this is my first post actually, Just joined. A little bit about myself, I’m 18, live in NJ bordering PA, used to drive an e36 4dr 318i, finally lost it a few weeks back ending its life at around 225,000 miles after inheriting it as “my mom’s old used car,” luckily from my parents, and I am now very excited to share that I’ve finally decided on a new car and have the financing. It’s a 1999 328is coupe (e36), I’m getting to pick it up this Monday and handing over the check. After driving the 318i I fell in love with BMWs generally but more specifically the e36 90s models. I loved the car but as you all know felt the lack of engine when it came to my 95’s small I4 1.9L, and know that I’m finally getting a car with less than half the mileage of the old one, I’ve chosen the 328is because of its bigger m54 engine. I think I got very lucky with the buy as well because the woman is leaving the country for her job and had 2 other buyers right after me so I closed on the deal. Its near mint condition, if you’d excuse the sorry excuse of a single photo, but where I really lucked out was that it only has 75,000 miles on it and the woman had it serviced at some Bavarian specialty shop somewhere in the West Chester PA area every 3,000 miles.
My plans are as follows.
Being that I’m only 18 and have to fund everything that I might have to change the car, my personal savings are limited to what I’ve saved from when I had worked. When I first thought of what I should change on the new 328is, the idea of M badges all over the car flourished in my head but what I realized after buying and discarding a bunch of cheap lame M badge trinkets off ebay, was that being a poseur M-badge holder is one of the biggest BMW etiquette violations there is. Luckily I didn’t add any of it because I don’t get the car ‘til Monday. I pretty much threw out $50 on it ha. All my newer ideas are of small ways I can improve 328is car and being proud of it without trying to show off and be something that it’s not. So I figured the best way to do this would to just basically swap out a lot of the light housings to the “European Clear Look”. The car is in beautiful condition and I already have my old Depo Angel Eyes I had bought and fitted on my old e36 that will fit, although there is one major problem with them which I’ll get to in a moment. Other than that I’ve purchased matching slightly tinted clear corner light houses as well as clear side markers with yellow bulbs included. On the rear I’m swapping out the stock e36 orange infested tail light houses and replacing them with a clean white and simple red tail light cover. The clear fogs that came stock, I’m swapping for yellow “Euro Fogs”. These are just small things I can afford to clean up the cars appearance to make it look the best it can without making it something it’s not. Everything I’ve said so far I’ve already purchased, the only M badge items I will keep for the car are the cute little M badge tire covers that I bought and the legit BMW M badge 5speed manuel shift knob I bought off Amazon that I like for its synthetic leather feel which I much prefer over plastic covered wood one that came stock. Maybe a few years after college when I’m older may I be able to afford such things like an AA supercharger but I think I’m pretty lucky to have this car at 18, just stock and I’m really excited on it.
The only photo I currently have, unfortunately, of my new 328is
As I mentioned above, the big problem I’m going to have to overcome is being able to install my new clear corner lights I ordered on a set of Depo Angel Eyes with broken side clips. So I come here with hope of getting some advice on how to solve my problem, worst comes to worse I going to have to simply glue the corner light onto the headlamp
which I don’t want to do because this car is coming perfect to me and I don’t want to make it too ghetto.
The problem with my left depo angel eye headlamp housing unit, the three clips that hold the corner light soklely are missing and broken off.
An upclose look of exactly how much of each clamp is missing on the end of the front left headlamp housing
And finally, a direct comparison between my right headlamp housing which maintains all its clips with the housing with the broken clips in comparison
Note that those orange corner lights I showed in the pictures arnt actually the ones I'm installing on my new car. I just used them to help display as an example of what my problem is. I had to order new corner lights that fit the e36 2dr because my old e36 318i was a 4dr and had different fitting corner lights.