Rain-proofing your BMW 325
Exposure to water can have many negative effects on a car because water reacts with the metal components of the car. Corrosion develops and the car's parts are slowly destroyed by rust. Accidents are more prone to happen because of car components that may have not been properly working. But as easy as it is for water to harm your car, it is actually not that hard to protect your car from it as well. If you want your BMW 325 to withstand the monsoon season, follow these upkeep tips.
- Make sure that all the exterior warning lights are working.
Warning lights are there for a reason: to keep people safe. Make sure that the exterior lights of your BMW 325 are working properly not just to ensure your safety, but other people's as well. When it's pouring rain and there's low visibility, the lights of your car are your key to arriving safely at your destination. If there's a busted bulb, replace it immediately and don't even consider delaying it. Because the last thing you want would be another car ramming your rear because your brake signals didn't light up and the other driver had no idea that you were stopping.
- Replace worn-out wiper blades.
Check the rubber of your wiper blades for signs of deterioration just before the rainy season comes in. Just because you weren't using them during the summer doesn't mean that they have not worn out already. Remember, heat makes rubber wear out, and the rubber of your wiper blades are not an exemption. Check your wipers and replace their rubbers if you don't want to end up seeing only raindrops on your windshield. If you can't see the road clearly, then there's a high risk that you'll end up getting into an accident.
- Replace thinning brake pads.
Wet roads are slippery and cause drivers to lose control of their car. And once you lost control of yours, your only hope to avoid getting into an accident is your brake system. So make sure that the brake pads of your car are not yet worn out or have become too thin. Have them checked and replaced immediately to avoid malfunctioning of the brake. And while you're at it, have the brake fluid checked as well. It should not be contaminated with foreign particles or below the prescribed level. If it is no longer in good condition, have your brake fluid flushed out and replenished with a fresh one.
- Make sure that your car is sealed.
The weatherstripping of your car is what seals the interior from the elements. It keeps air and water from entering the cabin. With that being said, have your car's weatherstripping checked for signs of rubber deterioration or areas wherein the rubber has already lost its adhesive. Because like your wiper blades, the rubber of your weatherstripping also deteriorates because of heat, not to mention the continuous strain it suffers every time the doors of your car are being closed and opened. Either you use a sealant and glue back the parts where the rubber had lost its adhesive, or replace the entire weatherstripping to ensure that your car is indeed sealed.
BMW 325: A Jewel in the German Automaker’s 3-Series Line
The BMW 325 was part of BMW’s very successful line of compact executive cars—the 3 Series. Since the time it was introduced, it has been one of the automaker’s best-selling models. Sales of the 3 Series, in fact, accounts for approximately 30% of BMW’s annual total automotive sales.
1984: The first 325 (325e – the first 3 Series fitted with catalytic converter)
It was in the second generation of 3-Series, 1984 to be exact, when the 325 model was introduced, along with the eta six-cylinder engine. With the 325e designation (e signifies efficiency), this 3-Series model was fitted with BMW’s new fuel-saving concept, making it not just powerful but also clean and economical. But what made this model more noteworthy is its being the first 3-Series variant to be outfitted with a catalytic converter.
That same year, BMW also launched the ultra-power 325i, with 325iX variant featuring a permanent four-wheel drive system. These variants derived power from the 2.5-liter version of the M20, which generated 169 hp and was fitted with Bosch Motronic fuel injection. Anti-lock braking system was also standard.
1990: The 325TD and 325TDS (the first four-cylinder turbo diesel under the 318 tds)
The third generation of the 3-Series was marked by the debut of the four-door sedan, which showed off unmatched elegance and modern technology. While coupe versions were released two years after, the sedan had already found its way to the people’s heart because it was significantly larger and, thus, more spacious. Other highlights of this generation were the unveiling of the new BMW M3 as well as the new convertible.
Two other newcomers in this generation were the new six-cylinder engines–the 2.5-litre, 85 kW/115 hp powertrain and the new six-cylinder engine featuring turbocharger and intercooler and was able to crank out 105 kW/143 hp. The former powertrain was fitted under the hood of the BMW 325td while the latter provided power to the BMW 325tds, which made it able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds.
2005: The new 325i (better performance, respectable fuel economy)
The fifth generation of the 3-Series made its global premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show. This generation was marked by the path-breaking innovations received by the Series’ petrol and diesel engines. With power output of 160kW/218 hp, the 325i was able to offer BMW’s six-cylinder dynamics in two levels. It is also among the BMW models that offered a world first—the first magnesium-aluminum composite crankcase used in volume-production engines.
The BMW 325 variants released all through the fifth generation of 3-Series still delivered the universally-acclaimed ride and handling balance that seemed to be exclusive to the 3 Series. The 325i Sport package included a 17-inch wheels and tires, fatter steering wheel, stiffer suspension, as well as grippy front sport seats featuring thigh and bolster adjustments.