor replaced; Reader tool donation
03: CEL and cam position sensor fault
March 18: Summer wheels with PS2s return to service
17: Early Spring Service Part 2 (project complete)
16: More front suspension and steering column overhaul parts arrive
11: Early Spring Service Part 1; Ordered more front end parts and a special tool
February 17: Oil dipstick o-rings; More front end overhaul parts; Stereo upgrade update

2011 Maintenance Reports

December 23: Feedback from Ground Control on my camber plate research; Year end summary
07: Stereo volume control problem; Audio system upgrade research
November 19: Fixed steering noise by installing new bearing
12: New Roundel; Parts arrive to repair steering noise; Gummi Pflege experiment
October 30: Back to winter tires; Oil Service; Steering wheel noise develops
21: Fabricated custom rear window sunshade; Toybox update
01: Interior Overhaul - Wrap Up; Gahh fabric swatches arrive
September 25: Interior Overhaul - Day 8; Installed new headliner; Installed new FSU and tested iPod adapter
17: Interior Overhaul - Day 7; Installed new sunroof cassette and tested normal function
16: Interior Overhaul - Day 6; Removed old sunroof cassette
15: Interior Overhaul - Day 5; Repaired another side panel, installed new parcel shelf
11: Interior Overhaul - Day 4; More parts arrive; Repaired side panel
05: Interior Overhaul - Day 3; Cut new parcel shelf; Repaired brake light assembly
04: Interior Overhaul - Day 2; New sunroof and window seals; Tail lamp assembly failure
03: Interior Overhaul - Day 1; Removed headliner; State Inspection Passed
August 31: Intermittent HVAC blower operation; The Flip Side of Anger
27: Interior Overhaul - More parts arrive; Secondary air pump disassembly; Construction update
20: Interior Overhaul - First Parts Arrive; USA Spec PA12-BMW iPod adapter
05: Headliner continues to disintegrate
July 16: Front Suspension Overhaul - Control Arms and Camber Plate Research, First Parts Arrive
June 26: Driver's Door Overhaul - Complete
25: Door handle assembled; Construction Here and There; Longacre Racing tire gauge
19: Hydraulic tensioner installed
11: Hydraulic tensioner conversion parts received
May 30: Driver's Door Overhaul - Day Two
29: Driver's Door Overhaul - Day One
28: Mechanical tensioner noise; 1M in person; Oil service
25: Fourth windshield replacement; Interior repair quotes; Additional driver's door parts
14: Cracked windshield; New driver's side door panel arrives
April 17: Replaced secondary air pump and check valve; Miscellaneous Factoids
10: Installed new summer wheels; Replaced failed driver's door window motor
March 25: Picked up new summer wheels and tires; Secondary Air Injection pump acting up
12: Purchase of summer wheels and tires; Lift shopping
February 26: Reader donation: magnetic drain plugs
19: Seatbelt Stop Repair; Oil Service
January 22: Another bad driver's window motor; New microfilter

2010 Maintenance Reports

December 18: HVAC controller fixed
12: HVAC controller gremlins return
05: Fog light bulb replacement; Instrument cluster replacement research
November 18: Milestone: 200000 miles
October 31: Return to snow tires; MPG Trend
23: Snow tire remounted; Check Engine light; The Typical BMW Buyer
14: Oil Analysis Results; Email Trend
09: Oil Service; New Style 30 wheel; Gauge cluster malfunction; Plans
August 29: Front Brake Job
July 26: Accessory Overhaul Complete
25: Accessory Overhaul Day One
23: Remaining parts for accessory overhaul arrive
21: Battery Failure
17: Sagging Headliner
09: Oil Service and Analysis; Front Suspension Overhaul Plans
07: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Alignment
June 28: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Complete
26: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Assembly Day Three
25: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Assembly Day Two
24: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Assembly Day One
20: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Miscellaneous preassembly tasks
18: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Parts return from powder coating
13: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Body harness repair and parts preparation for painting
11: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Parts returned
09: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Parts sent out for disassembly
06: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Disassembly Day Two
05: Rear Suspension Overhaul - Disassembly Day One; Axle Remanufacturing Options
May 27: Failed trailing arm bushing leads to suspension overhaul
07: More parts and prep for accessory overhaul
April 17: First parts upcoming engine accessory work arrive
04: Back to summer tires; Update on oil leak; Technician's comments on lead wear
March 15: Oil analysis identifies lead wear trend
07: Oil Service
January 24: Replaced normal and high speed aux fan relays
16: High speed aux fan relay failure
09: Windshield washer system repair and overhaul

