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Here's my updated "might break" list for 95 owners (archive)

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Posted by Scott Snider on September 15, 2001 at 22:07:14:

Based on all the feedback I've gotten (and my own experiences) here's the tally on what to expect for your street driven 95 M3...

If you have a 95...the following WILL MOST LIKELY FAIL (probably before 100K miles):
1. original plastic impeller water pump
2. radiator (at the damn neck!)
3. thermostat (due largely to the plastic housing)
4. fuel pump (this one's iffy, but it'll be my next preemptive fix!)
5. power steering hose connections (put on standard clamps to solve this one)

AND....here's what MIGHT fail up to around 150K miles:
1. window motors (there IS a fix, but it's time consuming)
2. timing chain tensioners
3. vanos (mine's got the "marbles rollin' around" sound, but no loss of power)
4. fuel senders
5. steering rack components
6. control arm bushings (this one degrades your ride quality without ripping to pieces - tough to diagnose!)
7. clutch (throwout bearing goes first)
8. rear shock tower mounts

AND...of course, here's what COULD fail within 200K (these are obvious ones, bear with me!)
1. front wheel bearings
2. shocks/struts
3. AC compressor components/brackets (known defect on our cars: base plate, pulley and compressor mount - mine were replaced for free because of this)
4. catalytic convertor

BUT...all in all, your car might see a tenth of these potential problems, or less! And we all know they're very well built vehicles, so take all this stuff with a grain of salt! I began this little crusade when my radiator neck cracked at 91K miles, NOTHING had broken before that!! Now at 96K miles, my throw-out bearing is about to go, so I'll replace the clutch and do some other goodies since she'll be taken apart, but it's good to know the clutch still had 25-30K more miles on it for as "spirited" as I drive!! ...I wanted to know what else might be lurking around the corner to stop me in my tracks...luckily, it's not much!

Scott Snider
95 dakar M3/2 "Gretchen"
ECIS CAIS w/ Euro HFM & AA chip
96K miles
Maryland



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