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Guys, I'd like your recommendation on pending 328 service.

Discussion in '308/328' started by Nationaltec, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Nationaltec

    Nationaltec Karting

    Dec 22, 2003
    157
    North County
    Full Name:
    Patrick
    Ok.. my scenario... (I'll try to be brief but I'd really like your suggestions)

    86 328GTS Purchased 12/03 55K miles $36K, (no prior service records, (a "miticulous" previous owner had for 14 months, performed basic service, oil change, plugs etc.. lost his job had to sell. he purchased from a LA broker with no records) history checked clean, passed CA smog fine.

    Exterior Condition: Nearly flawless, a few minor stone chips. Tires A+, under-carriage looked fine. Weather striping perfect. Targa squeaks as they normally do. Not even a key scratch on the lock assemblies.!!

    Interior: Again, flawless. Every switch, knob and light bulb works great. Cold A/C etc.. Typical slow passenger window was all I noticed.

    Engine: After 1600 miles of personal use, nothing! Runs great, shifts smooth, no rear chatter, no leaks, no white smoke,hoses look great, "OEM" oil/air filters new, engine compartment clean & well kept. Starts "hot" perfect every time. (below 42° it takes about 5 tries though, ticking belt noise at startup at that temperature, then nothing). Engine/oil Temps perfect even in gridlock. I did snap a frayed throttle cable the previous owner warned me about. Otherwise that's it.

    Overall: Drives great, wheel alignment perfect. No shimmy or squeaks and tire wear very consistent. I'd say 10K miles of tire wear.

    Otherwise I consider myself extremly lucky with this purchase!

    SOOOOOOOO... From my few months of F-Chat experience.. What would you guys recommend to re-establish service records and get some "piece of mind" back?

    I'M THINKING THIS ~~ based on my F-Chat reading... Any input?

    Minimum:
    Timing belts
    All hoses (Fuel & Coolant)
    Brakes (Purge and new pads)
    Cables (Emerg brake,throttle, clutch)
    Gearbox oil ( Redline ?, I know another debate!)
    Oil Change ( go AGIP, mech says he's seen a few polished heads with Mobil one Synth)

    Suggestions?
    60K Service? rebuild?
    Clutch ?
    Water pump?
    Valve Adj?
    Anything I'm forgetting?


    I've scheduled service with a highly recommended independent during my upcoming Ireland Vacation. (So he'll have two weeks with no rush ) but I need to give him some direction as to what I want.

    Personally, I'm going to keep the car. So cost is not an issue and I consider it a good investment regardless. This wont be a garage queen !! I'll put 3-6K miles of pleasure miles a year on it..


    I respect the fellow F-Chatters opinion...! and would welcome any suggestions or experiences.

    Thanks again everyone for your fantastic help and advice...!!!
    Patrick
     
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  3. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 30, 2001
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    Do the 60k ASAP.
     
  4. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
    2,721
    Worcester, MA
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    Michael.C.James
    FUEL LINES, FUEL LINES, FUEL LINES

    Mine are currently leaking, and are 'only' seven years old....go F$%ING figure.....
     
  5. Glassman

    Glassman F1 World Champ
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    I agree, and also the coolant lines, mine just started leaking and I thought they were in great condition.
    And what exactly is wrong with a Garage Queen anyway?
     
  6. GTO84

    GTO84 Formula Junior

    Dec 13, 2003
    562
    Definitly valve adjustment and front coolant hoses.
     
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  8. Rblcar

    Rblcar Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
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    San Diego
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    Craig R.
    Patrick, I have a 1988 328 (new to me in Oct 03), and am also in North County, (Escondido). I am curious as to your choice of mechanic as I need to make a similar decision.
    Thanks,
    Craig
     

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