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Old 11-19-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, Im new to this forum. I am an enthusiast like all of you. I drive a '94 325is, light blue with white leather interior. The only upgrades I have done is a little interior work, and Koni shocks. I also have a Pioneer system in it, and I have had the grey bumpers painted over so the whole car is the same color. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do next? I was thinking air intake, but I dont know what kind, etc. If anyone has any info, let me know!

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Old 11-19-2004, 01:07 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:17 PM   #3
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Welcome to the board Emily!!

What color blue do u have ? I drive a blue one as well.
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:45 PM   #4
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I also have the Mauritius blue. I love that colour! What colour is your interior?
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:47 PM   #5
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Unhappy Question for Eurostyle

I have an '89 325 coupe. My differential is wonky. what should I do?
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:42 PM   #6
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Hello and welcome Emily. Please post pics of your beautiful car, I would be interested in checking it out.
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:20 PM   #7
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I also have the Mauritius blue. I love that colour! What colour is your interior?
Wow thats pretty cool as this color is pretty rare around here. My interior was grey before but I swapped it all out to black last summer and got the M3 seats up front. I want to change it to dove grey like yours once the car is done... Show me some pics of your car..

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Old 11-21-2004, 02:00 PM   #8
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Wow thats pretty cool as this color is pretty rare around here. My interior was grey before but I swapped it all out to black last summer and got the M3 seats up front. I want to change it to dove grey like yours once the car is done... Show me some pics of your car..

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Okay, I'll post some pics of her. The front end is new, grille, headlights, hood, effects, etc....
My interior color is beautiful, but since the person who had my car before me didnt take care of it at all it is cracked in certain places (yuck). Is it expensive to redo the interior? I want the Dove grey, just new front seats and a new elbow rest. The back seats are fine, and I have been conditioning them every two weeks to keep them that way. Is there an economical way of doing it, or is it going to just cost me a ton?
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PS- Anyone know anything about the LED lights in the rear spoiler for a '94 325..I think its OEM...mine dont work....help!
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:10 PM   #9
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Okay, I'll post some pics of her. The front end is new, grille, headlights, hood, effects, etc....
My interior color is beautiful, but since the person who had my car before me didnt take care of it at all it is cracked in certain places (yuck). Is it expensive to redo the interior? I want the Dove grey, just new front seats and a new elbow rest. The back seats are fine, and I have been conditioning them every two weeks to keep them that way. Is there an economical way of doing it, or is it going to just cost me a ton?
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PS- Anyone know anything about the LED lights in the rear spoiler for a '94 325..I think its OEM...mine dont work....help!
It is fairly expensive to redo your leather interior.. most people cheap-out and re-do it in vinyl or pleather. You'd save more money if you could find the same dove grey seats in good condition and buy them used.

best way to recondition your leather, make it soft / plush / clean is to use leatherique... you won't need to condition it every 2 weeks. Check out the website for exact instructions on reconditioning your leather. It's a lil too cold now to do it properly you'd have to wait till summer... but check it out: http://www.leatherique.com/

Sounds like you've got a rare interior there though.. post a few pics up when you have them.

As for what mods you should do next---intake you won't notice much difference with out in Cali unless you get a cold air intake. It's make the engine sound a lot nicer though. Sounds like a nice lip or skirts would look nice though.

edit: About your LED third brake light.. most likely the wire got cut where it bends at the back of your hood. (the wire runs from your spoiler down to the back of your hood where the hinges are... and from there it connects to your other 3rd brake light in your rear window. 99% of the time, this is the problem. Put a new wire... or have someone do it for you, and you should be good to go.

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Old 11-23-2004, 12:12 PM   #10
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edit: About your LED third brake light.. most likely the wire got cut where it bends at the back of your hood. (the wire runs from your spoiler down to the back of your hood where the hinges are... and from there it connects to your other 3rd brake light in your rear window. 99% of the time, this is the problem. Put a new wire... or have someone do it for you, and you should be good to go.

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How do I change it myself? Im pretty handy. I change all my own bulbs in my car (I know, not the same), but I also wired all my own speakers and subs, I even got the radio diagram for my Pioneer face and installed my stereo myself. I just need to know how to get to the wire, and what kind of wire I need. Thanks for your help, I really appreicate it.
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Old 11-23-2004, 12:35 PM   #11
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How do I change it myself? Im pretty handy. I change all my own bulbs in my car (I know, not the same), but I also wired all my own speakers and subs, I even got the radio diagram for my Pioneer face and installed my stereo myself. I just need to know how to get to the wire, and what kind of wire I need. Thanks for your help, I really appreicate it.
I hear ya. The wire is tapped under your trunk lid and runs down the left side of your trunk hinge. When you open your trunk you'll see it on the left side. Inspect it.. see if you can see where the wire is snapped. There should be 2 wires in there. One for your third brake light. Another for the button which turns on/off the courtesy light in your trunk when you open the lid.

basic steps-->

1) remove your toolkit from your trunk lid. (2 philips screws.. there may be a cap over the screws.

2) remove the trunk lining. If it's black plastic then just use a flat head and pry it out where each of the clips are. If it's a carpet then you'll have to remove each retaining clip.. be careful not to break them.

3) you'll now see the wire in the holes of your trunk lid.. you might have to feel around in there to get the wire.

4) cut the wire.. not too short, enough to leave room for you to attach a new wire.

5) run the new wire under the trunk lid and down the left side hinge. (it may be inside a plastic shroud---this is where the wire is likely cut/broken).

6) follow the old wire to the third brake light.. attach the new line to the same place.

7) test it out, put it back together, and you're good to go!

*** note: since we're not positive it's a broken wire... you might want to do some troubleshooting first.

- Check your fuses.

- When you cut the wire under your trunk lid, you can attach that wire directly to any other + / - leads in your interior.. (i.e. the turn signal lights behind your tail light covers) just to make sure it lights up OK and your LED's aren't blown. you can even wire it directly to the + / - battery terminals in your trunk... the brake light should light up as it is designed to take 12volts (and your battery is 12 volts). Just be sure not to mix up the positive and negative for too long.. otherwise you'll blow the LED's.

For this 12V application, you can use some left over speaker wire which you used to run your speakers... don't need anything heavy duty for this.

Hope this helps,
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