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      12-18-2017, 01:41 PM   #1
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New Guy intro and maintenance manual question

All,
I am very happy to find this forum specifically dedicated to the 3 Series GT.
My wife bought an off lease 2014 328 GT about 18 months ago and our prepaid maintenance has just run out. I am an experienced home mechanic with a fairly complete shop in my garage and I have restored, maintained and repaired all of my own cars for the past 20 years. They have mostly been M-Benz cars, but I also have an old ALFA that is a 2-3 condition car and have owned assorted VWs. I have been a fairly frequent poster and contributor on the MB and ALFA forums.
I know that most of the maintenance and repair info out there for the 3 Series applies to our cars, but also that there are significant differences as well. Is there a GT specific manual that anyone finds useful?
For example I am about to do my first at home oil and filter service and I notice that the GT does not have the access panel in the belly pan that the other 3 series cars have. I will drop the belly pan this time, but I will also fabricate a trap door to make future service easier.
This is our first BMW and I was really lukewarm abut it until we owned it for a few months. Certain things like the electric power steering, navigation interface and poor rear visibility just got on my nerves, but after a few long trips I came to appreciate the rear legroom, comfort and cargo capacity.
Anyway, it is nice to meet you all.

Nick S.
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      12-18-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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I haven't done my own oil yet, so I can't help there, but if you're going to do your work get a Bentley manual and a Foxwell NT510. I think ECS has a sale going on now with Schwaben/Foxwell gear.
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      12-18-2017, 04:19 PM   #3
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Thanks Billfitz

Thanks Bill. I just googled this scanner and I am impressed. This GT is the most modern car I own and the features on the scanner are impressive. Retracting Caliper pistons is huge!!
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