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BMW 328i -E90 Suspension Maintenance - Wear and Tear in NJ

We all know the amounts of snow and cold temperatures that have set in for the Tri-state area, and New Jersey has had its fair share of snow fall. At Phil's Service we have been getting an increase of requests on the BMW E90 chassis, or 3-series from 2006-2011. They are all now around 35-85,000 on the odometer and needing the typical upkeep to stay driving like they were intended to feel on the road. 

Like prior 3-series, these need front control arms with bushing, sway bar links, and even sometime shocks. Its imperative to keep this maintenance up due to safety making sure the grip and ride stay intact. The vehicle in the photo is a 2010 328i with xdrive and roughly only 34,000 on the clock and needs only front control arm bushings. The customer stated feeling a pulsation when driving and even braking. Sure enough it was the typical items we knew of. 

Things to feel for:

  1. Bouncing while driving
  2. Vibration in the steering wheel
  3. Feels loose - BMWs are typical road huggers

For the E90 owners out there if your vehicle is in that range of mileage it wouldn't hurt to get the car checked out to make sure your BMW keeps driving like the ultimate driving machine. 

MG Engine removal during tear down

The 1968 MGC GT shop project is really underway, you can view the updated status at our Facebook Page. It took some time to wheel her into the shop but once in our bay we focused quickly to get the drive train out–had to reposition the vehicle to remove the springs. We are also being extremely careful to remove the original glass for the car since we will be using this after the build. Minor lines and harness with a few odds and ends are left. The rotisserie will be happening shortly prior to sand blasting.

MGC GT Gutted

We had some time this week to begin stripping down the MGC GT to get it ready for sand blasting and see what body parts we would need to acquire. As we began taking it down to our surprise majority of the body panels where in-tack. We will need a floor boards along with a rear hatch. The rotisserie will be getting to the shop next week so we can work a lot easier and begin to have her creep in and out of the shop. 

The Project Begins - 99 ML320 to 5.5L AMG

Its time to put our engine stock to good use. We currently have a 5.5L AMG Natural Aspirated and a 5.5L AMG Supercharged engine waiting to a transplant of new life to a Mercedes chassis. We recently just acquired a 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 with 117K on it that needs some more horses. This ML will undergo a transplant and go from 210HP to 360HP along with suspension upgrades, AMG wheels, and other goodies. Its going to be an interesting build that will require factory Mercedes harness. The fuel management will likely be from a C43 AMG (W202) but once we get into it we will document this process. 

1999 Mercedes ML320 to 5.5L AMG Power

1999 Mercedes ML320 to 5.5L AMG Power

Mercedes E350 Dead Command Unit

This weeks interesting job was on a clients Mercedes E350. Customer stated the radio, navigation, screen was complete black (in-op). Checked the basics and everything looked normal, but after connecting our Star diagnostics, it showed no communication with the command unit. 

Once we replaced the command unit supplied from Mercedes-Benz direct (factory part), we loaded the telematic DVD that is only supplied from Mercedes headquarters to authorized independent shops. We then mated the unit to the vehicle permanently thru SCN coding. 

Proof you need to take your vehicle to the proper repair facility to get the job done right. Our client now has his E350 wagon back on the road working correctly, good thing because he drove 2 hours to have this work done here. 

Porsche Boxster S - No Nav issue resolved

Preowned Porsche Boxter S was purchased by a new client and the navigation system was in-op. We diagnosed with a PIWIS tester (factory) to see if the proper coding was in-place, which was showing to be fine. On top we saw that there was no fiber optic signal coming from main head unit to the nav control box. All other radio function worked correctly.

Upon further investigation someone was in here before hand and installed an after-market system and popped in place this unit for sale. Disassembled the unit, repaired the communication lines and the fiber-optic cabling. It instantly worked! For any pre-owned vehicle we recommend that you have everything inspected before you make a purchase.