Robert, one of our readers, and a proud owner of Z3 E36 model, sent in a question regarding the recommended maintenance for this rare and unique model.
I have a Z3 series E36 with a M44 1.9 engine. Around to turn over 30,000 miles (I drive around 1,500 miles/year). What do you recommend for maintenance? No mechanical or performance problems (the 4-cylinder Z is not much of a speedster). I’m inclined to do nothing but an oil change.
Will a tune-up really make a difference? Ignition coils are pricey.
Assuming it’s been on BMW scheduled maintenance, I would think that you have only done two oil changes. If it were my car I would change the oil and oil filter, air filter, the cabin air filter, the fuel filter, spark plugs, and the differential and transmission fluid.Lastly, I would make sure to change the coolant, thermostat and water pump. Make sure to only use BMW factory coolant that is blue: all others have stuff that can hurt the alloys in your cooling system. Bimmerworld and a Bavarian Autosport also sell some stuff would work but those are the only places I would get it.It would depend if any shocks or bushings were leaking or worn, but If they are you could consider putting new shocks. I like Konis myself. As far as bushings go I prefer PowerFlex.Don’t forget about brake fluid!The above recommendations are if you plan to keep it for the rest of your natural born life!Good luck!