2009 Maintenance Reports

December 31: Windshield washer system leak; end of year numbers and notes
November 01: Back to winter tires; 2nd DIY brake fluid flush
October 14: How not to fix a flat tire
11: Oil service and analysis; engine air filter; microfilter
September 19: State inspection; New winter tires
July 04: New crankcase vent, idle control valve, intake manifold air temperature sensor
June 28: Oil Service; Upcoming Work
25: Flat left rear tire; HVAC blower motor installation
May 23: New wiper assemblies; A/M Switch LED Conversion Experiment; More blower motor research
April 18: New summer tires (Pilot Sport A/S Plus); Second DIY differential fluid change; Rear drivetrain noise
March 21: Oil Service; Suspension Work Research
17: CEL for fuel tank leak (benign)
February 07: Thermostat and housing; Coolant Flush
January 24: Tire repair
08: Catalytic Converter Replacement; New exhaust mounts

2008 Maintenance Reports

December 23: Yet another CEL for Catalytic Converter Efficiency. What else?
14: Oil Service; Parts for Blower Motor fix
November 02: Back to Winter Rubber; HVAC blower motor noise
October 19: First DIY driver's door window motor and regulator
11: Consequences of worn rear tires; Microfilter
September 07: Swaybar Update; Surprise Brake Job
01: Oil analysis; Trip to Hazmat; Rear swaybar service (bushings and endlinks)
August 30: first DIY coolant flush
23: Fuel System Treatment; Oil Service; DIY Inspection; Record keeping note
June 07: Aux fan connectors replaced
May 31: Aux fan revisited
24: Fuel system cleaner; Fuel filter inspection; Oil analysis; coolant flush research
17: Oil Service, Fuel Filter
04: Aux cooling fan replacement
April 27: Trim restoration experiment; Aux cooling fan failure
20: Valve train noise; OBC clock bulb replacement
05: Return to summer rubber; First DIY Brake Fluid Flush
February 02: Oil service and analysis; Dunlop Winter Sport M3 Review; Ten Years

2007 Maintenance Reports

December 08: New winter tires for 16" wheels
November 22: Microfilter
18: Fog light replacement
October 27: Oil Service and Analysis; Engine Air Filter; Cold start update; Tools
September 20: State inspection results; Cold start issue persists
13: Windshield, take three; Delayed cold start
07: Hood hydraulic lift cylinders; Battery
August 16: BMW special wheel bearing tool; M steering wheel conversion; New door/ignition key
July 20: Oil analysis results; Faint front wheel noises; Steering wheel noise
14: Oil Service; Carpet cleaning
May 27: Center vent replacement
April 29: Passenger door pull trim replacement
26: Fuel Leak
12: Oil analysis results
07: Spring cleaning; Oil service
March 11: New valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, and coil boots
February 25: Rear speaker upgrade
17: Oxygen sensor update; Power steering update
03: Power steering phantom part; Replaced Pre-cat O2 Sensors
January 31: Emissions woes; Oxygen sensor research
22: Replaced tensioner
21: Failed main belt tensioner pulley; More tools
13: Car returns from body shop; GT1 Analyzer; First DIY microfilter replacement
05: Body shop work to fix sideswipe damage; Check engine light

