Help!!!!! I'm a college student with a Black 94 318iS that has so much potential but the paint on the hood is all faded, the air seals (you know that thing that happens to the windows when you close the door) don't work when it gets warmer than 60 degrees, some thing is hanging down from the undercarriage, the driver's seat is ripped, the passenger side fender is trashed cause some ass pulled out in front of me and his insurance only paid half of the damage, the left low beam doesn't work because in the accident the wiring harness was knocked out, i'm missing a fog light on the right side and the left fog light is all cracked. SHIT! I need new front tires, every time it has to be started cold it sounds like the pistons are rubbing against the block because the oil is all at the bottom. Ummm it has 160k miles and I mean it starts every time and it's quite predicatble and gets me where I'm going in the bit of style it has left but umm, I've got about 1400 dollars to blow on it right now but that probably wont do a whole lot for it. I plan on working this summer and spending the majority of what I make on the car WHERE SHOULD I START?!!!???? I see all these guys with their choice clean immaculate bimmers and then i see my busted ass bimmer and it just gets on mi' wick. So I am starting a charity, let me explain. Every day thousands of punk kids buy a pretty nice bimmer for around 6-9,000 and within two years because of their friends, their sudden urge to rip on the throttle, stupid cops giving them shit about an accident that wasn't their fault, etc etc the car is kinda fucked. So please, for the price of a cup of coffee a day you can help these kid(s) get their bimmer to be the status symbol they want it to be. Please send a private message to rborak318iS for more information on donating. This fund does not measure the size of your heart by the size of your wallet and will turn down no one! Thanks
lol donations, i have to admit its pretty silly, im sorry but i as well started out with a busted up BMW, i couldnt afford gas in the car, let alone proper repairs.. hard work is what you need not dontations. if you feel the burden of the car is too much than you may have to look for other options to venture on.
take it one step at a time, work rather than ask other ppl to do it for u! im a student with shit all money but i still manage to fix the problems on my car, nd im sure most ppl here dont have thousands sitting in their bank accounts.
i have a 93 318 and i started out with most of the same problems you have with yours. i saved money or used credit to buy things for it. so far ive had the hood repainted, got 17 inch bbs style rims, a head unit and sirius, and got euro lights for it all around and it looks 100 percent better than it used to although there are a few things i still want to do to it like lower it, and get an m3 front and rear bumper, get the side molding repainted, (its faded), fix the headliner, and get an exhaust. it will look really sweet after that. but nobody is going to give you money. im a college student too and i pay for my car with a part time job as a butcher in a supermarket. just do liek the rest of us do and pay for it yourself, youll appreciate it alot more.
and oh yeah, have patience because youre gonna have to do one or two things at a time, car mods arent cheap.
and the torn seat? just look at a junkyard for a new one or get seat covers. if youre poor youre gonna have to take the cheap way out on some things. i got seat covers at walmart that look almost exactly like my factory seats do so it looks pretty nice.
ok 1400 you have to spend? get the fender fixed. thats a big razzie. the hood being repainted would help its look alot too, i piad about 600 or so for mine, maybe a bit less i cant remember. you can get new foglights from ebay for not much. i got mine from ebay and theyve been great. just be careful you dotn buy junk. check the guys feedback and post the link on here to let other members give you their 2 cents. and yeah get the new tires.
after the body damage i i reccomend : rims and tires, lowering, m3 bumpers, euro lights tostart
it will be looking sweet after that
oh yeah and get a bentley manual, you can fix alot of the mechanical stuff yourself and save money
Very Interseting post indeed though it is not too far off topic .....
When I was in college my car was worth less than $500.
In your case?
I think you will be just fine by simply....hang in there....get your college degree....then a good job. Of course your next car depends so much on your major.......I am assuming there is a big difference between majoring in history and/or geography and medicine or law....By difference, I mean carwise!!
Hang in there and good luck kid
Hey folks, wow I didn't think I would get that many replies. You all will have to excuse me, I had a bit of a hangover that morning and it was the case where a person wakes up early in the morning and can't go back to sleep. Ha ha, I hope I was able to give someone a good laugh. Sorry if I pissed any of you off. Anyway, all I am really looking for is advice because I am not going to sell it as one of you suggested and it still runs alot better than half the cars on the road and it will run for alot longer I'm sure. Basically what I want to know now that the hangover wore off is what I am looking at to fix all of that? I need to know how much to save. Is it better to do it all at once with one large lump some or chip away at everything? Obviously I won't be doing much of it myself because I don't know how to work on cars especially one this sophisticated. I will post some pics I took today and some pics of the damage in my garage when I am done writing this.
first investment i would make is buy a repair manual... if your on a tight budget then labor costs are going to be a living hell for you so i would sugest you get motivated to fix her up yourself... if you dont want to then your looking at almost double the cost because of labor costs... and i sugest taking it slow... everything doesnt need to be fixed in one day, just when ever you have the money do one thing at a time and before you know it youll have a show car! ps. i wana see your baby... so post pics as soon as u get them!
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