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    Hey there. I hope to be joining the ranks soon, but Id like to see the car and drive it back to the west coast instead of shipping it.
    (I always wanted to do a road trip anyway)

    So what should I plan for a 3000 trip?
    Valve adj?
    Pit stops... how often?

    etc.. thanks!

    Oh, and from east to west, any recommendations on where i should stop/site see? I was thinking NY, St. Louis (family), Grand Canyon, DC, and maybe a couple National Parks.

  • #2
    I would recommend having it shipped. You just do not truly know whether the car is up to a journey like that until you have lived with it for a while. Not to say you wouldnt luck out and have a wonderful trouble-free trip.
    Petro

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    • #3
      oil change.

      Also, a chase vehicle with a tow dolly.
      -Eric

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      • #4
        Think of it this way. Things either can go very well or go very badly. These cars are somewhat rare and if things go wrong you might not be able to find the right parts even in the biggest parts store. Not to mention an average mechanic will not be able to properly service it for you.

        I strongly suggest getting to know the car before you can go for trips that long.



        - Tire is the other control arm bushing.

        zhpregistry.net

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        • #5
          If you want to drive an unknown car across country I would recommend a complete once over by a qualified mechanic near your start city. Change all the fluids before you leave and enjoy the ride.

          Other than that, bring a bottle of every fluid, fuses, A factory manual CDR, a wi-fi laptop, basic tools, a GPS, A Valentine 1, an ipod full of road tunes and a good friend.

          Are you a member of the BMWCCA? There is a book "Friends of BMW" that could be damn handy in the middle of bumfock whereever.

          http://www.bmwcca.org/members/AM/Tem...tion.cfm#fobmw

          Good luck and take tons of pictures. Oh, and bring a camera.

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          • #6
            Sounds good. I still havent made arrangements with the seller since we are both not at home atm.
            However he did say the car can be driven cross country, but then again hes just saying it. Ill follow through with this later and thanks for looking out.

            Engine has roughly 120k on it atm.

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            • #7
              As was said, make sure the car gets a thorough check out before doing the trip. Change all fluids and have fun. Not a bad idea to bring with you a repair manual on a CD, a waterpump and a few hoses too.


              [email protected]

              1969 2002 racecar
              1989 M3 racecar
              e39 Touring

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              • #8
                oh yeah, have everything checked over and I would recommend looking at the following in particular:

                Cap and Rotor
                center support/guibo
                alternator belt/ground cable/voltage regulator
                make sure it doesn't leak too much oil and bring some
                make sure it doesn't leak too much coolant and bring some.
                make sure all the plenum vacuum connections are secured.
                check the exhaust hangers
                perhaps an extra fuel pump(s) just incase.
                tools!

                88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
                89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
                85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
                91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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                • #9
                  Just to add to the list...

                  - good set of metric tools
                  - fan belts
                  - duck tape and electrical tape
                  - flashlight
                  Petro

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                  • #10
                    just to add to the list;

                    Bring a spare motor, transmission, rear end, alternator bracket, water pump, head, crank, coolant reservoir, CTS, water, oil, toolbox, duck tape, electrical tape, fuel tank, fuel filter, gauge cluster, fuses, headlight switch, etc....etc.

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                    • #11
                      A set of rod bearings wouldn't hurt either.
                      1989 M3 (till I die)
                      1987 325iS (sold)
                      1985 325e (sold)
                      1984 318i (sold)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ///Mflossin
                        just to add to the list;

                        Bring a spare motor, transmission, rear end, alternator bracket, water pump, head, crank, coolant reservoir, CTS, water, oil, toolbox, duck tape, electrical tape, fuel tank, fuel filter, gauge cluster, fuses, headlight switch, etc....etc.
                        thats a great way to turn away a new owner.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bennetts22
                          thats a great way to turn away a new owner.
                          Don't worry, he doesn't scare me.

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                          • #14
                            good enjoy your new ride

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                            • #15
                              This might be out of the way a bit, but if everything goes through with this purchase I will be doing a bit of maintainence and refreshing before I head back to the West Coast. I plan on dropping by NY so if anyone around there knows a good shop, please let me know.

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