How to Provide Proper Care for Your BMW 325ci
Any owner of a BMW 325ci knows that he owns one of the best-manufactured cars on the road. Definitely not an economy car, every BMW car out there is a masterpiece that moves. Since it is a luxury car, it is important that you take care of it really well. If you don't know where to start, here are some tips that you can do to make sure that your car's lifespan is extended for as long as possible.
- Protect your car during winter season.
If you live in an area that has a cold snap during winter or even snows, then you will need to take extra measures to ensure that your BMW 325ci is ready for the season. Before winter arrives, you must do a series of inspection so you can avoid the inconvenience of your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere while it's freezing. If your car is due for a tune-up, get it done before the winter season starts. The cold will just magnify the existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance, and rough idling. Next, flush out your old antifreeze and fill the cooling system with new ones. As a general rule, you need to do this every two years. Also, make sure that your car's heater, defroster, and wipers work properly. If you can, use winter wiper blades and washer fluid that work well during cold weather. Lastly, inspect the tire tread depth and the tire pressure. If it snows in your area, buy a set of special tires designed to grip icy roads.
- Keep up the maintenance even during spring and summer.
Whether you use your car every day or not, you still need to keep it well maintained all four seasons long. Especially during the summer when you will most likely take your BMW 325ci out for a drive more often and with its hood down, this may also be a more likely time for engine problems to show. Before you go on a road trip, take some precautions to keep you safe and your expenses within budget. Make sure that your tires have the right pressure. Check it once a week particularly when there's a significant change in temperature outside, since the tire pressure changes along with it. Also, change the oil and oil filter to clean out the debris in your engine. If you installed any parts that were specifically for winter, now is the time to remove them. Keeping them on can damage your car or endanger you while you drive.
- Clean the bodywork and interior.
A BMW doesn't just drive well; it also looks good. Whatever the season, you need to keep your car clean. If there was a buildup of salt on your car during the winter, spray it out as soon as the weather gets warmer. Clean the wheels to remove the salt and dirt deposits as well. While you wash your car, take the time to inspect any damages on the exterior, such as scrapes on the paint and cracks on the windshield. Should you find any, get them repaired as soon as possible.
BMW 325Ci and the Series That Made History
The BMW 3 Series is the German automaker’s best-selling model that was introduced in the mid-1970s in Europe. It was produced in six generations and in different body styles including sedans, convertibles, sport wagons, and coupes. By combining power and fuel efficiency, this line-up was designed to bridge the gap between large muscle cars and small sports cars. On the second generation of the BMW 3 Series, BMW introduced its first ever true convertible model – the BMW 325Ci. Since then, the 325Ci and the rest of the BMW 3 Series have never stopped making history.
1987: BMW’s first convertible
The BMW 325Ci has played a huge role in the continued evolution of the BMW 3 series. It was introduced in 1987 while the BMW 3 Series was on its second generation and continuing to redevelop. It was the year when the E30 line-up really came of age. The 325Ci was one of several 325 packages that were available that year when BMW decided to abandon the concept of reducing power and increasing gas mileage.
Manufactured with six cylinders, the BMW 325Ci was equipped with a 215-horsepower engine capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Aside from that, the BMW 325Ci also featured a six-speed manual transmission, 10-speaker audio system with two subwoofers, front and rear airbags, automatic rain-sensing wipers, dual climate control, and automatic headlights. The BMW 325Ci also offered an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon fuel economy in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
1988: Moving to US
This was the first year that the original E30 M3 models were sold in the United States. BMW also took safety and performance to a whole new level with the introduction of the all-wheel-drive. For this model year, BMW has also introduced one of its newest models, the M version of the 3 series called the TM3.
1996: The transformation
In 1996, the BMW 325i, equipped with a larger engine and sleeker design, morphed into the 328i. The 325Ci became the two-door 328Ci convertible with a 2.8-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. Its horse power went up to 190 and its torque went from 181 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm to 207 lb-ft at 3,950 rpm.
1999: The BMW 328Ci
After a complete transformation in 1996, the BMW 325i came out in 1999 from major exterior upgrades in the form of the BMW 328Ci. For this model year, the former BMW 325i featured a redesigned headlight, revised front grille, a longer chassis, and a new spoiler with larger air intakes. Other improvements for this year include cornering brake control (CBC) and automatic stability control with traction (ASC+T).