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Tracer
06-16-2002, 11:24 PM
I just purchased my first car the other day. It is a 1986 BMW 325es. It runs great. It has had 1 owner, but im not telling you how many miles it has. Everyone will make fun of me. Well I got it way cheaper than I thought. I got it for exactly $450 because my dad knew the owners. Well I have abou $2000 saved up on top of that. I wanted to do some mods to mine. I got the new bavarian motorsports magazine but it seems most mods are for the newer 3 series. I need to know where I can get body kits (i freaking hate the front and rear bumpers), wheels, and new interior items. (white gauges ect.) If someone could tell me a good place to find those things that would be awesome. One more question, how big of wheels can i put on it, that will not rub and cause me to do other mods. I really like those white wheels randy has. Mine is white, with tan inside. It has a 5spd, sunroof, but cloth seats. I plan on getting it re-painted by these pro's near me that do all the work for our local bmw dealership, and aristocrat motors (mercedes, porsche, ect) They do only the best quality of work, and that is what I want. If anyone could give me some good sites or something that would be awesome.

Thanks,

Tracer

'88 325e
06-16-2002, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by Tracer
I just purchased my first car the other day. It is a 1986 BMW 325es. It runs great. It has had 1 owner, but im not telling you how many miles it has. Everyone will make fun of me. Well I got it way cheaper than I thought. I got it for exactly $450 because my dad knew the owners. Well I have abou $2000 saved up on top of that. I wanted to do some mods to mine. I got the new bavarian motorsports magazine but it seems most mods are for the newer 3 series. I need to know where I can get body kits (i freaking hate the front and rear bumpers), wheels, and new interior items. (white gauges ect.) If someone could tell me a good place to find those things that would be awesome. One more question, how big of wheels can i put on it, that will not rub and cause me to do other mods. I really like those white wheels randy has. Mine is white, with tan inside. It has a 5spd, sunroof, but cloth seats. I plan on getting it re-painted by these pro's near me that do all the work for our local bmw dealership, and aristocrat motors (mercedes, porsche, ect) They do only the best quality of work, and that is what I want. If anyone could give me some good sites or something that would be awesome.

Thanks,

Tracer

First of all I had 240,000 kilometers on my '88 325e and she still ran mint! Do me one thing tho and find out when the last time the timing belt and water pump was done! If you do the belts, pump, and oil at the regular intervals that car will last forever!

Bodykits - Reiger GTS (go with a good quality knock off since the originals from Germany are fiberglass too!), M-Tech (I just got my kit put on and it looks great. It is also a knock off.)

Wheels - The maximum size you can go with is 18" X 8" with a +23mm offset. I went with 18" X 7.5".

Interior items - Go www.bmwlinks.com and search all the different pages there! Also go do different forums to get ideas from other people.

Good luck with the "eta"!,
Dave

BMW BMXer
06-16-2002, 11:46 PM
my eta has like 290 000 in miles and runs good.


Tuck ur bumpers they will look better and itsa free mod

Tracer
06-16-2002, 11:54 PM
Ok, well I just asked my dad when the timing belt and water pump were changed, it he said when it hit 290,000 miles, anad it was done regularly when needed. I has 330,000 miles. My dad was in the car business for 11 years, and he knows good cars when he sees them. He would not put me in something that he did not think would get me across the city or something that would be a endless money pit. I am in love with Randy's car LoL! It looks so awesome. But I may just do the bumper tuck for now......unless I can afford new front and rear facia's and a paintjob all at once.

Tracer

Tracer
06-17-2002, 12:13 AM
Im having a hard time finding prices on wheels. Do you guys think that my motor will be able to turn 18in wheels as it is, without making it a TOTAL dog? I was thinkin about 16's or 17's. I like the White version of these wheels. If anyone has any suggestions on wheels or sites that you can purchase them from that would also be awesome. You guys are great, and thanks for the help.

http://www.adrwheels.com/sfm.cgi?sn=0MJ410|t=p/GT-SPORT
^wheels i like.

Tracer
06-17-2002, 12:27 AM
Rob,

My dad was tellin me I should put an m3 motor in it, or a v8 LoL! I want to stick with the inline 6. Do you know where I can get a m3 motor and how much it costs to get that stuff put in?

Tracer

Tracer
06-17-2002, 12:38 AM
Ok, Im not down with the "Slang"

"M50 E36" <--WTF! Ok, what year, model of bmw was that out of! LoL!

Tracer

SickFinga
06-17-2002, 12:40 AM
holy f*cking sh*t
sorry but I had to say that:))
330,000miles???? OMFG
My brother's Neon gearbox was gone at 3,000km :D :D :D :D

SickFinga
06-17-2002, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by Tracer
Ok, Im not down with the "Slang"

"M50 E36" <--WTF! Ok, what year, model of bmw was that out of! LoL!

Tracer

E36 1992-1998
m50 - 2.5l i6 engine

Tracer
06-17-2002, 12:43 AM
so you do not reccomend an m3 motor, but a regular "m50" motor. If I can remember my motortrend mag from a few years back, i think they are rated at 190hp factory correct?

Tracer

SickFinga
06-17-2002, 12:45 AM
Rob doesn't recomend e30 m3 motor
if you have money go with S52(e36 m3) motor (look Randy's Car)
s52(US) got 240hp

Tracer
06-17-2002, 01:25 AM
That would kick ass. SITE PLEASE!

Harry
06-17-2002, 01:27 AM
A couple of corrections...

m50 = 1992-1995 2.0 liter and 2.5 liter engines.
m52= 1996-1998 (1999 2 doors) 2.3 (I believe) and 2.8 liter engine.

s50= 1995 3.0 liter m3 engine
s52 = 1996-1999 m3 3.2 liter engine.
s54 = 2001+ m3 engine (don't even think about buying that, the engine is $15k USD brand new or something rediculous like that)

The s50 engine is based on the same block as the m50 likewise is the s52 based on the m52 block.

Mr. M-Tech
06-17-2002, 01:27 AM
Originally posted by ROB89M3

oohh boy..you have a lot to learn there. No problem .I didn't know anything about bimmers, until I got my first car.Then I started to do some research (and become addicted) to the world of BMW's...:D

Anyways "M50" is the type of engine found in 6 cylinder BMW's from 1992-1999. "E36" is the 3 series bmw from 1992-1999.
e30 is 3 series 1984-1992.

Actually Rob The M50 motor was available in 1991 in the 525i "E34". :)

SickFinga
06-17-2002, 01:27 AM
http://www.dtmpower.net/featured_car/september/september.htm

Harry
06-17-2002, 01:32 AM
Don't expect to do this conversion with only $2k. The engine and tranny swap for the non m3 engine will run around $5k, so you'd better save up.

Tracer
06-17-2002, 01:38 AM
I will :)