2006 Maintenance Reports

December 30: Front sway bar bushings; Power steering hoses; Year in Review
28: Oil Service; Front sway bar links; Back to the body shop; CSL wheels reinstalled
20: CSL valve stem followup
18: CSL valve stem issue; Parts order
10: CSL wheels and tires mounted
05: Tire research and analysis
November 23: DIY inspection; Glovebox flashlight; Microfilter; Tire status
12: First DIY brake replacement
11: Check engine light for Low Catalytic Converter efficiency
October 08: Differential fluid replaced
03: Wiper blades, Frozen differential drain plugs; Wheel chocks & update to tools article
September 27: Wheel bearing fixed
21: Left rear wheel bearing failure; Brake parts arrived
10: Differential Fluid flush prep
09: First DIY oil service; More tools and equipment
August 26: CSL rims arrive; Flat fixed; Tire decisions
14: Flat tire
08: Aux fan relay replacement
July 28: More auxiliary fan fun
25: Aux cooling fan troubleshooting; Toys for the birthday boy
09: Power steering flush; Stone guards and other parts; Prep for A/C fix
June 20: Cooling system wrap-up; Local dealer is sold
16: Coolant expansion bottle explodes
12: New front woofers (kick panel drivers); A/C Compressor Sanity Check
May 25: New midrange and tweeter drivers
24: Oil Service, Brake fluid flush, Fuel filter, Cooling system overhaul, belts
20: New detailing techniques
19: Restoration research & options; Bentley manual purchase
April 29: DIY Fuel Pump and Sender
13: My baby returns from the body shop
March 14: Another deer hit, another trip to the body shop
February 18: Transmission replacement under warranty; E46 Purchase
January 30: Transmission diagnostics; Interior overhaul parts research
06: Oil Service; E90 Mini Review

2005 Maintenance Reports

December 04: September state inspection results, summary of the last six months
July 19: Oil Service, Microfilter, Engine air filter change
June 21: Air conditioning troubleshooting; condenser replacement; Technician Q&A
May 10: Front control arm bushings
05: New Tires, Defective clear coat on rim; Transmission status
April 12: More transmission troubleshooting; Oil Service; Brakes/Tires status
February 10: New transmission installed
January 27: Win shield washer fluid update; Oil Service; Transmission Troubles

2004 Maintenance Reports

December 24: Body shop work update; Windshield washer fluid and wipers
November 19: Body shop work to fix damage from deer hit; Comments about shop
October 16: Deer hit!
September 08: Steering rack installed; alignment results.
August 26: Diagnosis: new steering rack required; New floor mats and wheel centers
04: Oil Service, Transmission and diff flush research; Big Brother at BMW
June 05: Oil service; Rattling catalytic converter heat shield fix.
April 12: Brake light switch replacement.
March 11: Work in lieu of Inspection I, rear shocks, exhaust mounts
02: Ordered shocks and other stuff; Notes on O2 Sensors and catalytic converters
February 14: Replaced leather armrest, six years of ownership.
January 22: Replaced gauge cluster and headlamp switch backlighting.

2003 Maintenance Reports

December 17: New front brakes, flushed brake fluid, mid-cycle oil service; replaced thermostat.
02: Four new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires installed.
November 25: Replaced the second windshield with a third
20: Tire time again - settled on four Michelin Pilot Sport A/S
07: Posted an article covering my second windshield replacement
October Will need brakes soon; Another rock in the windshield!
September 29: A motor vehicle inspection gotcha that might affect some E36's
01: Oil Service, Front pads needed earlier than expected
August 30: Side molding replacement
11: Insurance claim comes through
01: Left side fog lamp light assembly; left and right side moldings
July Off-cycle oil service, belt replacement
April Replacement of climate control head, A/M Switch
March Loose ignition harness results in another flatbed, Inspection II
January Routine service: Brake lamp replacement and synthetic oil service.

2002 Maintenance Reports

November Second unexpected maintenance; failure to start and misfires - new idle control valve and six new platinum plugs.
October First unexpected maintenance - air injection pump and check valve
September Tire replacement, oil change, wiper blades (finally!)
July Struts and alignment, including a pic of the actual alignment results
June Lots of maintenance in support of my decision to keep the machine
May Decision to trade put off; A few routine maintenance items

2001 Maintenance Reports

December Thanksgiving day brought at least one thing I wasn't thankful for...a leak in my coolant system.
October Windshield replacement, off cycle oil service.
May So it's now a garage queen...you wanna make something out of it?

2000 Maintenance Reports

October Second Inspection I, GTI purchase to offload BMW usage, realization about maintenance on a BMW.
July No more warranty, belt replacement, fixing a pesky creak, off-cycle oil change.
June First Inspection II, tire and brake status.

1999 Maintenance Reports

December Off-cycle oil changes, tire replacement, A/M light change, air vent change.
March First Inspection I, driver's seat leather replacement (warranty), tire and brake status.

1998 Maintenance Reports

October First oil service, steering wheel shimmy.