Total cost: $4,697.39
Fuel Saved: $1385
As of: 5/27/08

1986 325es


 

(The not so)Current state of affairs - 3/3/08


 

Purchased from Parkway Auto for $600 - "all it needs is a water pump" :) - 9/25/07
Pics of the car in its as-drug home state:

Had a nice little surprise in the glovebox...the original window stickers!


oil & filter 180408 miles - 9/27/07 water pump, timing belt, and timing belt tensioner - 10/4/07
- 11 12 1 285 609 - cam shaft seal \
- 11 31 1 267 746 - tensioner spring } all 3 ordered from century bmw on 10/2/07
- 11 31 1 280 960 - tensioner pin /
new radiator hoses - 10/4/07
new plugs and wires - 10/4/07


passenger side tie-rod replacement - 10/9/07
Whilst pushing the car to my garage (aka the parking spot closest to my apartment), the poor phone fell out of its holster,
and naturally directly into the path of the left rear wheel. Minus the obvious cosmetic and LCD damage, to my surprise the phone survived.

new fan clutch - 10/12/07
broken odometer - 10/17/07
adjust valves - 10/17/07
drivers side control arm and bushing - 10/17/07
valve cover cleaned and glass-bead treatment by Southern Cylinder Head - 10/16/07
new valve cover gasket and rocker shaft plugs - 10/18/07

tail light gaskets - 10/22/07
new tires - sumitomo HTR H4 195/65/R14 installed 10/24/07 at sears 180955 miles
Radio installed, speaker wiring converted to 4 true independent channels - 10/27/07


passenger side control arm and bushing - 10/30/07
alignment @ sears, 6 mo 6k mile warranty - 10/30/07
fixed antenna - 11/1/07 replacement mast
parking brake squawl fixed, passenger side backing plate was loose - 11/3/07
New in-tank fuel pump from Century BMW - 11/08/07
Rear shock mounts, red line fluid in transmission and differential - 11/10/07
new (hopefully behr brand) radiator and hoses installed - 11/13/07
oil & filter (183500mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) - 12/1/07
washer tee and all tubing - 12/1/07
drivers side tie-rod assembly (moog brand) - 12/4/07
free re-alignment @ sears. :) - 12/5/07

ellipsoid headlights - 12/22/07


Oxygen sensor - 12/24/07
starter hanging - Replaced with advance auto parts solenoid :) 12/24/07
Installed all remaining coolant hoses - 12/24/07
CV shaft boots - 12/26/07
HIR 9012 bulbs installed in low beams - 1/03/08


ABS computer replaced, didnt fix abs - 1/08/08
(but determined it was a right front sensor/harness issue)

Repaired damaged section of right front abs sensor harness, to no avail - 1/12/08
oil & filter (186537mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) repaired oil pan drain threads :( - 1/20/08
ABS malfunction fixed - replaced Front Right Sensor (34 52 1 178 982) - 1/20/08
Rotated tires in rearward cross pattern 186537, 1/20/08
New AC switch (61 31 1 372 051) installed - 2/2/08
Lots of stuff - 2/16/08
- Main transmission output shaft seal
- Shift linkage seal (slightly modified :)
- New guibo
- New forward shift linkage bracket bushings and rear buffer support
- Seat release mechanism covers
Trunk lip spoiler, both right sidemarker lights, trunk light switch, ambient air temp sensor
beautiful drivers ellipsoid headlight assembly - all from Barnes Motor Werks ($190) - 2/23/08
Front spoiler from ebay installed. Fog lights need some wiring attention - 3/1/08
Fog light wiring fixed. Amphenol socket #66590-1 works perfectly in the original BMW connectors (927249-1 which are also made by AMP) - 3/3/08

OBC Light Bar
Hood grounding strap
Shift boot - 3/8/08
oil & filter (189711mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 3/22/08
Rotated tires in rearward cross pattern 191897, 5/10/08
oil & filter (192804mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 5/29/08
Driver's side window regulator and motor, exterior window to door weatherstrip (51 21 1 913 055), 193580 - 6/20/08
Re-replaced fan clutch from bavarian autosport. Noticed the new fan clutch appears to drive the fan with much more authority. 7/3/08 - 193985
oil & filter (195487mi, valvoline 20w-50/purolator filter) - 9/20/08
Rotated tires in rearward cross pattern 196850, 11/1/08
Turned front rotors and replaced front pads.
oil & filter (198580mi, valvoline 20w-50/purolator filter) - 2/10/09
oil & filter (201830mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 5/17/09
New tires, mounted by yours truly O.o P195/65R-14 BFGoodrich Traction T/A H 203672 - 6/24/09
oil & filter (205837mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 8/8/09
oil & filter (209189mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) - 11/8/09
Re-re-replaced fan clutch, this time purchased BEHR brand with lifetime warranty, 209350 - 11/20/09
Rotated tires, 210301, 11/27/09
oil & filter (213278mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) - 1/31/10
Rotated tires, 215095, 4/3/10
oil & filter (215915mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 4/17/10
Turned rear rotors, new pads, 216400 - 5/06/10

Water pump, timing belt and tensioner, and engine fan - 7/17/10 - Replaced due to separated engine and tranny mounts, which allowed fan to eat radiator :(

Replaced right side engine mount and both transmission mounts, and bled/flushed brakes and clutch - 217870 7/24/10
Replaced power steering rack with reman unit from autozone. It appears the poor boots were the only thing holding fluid in.
Replacing all seals is another option for these racks, but based on the state of the rack sealing surface (visually anyway), I
don't believe a reseal would have lasted very many miles. - 218800 9/4/10
Alignment due to steering rack replacement, at Sears again. - 218845 9/5/10
oil & filter (218861mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 9/6/10
Rotated tires, 219463, 9/19/10
oil & filter (221921mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) - 11/21/10
oil & filter (223626mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 3/25/11
New front left ABS sensor, cruise control switch, and lubricated throttle cable. - 4/1/11
New tires, General Altimax 195/65/14, mounted by Giles automotive, 225318, 4/22/11
Removed shift rail spring loaded ball detent cover, lapped flat and replaced. Appears to have finally fixed the transmission leak. 4/23/11
oil & filter (225650mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 5/15/11
oil & filter (228917mi, castrol 20w-50/bosch 3421 filter) - 9/29/11
oil & filter (232970mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 4/20/12
Rotated tires, 235853, 6/16/12
oil & filter (236176mi, castrol 20w-50/purolator filter) - 6/24/12
oil & filter (239882mi, castrol 10w-40/purolator filter) - 11/18/12
Rotated tires + oil & filter (242502mi, pennzoil (hey, it was on sale) 20w-50/purolator filter) - 3/11/13
oil & filter (245894 mi, valvoline 20w-50/purolator filter) - 9/7/13
New fuel filter, new fuel lines from inlet side of filter to fuel rail, rotated tires, 247914 - 2/08/14
oil & filter (249056mi, pennzoil (hey, it was on sale) 20w-50/purolator filter) - 4/27/14
New tires, General Altimax 195/65/14, "road force" balanced by Tires Plus, 252833, 12/23/14
oil & filter (253242mi, oreilly oil (hey, it was on sale) 10w-40/purolator filter) - 1/26/15
New brake and clutch master cylinders. 4/30/15.
oil & filter (258907mi, valvoline high mileage (hey, it was on sale) 10w-40/fram filter) - 1/23/16

Fixed leaking oil pan. Did not have to remove oil pump, steering rack or crossmember - 1/31/16