Hi! I just bought a 318i 1998 from a BMW dealer here in Montreal. I just love it! I got a few questions, maybe you can help me...
1) Is it me or the "power steering" is really not-so-powered lol ? I mean... I'm used to japanese cars and the steering isn't that hard to turn, maybe every Bmw are like that?
2) I got the green lights things for oil change... For now, when the engine is ON, there's no light on. I presume that's OK. Here's what I think is a problem: when the key is turned but the engine off (in the position where all lights are ON), the first green light IS NOT on like the other ones, the yellow and the red lights are not on also. Aren't they all supposed to be ON ? I mean, can those lights be dead?
3) What the hell is that "memo" thing under the radio??? It beeps every hour or so and that's it??
Thanks to all of you and sorry for my bad english... i don't usually write in english!
Ok.... the power steering on a BMW is a little different than a jap trap.... its made to be a little harder to turn... I'm not exactly sure.. but you'll come to like it.. cause it gives you more feeling for the road.... I love it... and I cant stand driving someone elses non-bmw.. because I feel like I'm floting while I'm trying to steer the car.
Ok... the lights for the oil only come on right at the start... that is normal... and if your seeing all green lights... that is good.. you dont need to change your oil... your car will tell you when you need to change your oil. So when it get yellow.... or even red... you should probably change your oil. Or just keep your own plane up to date.... and you will be fine... it takes either a bmw diagnostic tool to reset those light back to green once they turn red... so... just get an oil change at the dealer... if you got the money.. or do it yourself.
Memo... hmm... you should have a obc... which means... on board computer.... about 8 inches below the radio... its a long screen with a lot of buttons under it... you should see one that says memo.... hit that.... and the beep should go away... I would play around with it... you will come to find that just messing with stuff is the best way to learn out to use it. If you have questions... ask... every question is a good question.... because your not the only one that doesnt know the answer to your question.. there are others that read them too. Good luck.. and welcome.
Oh by the way... Do you have any suggestions for nice upgrades on a 318i SEDAN 1998 (e36) with the 1.9l engine ? Please consider I don't have 2000$ to spend, that car cost me a lot so... lol :lol: I don't think there is some Shark thing upgrade or chip upgrade for that engine... anyway, gimme some ideas
Originally posted by ghettozn@Aug 2 2004, 06:16 PM Doesn't the 318 have a 1.8l engine? Anyways, get a performance chip, make your own CAI, gutt your cat, get m3 headers and get m3 pulleys.
after 96 he is right, it has a 1.9L but because of the change from OBDI to OBDII the power is exactly the same.
You can get a "shark" which will reprogram your car to give you some more power, also other popular things are, CAI, struts, springs, strut tower braces, it all depends on whether you want your car to go fast in a straight line or fast through the twisties.
The reason the BMW has a hard (or should we say deliberate) steering wheel is because it was designed to drive on a road where 100 MPH is slow as hell! although I have never driven that fast I understandthat turning your wheele a centimeter too far can cause a flip very quickly. That's one of the things I love about my BMW. I goes where you want when you want, without volunteering extra you don't want.
Originally posted by Henri@Aug 2 2004, 09:09 PM What's a CAI ?
A CAI is a cold air intake. It's probably the most common engine mod for some quick hp gain and a nice roar sound. If your look at your engine, you probably have a black plastic box on the bottom right corner. That's your stock "cai".
Originally posted by Bmw1990@Aug 2 2004, 10:49 PM CAI= Cold Air Intake, it is basically removing ur stock airbox and replacing it with a cone shaped filter, then that filter is placed farther from the engine so ur engine isn't breathing in warm air.
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