My MKIV just hit 93000 miles 20 mins ago. I am trying to prepare a list of things I need to get done for the 100,000 mile interval. So far, I have the standard:
oil + oil filter
power steering flush (good idea?)
replace headunit, since the current one i have is malfunctioning badly (any ideas on replacements?)
Anything else I should take care of, or look into?
Things I remember that I have replaced within the past 1.5 years:
water pump (when it leaked)
coilpacks (when it failed)
brake pads + rotors (they were done)
oil + filter
dont remember if i already did coolant + brake flush... i understand it has to be done every 2 years according to manual, but i figure by the time i hit 100k it should be done anyway.
Battery replaced 3.5 years ago
Tires replaced 4 years ago
Radiator + pipes replaced 4 years ago (leaking and overheating YIKES)
I also need to do the auto transmission flush (automagic FTL, yes i know, but i've had this car since 2001 and i'm in with it) but from what i remember, it is a pain in the butt because the exhaust has to be dropped..... the reason why i'm hesitant to do it is because i'm afraid of causing more problems caused by removing and installing the exhaust, as well as flushing the auto trans. A minority of people in the E46 BMW forums advise against auto trans flush, but most recommend it... however, only a handful of people have actually done it. Unlike the VW forums, most E46 owners on the forums are auto owners. I have a manual so that doesnt apply to me, and since the MKIV was my first "real" car and also my first automatic car, I have no experience in replacing auto trans fluid and its effects. Any thoughts on this?
Also, having owned my car for 9 years, and after coming up with numerous ideas of modding my car, I finally decided on how I want to mod my stock MKIV Jetta VR6 ( omg his MKIV is stock!!! Even after 9 years of ownership!! )
I decided on a set of coilovers, wheels, a euroswitch, and some headlights. The wheels are going to be OEM, something along the lines of Santa Monicas or the BBS wheels that came with the newer 1.8T GLI. The headlights, I have a couple ideas for.... either a FX-R retrofit, or e-codes.
First off, do they still make e-codes? Where can I buy them or shop for the lowest prices? I havent been in the MKIV forum regularly for ages and I dont remember the sponsors.
OEM HID's are out of the question... $1300 for a pair is just ridic lol.... A retro fit is cheaper (atleast as far as I know, if it isnt, let me know now!) and more fun to do. If I go the retrofit route, I plan on buying a second set of headlights, just so I dont have to chop up my current ones and end up ruining them. Any DIY specifically made for MKIV? I have a general idea of how to do it after reading numerous threads on retros for different cars. And any other ideas?
Rule number 1: Sorry no good recent pics of my car. I have a couple on my iPhone