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#1 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 12:41 PM
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just purchased my first bmw 1993 325is. would like to do some cleaning up to the vehicle but i have no experience. the car seems to run really good, has 115,000 miles on, but the exterior paint is not orginal and starting to flake off. also need to do some work on interior. would like to replace both door panels. where can i get? how difficult to replace? i will probably let some one else to take care of exterior, it also has some minor dings and scratches, but any suggestions or recommendations is welcomed.

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for paint detail you can do it yourself...got to
www.paintscratch.com and find your paint code...touch up paint starts at $6.00 for like a toothpaste sized tube to $60.00 for like a gallon.

also for other interior trim stuff and door panels you want to upgrade or improve ...check ebay...for used but usually good and very affordably priced parts. Some members like the www.bavauto.com website.

When you first buy a BMW like an E36 I recommend you get a full diagnosis either at the BMW dealership (for $500) or a trusted BMW mech. This will save alot of money and problems in the long run. BMW E36s are very tricky cars, but it's worth every red cent.

Also check www.realoem.com for parts. I feel they have a much better lists of stuff you may need and they also tell you the part number and costs of every individual part you need.

In terms of getting interior cleaning supplies go to the dealership...they will also give you advice and tips...Also see if your local BMW dealership have spa cleaning treatments...I paid $120 for a full interior detail and wash when I bought my car and I was very impressed....they got like every stain out and all the odors...in fact I had a new car smell...

Don't go to the dealership for door dings they will overcharge you by alot...I was told that a little dent on my rear door cost $250 to remove because BMW uses dent wizard that removes the entire panel and details by the panel and not the dents.


Good Luck...Welcome again.

Also check our DIY section for links to stuff you can do yourself...like coolant flushes, microfilter changes, changing bulbs and upgrading exterior trim like bumpers and exhaust pipes.

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what manual would you suggest for doing both mechanical ans cosmetic upgrades??
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manual for cosmetics.. is bavauto.com - thats pretty much it

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stuff for sale on my e36.. CHeck it out!
http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/aft...e36-49128.html
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sure, there are other places...bu trust bavauto..

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stuff for sale on my e36.. CHeck it out!
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bavauto is high quality, and reliable. for aftermarket lighting goods Umnitza.com is as good as it gets. i wouldnt recommend going to the dealer so much... its extremely expensive for things you could do yourself


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I thought he's just looking for paint detail stuff and interior trim and cleaning stuff....not Depos and HIDs

I'm still with www.paintscratch.com if he just needs touch up paint....and bavauto is good but when I first bought my car I was looking for trim stuff for my interior I didn't find them to have a complete list of much....and Bavauto is not that cheap as people would lead you to think....they have sale items that you'll get for a bargin but the normal prices are just a close if not the same as dealership prices.

www.realoem.com is a more technical, thorough website for almost every possible part you could buy for you E36. I mean tiny trim stuff from door speaker trims to a new 12V lighter cap, to dash panel buttons and dials...which is the basic stuff that wears quickly on these older E36s.

Ebay is risky yes...but as with all risk the payoffs can be extremely great. I bought a set brand new OEM Rondell Y spoke 16 inch rims w/ 95% new Michelin MXM tires mounted on them for $400 last summer when I bought my car from ebay. for a great example . Even though shipping was like $130 it was still a steal.

But still for simple trim parts, replacement buttons and dials you wont pay out the ass at the dealership...and you could definately get stuff on ebay that you need for 1/4 the price. Also think about it the car is used already so buying used parts in good condition is okay instead of wasting money on new parts for a used.

For mechanical upgrades I highly recommend that you get the BMW Dealership Diagnosis. Its only $500 or less. E36 cars are tricky and you can't always tell whats wrong by simply popping the hood. Especially if you bought a 14 yr old car that has no service records. Get the dealership diagnosis, and then you'll know what you need to DIY. For mechanical stuff you want to fix check the faq sections from there...and most likely 90% of the problems or maintainence you could do yourself if you're handy with cars.

Also when posting on the forums ask specifically what you want to upgrade or fix (trim, engine parts) and maybe we could direct you to what you need.

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well, he said that the exterior paint IS NOT original, so you must first we must make sure it was not painted an off color or another color completely. If it was just painted back to original color and everything, then paintscratch.com is a good place to find matching paint, but if not, then i'd have it professionally done. just my 2 cents.
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