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Posted by moots on March 27, 2000 at 20:45:50:

In Reply to: Do-it yourself projects?? posted by ace on March 27, 2000 at 13:50:44:

Hey Ace,
Welcome to Bimmerworld.The car is a dream to own and drive and I have never regretted ever
buying the car.Below are my suggestions:

Tranny mount - best leave to shop.Tranny may need to be removed and it is heavy.
Power steering hoses - DIY
Upper control arm bushings - DIY
front sway bar boots - ??link yes but boots?dunno.
fog/headlight lenses - DIY
coolant level sensor - DIY

Tranny fluid - manual DIY
Motor Oil - DIY
Brake fluid - DIY
A/C - If total system service-dealer.

moots '90 520i

: Ok, I am soon to be the owner of a `91 525i. The car looked and drove great to me, but I brought it to a bmw mechanic for a thorough checkout. They came back with a few normal wear items that are not uncommon:

: Replace:
: Tranny mount
: Power steering hoses
: Upper control arm bushings
: front sway bar boots
: fog/headlight lenses
: coolant level sensor

: Service:
: Tranny fluid
: Motor Oil
: Brake fluid
: A/C

: I am not going to even attempt the A/C or the front end work, but how big of a project are these other things. I am no master mechanic, but I can turn a wrench and read a repair manual (which I have yet to obtain). I have been told by a few local bmw owners that the tranny mount job consists of jacking up on the transmission and changing out a bushing. People tell me the coolant level sensor is easy to change out, but requires a coolant flush and refill. What about the pwr steering lines? Will that involve de/re-pressurization of the steering system? Can that be done out of the shop?

: As far as the fluid servicing, can they be done at regular, reputable mechanic shops such as transmission or brake specialists? And can a place like JiffyLube(TM) or myself adequately change the oil and filter?

: Thanks in advance.

: -ace

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