I figure an update every 14 months is warranted, hah!
About this time last year, my neighbor knocked over a bike in the garage, which fell onto the front bumper. Even though it was a relatively mild hit, the 17 year old plastic kinda shattered at the impact site. My neighbor offered to pay up for a new bumper, so I got that all installed.
We got lucky in that there was pretty much no snow this winter so the RWD did just fine. Over the winter i replaced the lower chain guide tensioner. The first 4 seconds after startup sounded TERRIBLE, but then the normal rattle I'd gotten used to went away. I also had to replace the front Roundel. When on the freeway, I saw the old one let go and hit my windshield! I never realized it'd just a sticker on a metal backing. While I was making an order, to get free shipping, I also got a rear cupholder delete, and a wheel pin for installing my summers with spacers. Getting everything to line up is a PITA, and the wheel pin should make everything super easy now. And the rear cupholders were useless and broken, so the delete just adds a cubby where they used to be. Nobody sits in my back seat anyways, but now i dont see the cockeyed broken cupholders every time i walk to my car from the rear.
I also just pulled the trigger on another $600+ in wear items for this thing. Nothing comes cheap, and everyone on the bmw forums swears that non-oem electronics simply dont work right. And of course, OEM is 4x+ the cost of the generic versions, and then there's two of everything. Like having to buy 2x Bosch MAFs makes me miss the Subaru's "simplicity." But the plus side is that every one of these "wear" items is directly related to power production, so I'm h
oping that I'll regain some of the lost HP.
2x Pre-cat O2 sensors
3x Camshaft Position Sensors (one already replaced)
Next on my list will probably be a preventative fuel pump change and a VANOS overhaul. And this weekend I'll swap to the summer wheels finally!