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Thread: William's 330Ci ZHP Maintenance and Project Thread

  1. #831
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    Not too much to report. I put ~1,000 miles on the clock over the past few days during Fall Break and the car ran like clockwork. I drove down from Portland to Bend, then up to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington. Averaged about 31+ mpg to Bend and back, and about 25 mpg to San Juans and back (a lot of puttering around Orcas hurt the mileage). It was a very nice break from med school.

    Other odds and ends I may or may not have mentioned:
    • Having recently sold my interior and having an infusion of cash, I'm finally considering replacing the cracked windshield. The growth of the crack has stopped so I don't think there's eminent danger of it getting worse, and as a result there's no rush to get it fixed (other than the constant, glaring reminder of it every time I get in the car). I need to call around to BMW dealerships and see who they use for replacement windshields (or any suggestions you guys have).
    • The car is filthy. I haven't had time with school to wash it or basically do much of anything for it. Hopefully next weekend.
    • I scratched the front passenger wheel thanks to parallel parking in a "construction area" on some gravel that was actually very loose and the gravel gave way, causing the whole car to slide into the side walk
    • My maintenance spreadsheet shows every basic scheduled maintenance item is up to date except for a brake fluid flush, and I'm probably due to rotate the tires (every 5k miles).
    • I plan to "store" this car at my folks' place and test out using my grandmother's Honda Civic (2006, 14k miles) since parking at my apartment is street parking and my car just gets filthy sitting there. But that process may take a while with limited free time.

  2. #832
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    Good to hear, man. 2006 Civic with 14k miles ?!?! Amazing.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    146,000 miles

  3. #833
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    Glad you're still driving the whip bruh

    Find you an independent windshield guy (not Safelite, etc) and ask him if he can get Pilkington glass for a BMW. That's the OEM stuff and not much more expensive than the recycled trash glass that Safelite uses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    Good to hear, man. 2006 Civic with 14k miles ?!?! Amazing.
    It's lived a very rough 14k miles with my grandmother behind the wheel. Every body panel has some sort of scratch/dent. The left tail light was spray painted a beige color to cover up some stuff. A grandmother original!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Glad you're still driving the whip bruh

    Find you an independent windshield guy (not Safelite, etc) and ask him if he can get Pilkington glass for a BMW. That's the OEM stuff and not much more expensive than the recycled trash glass that Safelite uses.
    I really had trouble finding a decent independent windshield person around town. One I called refused to use anything but what they wanted, and another wanted $600+. My mechanic said to call local BMW dealerships and see who they contract out with to repair windshield issues and contact them directly.

  5. #835
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    Yikes do you have the rain sensor? I could see some guys not wanting to bother with that with how finicky they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    Yikes do you have the rain sensor? I could see some guys not wanting to bother with that with how finicky they are.
    I do have a rain sensor, but that never even came up in the conversation.

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    Mileage on 01/01/18: 59,670.

    Mileage on 01/01/19: 66,567.

    Total miles driven in 2018: 6,897

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