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      08-02-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Arrow Work on your E92 yourself????

I have not yet had a run in with an E92 so I dont quite know what they are like to work on, but given my experiences with E46's I cant imagine them being any easier to work on.

E92 owners: have you attempted to do any work on your car at all?
Exhausts, Brakes, Oil, etc?? if so are they as hard to work with as I am imagining?
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      08-02-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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changed my exhaust, then changed it back myself. It was very easy. The rest of it I'm already paying for every time I make a monthly payment, so nope I won't be attempting to do it myself. Thanks to the 4 year 50,000 mile warranty.
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      08-02-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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When i download the manual for changing the oil and if it's easy to do with no "special tools/equipment" needed, then that's about it. After the warranty is out, then probebly allot more as more manuals are made available.
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      08-02-2008, 05:21 PM   #4
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since everything other than gas & tires is free for the 1st 4 years-50K miles....I'll let them do it...

However I did take the wheels off to clean them and get a look at the brakes....so if I experience some brake fade at the track I will flush the fluid and put in some ATE Super Gold (that way they can't tell by color) to improve things...
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      08-02-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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...with all the electronics that control this car/engine?!?! I am not sure that being a good mechanic is sufficient anymore so there is no way that I would take even a small chance to f@!#$ it up when it is free for the next 50k miles!! (not that I am a good mechanic anyway, but stil, you got my point).
I also stil fail to understand why so many people want to "optimize" this car, its engine, the exhaust, etc. I am sure that BMW did the best that could be done (with the exception of the odometer limiter) and I'd rather pay first for racing lessons to be able to exploit the full potential of this beast... but may be this is just me.
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Lots of things anyone who has any mechanical sense or skill and a few tools can do. I have not wrenched on my car yet but wrenched the heck out of my E36 M3 and from a mechanical perspective there is not much difference. You can easily:

-Change oil, filter, air filter, microfilter
-Change/swamp lights, exterior and interior
-Change brake pads, brakes, rotors
-Add stainless steel brake lines
-Change struts, shocks
-Install exhaust
-Change diff fluid
-Hardwire radar detector
-Change belts
-Flush radiator
-etc., etc., etc.

That being said working on most cars built later than the 80's is a bit painful in the fact that space is at a serious premium and getting your hands and tools into some spots is REALLY tough.

Also if you actually own and drive a Lambo you probably should not waste your time wrenching on your own car.
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Lots of things anyone who has any mechanical sense or skill and a few tools can do. I have not wrenched on my car yet but wrenched the heck out of my E36 M3 and from a mechanical perspective there is not much difference. You can easily:

-Change oil, filter, air filter, microfilter
-Change/swamp lights, exterior and interior
-Change brake pads, brakes, rotors
-Add stainless steel brake lines
-Change struts, shocks
-Install exhaust
-Change diff fluid
-Hardwire radar detector
-Change belts
-Flush radiator
-etc., etc., etc.

That being said working on most cars built later than the 80's is a bit painful in the fact that space is at a serious premium and getting your hands and tools into some spots is REALLY tough.

Also if you actually own and drive a Lambo you probably should not waste your time wrenching on your own car.

yeah well put it this way, I once tried to change the oil in the Murcielago.

big ass mistake, I basically had it on a lift, looked at the fully enclosed underbody and said "screw it"
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With my E46, I changed the oil/filter and brake pads. I also added an iPod adapter and the OEM bluetooth kit and hardwired my radar detector. Space is pretty tight in places, but I had no major problems doing any of that stuff.

I've built up a nice set of tools over time and have gotten pretty good at tuning and wrenching on cars, but I don't plan to do much with the E92 though because it has everything I want right out of the box and I just don't have the time that I used to. I'm only going to hardwire a V1 and add the OEM alarm.
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      08-05-2008, 02:16 PM   #10
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I've never performed any engine work, but I've performed suspension work on my E46 ///M3. I'd do the same on an E92.
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For track purposes, I change brake pads front & back myself. It should be very easy on the E92 M3 and not too much different than it was on my M5. I don't enjoy driving near 10/10ths at the track with stock brake pads due to fade potential and I don't enjoy driving with the loud squeal and uncertain cold braking performance of race pads on public roads so frequent swaps before and after all track days are a must. All else, I leave to BMW Ultimate service, except I do pay for more frequent oil & differential fluid changes that are not on the maintenance schedule due to the extremes the drivetrain has to endure at track events.
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aside from maybe oil changes, no work on the e92 M for me at the first 50k point
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      08-05-2008, 03:58 PM   #13
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Quote:
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You can easily:

-Change/swamp lights, exterior and interior

LOL Swamp said swamp!
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      08-05-2008, 04:04 PM   #14
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Lots of things anyone who has any mechanical sense or skill and a few tools can do. I have not wrenched on my car yet but wrenched the heck out of my E36 M3 and from a mechanical perspective there is not much difference. You can easily:

-Change oil, filter, air filter, microfilter
-Change/swamp lights, exterior and interior
-Change brake pads, brakes, rotors
-Add stainless steel brake lines
-Change struts, shocks
-Install exhaust
-Change diff fluid
-Hardwire radar detector
-Change belts
-Flush radiator
-etc., etc., etc.
Asside from the "free" stuff by the dealer, I WILL be doing oil changes between "intervals" for sure.

Also, owning two previous E36 M3's, I became quite familiar with all sorts of crap on it. I am sure I will be as well versed with the new one.

Down the road I will prolly change to SS brake lines as I hate the initial spongy pedal...there is a dead spot IMHO..SS lines do not "buldge" like rubber ones, so it will help a bit. I will prolly change to a more agressive pad to, like a Pagid RS29 (eduro pad), in the future too. I will do it all myself as looking at the calipers last night, they are very similar to the E36's, just bigger. Most of that sort of crap is really easy to DIY. I think I installed every mod on my E36 M3 myself...suspension, brakes, belts, tranny mounts, shifter linkage and mount, etc, etc. It aint that hard...just gotta go for it! That's how you learn!
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