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#1 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 08:37 AM
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What's up Bimmer owners? I just bought this car and I have a serious itch to upgrade it. Right now, it has none. Any suggestions? used
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the obvious upgrades are:

bigger and tougher rims? maybe put some M3 rims on. those look like 16's? 17's or 18's would be nice. performance chip? window tint.

is that a 323is?
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lose all the orange in the lights, u can get clear corners, side markers, and tail lights for just over 100 bucks on ebay.
also, angel eyes are getting pretty popular...theyre about 250-300 on ebay. make sure you get the whole unit unless you really know how to open up the headlight housing.
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if you want performance upgrades id go with a CAI, chip, and/or exhaust for starters

if you want some exterior upgrades id definitly get some new rims and replace all of the amber lights with clear ones as asifallasleep and ds16 said and some dark tinting would look really nice because it looks like there isn't any on those windows right now.

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it depends on how much money you have and what is important to you. Do you want it to look better/different then stock (not always the same IMO)? Do you want it to accelerate quicker/higher top speed? Or do you want it to handle better?
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Buy some shorter springs or complete bilstein racing shocks... in combination with bigger rims and window tinting, makes the car look better..! (--- It's out of law to tinting the windows in my country )

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Agreed.. suspension first, then engine,
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i agree with DS16 get rid of the stock lights, you'll see an incredible change in appearance.

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is that a 323is?
whoa buddy.....a 323is? a IS? a is a 2 coupe.. a I is a 4 dr..looks to me to be a 328i

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Just advice.
Do the cosmetics FIRST!
Performance SECOND.
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Just advice.
Do the cosmetics FIRST!
Performance SECOND.
Why? I would want to do it the other way around. That way I can enjoy a much faster and more fun toy NOW, and then spice up how it looks later if I want to. I like the way the late E36 3 series look to begin with. IMHO, I don’t like those wheels so much, I'd get some other ones for it that look a lot more menacing.


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Show me an example of a menacing wheel. I have to be very careful about doing too much to this vehicle. My wife has me on a short/non trusting leash! Acutally, I should do everything I can to it right now. She is out of town. Show me some pictures of some nice tires. Also, should I lower it?
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bigger and tougher rims? maybe put some M3 rims on.
i have to agree the M3 rims are some of the strongest rims out there OEM or aftermarket.

if i were to upgrade anything id start with sound then asthetics then performance.

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BMW Wheel Database Here's a database of most (if not all) of BMW's stock wheels. Mine came with 42 and I love how those look. If you don’t choose to get a new set, then try not to get something too distracting to take your eyes off the car and onto the wheels. Be careful what you get if you get chrome, I suggest you don’t get anything too crazy if you go chrome and remember that chrome is a bitch to keep looking nice
What I mean by menacing is, the wheels you currently have on now have spokes that are smoothly rounded, gives you that "I'm a businessman car" sort of look. I'd get one that’s sharper and more aggressive looking. well, those are my cosmetic tastes.

Get the car chipped, get a cold air intake, maybe exhaust for starters. European ellipsoid headlight replacements? (glass instead of plastic, looks much better) Angel eyes? Everyone else tends to like clear corner turn signals, I don’t know how that would look with a white body, I recommend you don’t get those.
If you’re an audio nut, I'd get the whole system replaced. (Pitfalls are the head unit and the amplifier in the back. Sometimes you get stick with bad speakers as well. I've read that sometimes there are good speakers in the car, other times there are bad ones [in comparison])

Once again, I wouldn't change a thing about the car's appearences except for: wheels you have on it, and the headlights. (elipsoids, unless you have them already) All a matter of taste.

I don't know what else, nice and beautiful ride as it is if I don’t say so myself


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