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Old 04-13-2019, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Purplefade View Post
"secret sauce" - Oh lordie, share with a brother , I'm keeping an eye on the oil level but still (embarrassedly) driving the smoker... I did bump to 10w40 and tried Restore, seemed to work for a little while... maybe a year and then was back just like that!)

I feel like I try to be as preventative as I can for the most part, not throw money at it per say but when my water pump died I did the entire cooling system refresh and two new belts, or my bushings crapped and I found a little bit of play in 1 lower arm, I did the entire front suspension, etc..
Secret sauce = lubrimoly 10w50 + Lucas oil treatment + at205 re seal at oil changes. Never need to add oil between changes... So far. It's a band aid for sure but I couldn't drive a smoker.

I'm like you with maintenance. If one part of the suspension fails, it all gets done. Belt makes a nose? Both get replaced plus the tensioners and idler pulley. It's kept me from ever being stranded in one of my ~ 20 BMW's. So far... 😉
2005 X5 4.4i Build 04/05 Maintenance/Build Log
Nav, Pano, Sport (Purchased 06/14 w/ 109,000 miles) (Sold 8/15 w/121,000 miles)

2006 X5 4.8is Build 11/05 Maintenance/Build Log
Nav, DSP, Pano, Running Boards, OEM Tow Hitch, Cold Weather Pckg (Purchased 08/15 w/ 90,500 miles)

2010 X5 35d Build 02/10
Nav, HiFi, 6 DVD, Sports Pckg, Cold Weather Pckg, HUD, CAS, Running Boards, Leather Dash, PDC, Pano (Purchased 03/17 w/ 136,120 miles)
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