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Old 05-14-2004, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im New to these forums i just purchased a 1995 325i, so i figured i should learn about the car and talk to people who have knowledge about the car so i can fix it up and make it look damn good. first off i bought it for $9000 it has 94,000 miles, and its completely stock i want to know if i paid the right amount or if i got ripped off.
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It's all relative really. If the car is awesome shape, and has records, depending on where you live, that sounds reasonable. I like to buy virgin cars (probably no prior abuse), so when you say it is bone stock, this is usually a good thing.

Regardless, if you enjoy driving as much as myself, it was deffinately worth it.

If you have a lot of money to burn, this place can help you do that no problem. What did you have in mind when you said fix it up?
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Well i want the car to look good like put some clear corners a body kit and some rims but i wanted to make some performance upgrades first because i would rather have a fast ugly car then a gorgious slow car, i was wondering what performance upgrade people normally do first, exhaust, a chip or intake? thanx for the info
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check out other posts and look at peoples sigs. Most people will tell you chip intake exhaust. Then clear corners ect ect.... Others such as my self will tell you to do the suspension first. The above mentioned mods aren't gonna give you that much more power. But a good suspension will allow you to have IMO more fun with the car. Depending on how much you have and if the car is ever gonna see a track or an auto-x course I would say do struts such as bilstien heavy duty (for stock springs rougher ride) or bilstien Touring shocks for stock like ride with slightly better handling, or Bilstiend sport shocks with H&R lowering springs if you dont need the car to ride nice and want good handling for street/track use, or if you have a lot of money and don't care about the ride quality at all and want the best handling you can get go for fully adjustable coil-overs... I can't remember the name of the really popular kit... it starts with a P... Then after that start looking into the first mentioned mods or body stuff. I always recomend that body/paint come last. Check out http://www.bavauto.com/ for good prices on just about anything you would want for your car.

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did you buy it from a dealer or private party? what color is the car? manual or auto? condition? clean title or salvage? I'd say if you bought it from a private then you probably paid a lil too much. If that was me, I would have laid my power of negotiations on his ass and probably paid $1500-$2000 less then what you paid for. well if it's too late for a refund, then all i can say is congratulations and start caring and having fun with your bimmer.

My opinion would be if you want your ride too look hott right away, i'd advised you too buy 18" rims along with some Bilstein Shocks and Eibach Sprotline Lowering Springs. Unless your gonna be racing every damn car out there, I wouldn't worry too much about buying a chip, exhaust, filter, etc... your car has decent power. I'd go for all look right now. Good Luck!! oh yeah and to the forums!
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Like I said, people around here are always more than willing to help you spend your money. A chip and better breathing will certainly help your power hunger, but be happy with what you have, as it should be plenty.

The coilover kit the kid speaks of is the Bilsten PSS9. I hope to add this some time during the year. I'm sure you bought the car to drive, not floor it from stop light to stoplight. If this is the case, the kid has point, the car will be much more rewarding with such a mod.

If manual, my short shift kit also elevated the "fun factor." A decent cat back exhaust is also rewarding to the ears, as well as a small increase in power.

The kid also makes a good point that most signatures on people's post will list upgrades (mine is no exception).

You certainly have your priorities straight by dealing with a fun fast car first, pretty second....
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Hi there! I'm quite new too and I also have a 1995 325i coupe!

Gorgeous car eh?! Enjoy!
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Jllphan, what ssk did you get and how much was it? Right now my tranny is pretty tight shifts are smooth but I'd like something a little more notchy and heavy feeling.

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If you want short and notchy, buy {THIS} I didn't get mine from there (seems pricey), but it was the better of the links i found.
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did you buy it from a dealer or private party? what color is the car? manual or auto? condition? clean title or salvage? I'd say if you bought it from a private then you probably paid a lil too much. If that was me, I would have laid my power of negotiations on his ass and probably paid $1500-$2000 less then what you paid for. well if it's too late for a refund, then all i can say is congratulations and start caring and having fun with your bimmer.

My opinion would be if you want your ride too look hott right away, i'd advised you too buy 18" rims along with some Bilstein Shocks and Eibach Sprotline Lowering Springs. Unless your gonna be racing every damn car out there, I wouldn't worry too much about buying a chip, exhaust, filter, etc... your car has decent power. I'd go for all look right now. Good Luck!! oh yeah and to the forums!
this is actually a very good idea
325's get the most out of a chip but you get more bang for your buck with some nice exterior mods...
here ya go:
clears all around
replace old crap:: brakes/suspension with upgraded ones
wheels if needed
get your grey off if ya have it
then:
chip
intake (cold air)
exhaust
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then if you can afford it
new headers/engine crap/spark plugs/injectors/etc
supercharger
turbo
etc
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