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#1 (permalink) Old 06-04-2005, 09:15 PM
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hi i was wondering the colored bar above your total milage what is that for and it says oilservice im guessing i need to get it serviced

also my car is an automatic and i would like to increase my horsepower so i was wondering for some ideas


also i need to ask should i due my outside or should i due my inside first
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Dude...if the bars are yellow or red and low...GET an oil change!!!!
Green is good....
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The bars correspond to service intervals (Inspection I and Inspection II) and are reset at your BMW dealer. These are basic inspections of the car that take care of numerous things in the car (or just gloss over them if they're okay) and they're a clever way of bringing people back to the dealership for service. The lights themselves do not correspond to oil changes; you should try to keep track of those yourself.

Whether you do the "inside" or "outside" of your car first is completely up to you. Do you want a good looking car, or do you want performance? Because you have an automatic 318, which is, sad to say, at the bottom of the BMW food chain as far as power goes, you should probably try to make performance upgrades. Performance upgrades on BMWs are rather expensive no matter which way you look at it; the only upgrade you can get that'll offer you a massive boost would be an Atlanta Downing supercharger. Those run $4000 if I'm not mistaken.

One more thing: Delmarco, you can easily make out your license plate in your signature, might want to fix that.

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Originally posted by 24valve+Jun 4 2005, 11:55 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(24valve @ Jun 4 2005, 11:55 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Delmarco@Jun 4 2005, 10:00 PM
Dude...if the bars are yellow or red and low...GET an oil change!!!!
Green is good....
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Those run $4000 if I'm not mistaken.


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I think the super charger for the 318i E36 is cheaper than that and in the $1400 range!
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thanls for the help and what would help increase the value of my car when i decide to sell it outside or inside?

that is a pic or the interior above and exterior looks like this
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thanls for the help and what would help increase the value of my car when i decide to sell it outside or inside?

that is a pic or the interior above and exterior looks like this
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For outside mods:
1. PAINT: Keeping the paint fresh and shiny/detailing any nicks or scratches.

2. RIMS/TIRES: Getting 16 or 17 inch rims. Nothing aftermaket or chrome(this will decrease re-sale value). Get OEM M3 rims or OEM E36 rims or OEM-style replicas if anything.

3. UPDATE LOOK: Paint match bumpers and sideskirts (to make car look more updated)

4. LIGHTING: Getting ZKW Euro Projectors w/ HID Xenons and /or DDE angle eye rings (about $700 for this package at Umnitza.com) will greatly increase value . Adding fogs where the are none will help...look for DEPO fogs. DEPO or low grade brand Euro Projectors will tend to decrease or not improve value.

5. SPEED MODS: Sport suspensions, exhuast upgrades, and good tires will add to your value..but if you get aftermarket...make sure you get good quality stuff.

6. SIDE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief clear corners and tails do not add to any resale value.

For a 318i/is E36 alot of what you can do to upkeep the value on your car is vanity mods (like i've done). The reason is when you go to re-sell your car a 318i/is will sell quicker and better if you emphasis appearance and upkeep. Buyers for the 318i/is aren't looking for performance or speed mods (else wise they'd be seeking a 328/328 E36...see where I'm going here)...so do vanity mods...like trim, paint, rims, tinting, etc...)

For interior upgrades:

1. SEATS & Door Panels: Keep em clean...patch any holes or reupholster it (www.leatherseats.com) if you need fr about $700

2. DASH: Beware of bling bling neon aftermarket radios that spoil the consistency of the BMW E36 dash look. Get high quality CD/Radio like Alpine or Pioneer or Kenwood. Fix any blow bulbs in the dash panels. Adding guage rings to the speedometer can be good. Keep everything clean and armoralled. Get AC brand stuff for shifters and pedals if you want that looks good.

3. CARPETS: Keep em clean.

4. TECHNOLOGY: Radars/Footwell lights/Parking sensors/ Navigation/DVD screens look good. As well as adding chrome triming to stuff like the guages, interior door handles, hazards switch, speaker trim...all looks good..but don't go over board.

5. SMELL: Keep it smoke and pet free. Don't overload on cheap carwash cologne/or fruit scents. Keep the interior nice and soapy smelling like fabric softner. Gove it a clean smell. Go to the BMW dealership for stuff. It's be cheap and it's make your interior smell clean instead of like fruits or coconuts or some nasty shit like that.

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Originally posted by Delmarco+Jun 5 2005, 03:38 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Delmarco @ Jun 5 2005, 03:38 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Justin318is@Jun 5 2005, 02:01 PM
thanls for the help and what would help increase the value of my car when i decide to sell it outside or inside?

that is a pic or the interior above and exterior looks like this
[snapback]350959[/snapback]
For outside mods:
1. PAINT: Keeping the paint fresh and shiny/detailing any nicks or scratches.

2. RIMS/TIRES: Getting 16 or 17 inch rims. Nothing aftermaket or chrome(this will decrease re-sale value). Get OEM M3 rims or OEM E36 rims or OEM-style replicas if anything.

3. UPDATE LOOK: Paint match bumpers and sideskirts (to make car look more updated)

4. LIGHTING: Getting ZKW Euro Projectors w/ HID Xenons and /or DDE angle eye rings (about $700 for this package at Umnitza.com) will greatly increase value . Adding fogs where the are none will help...look for DEPO fogs. DEPO or low grade brand Euro Projectors will tend to decrease or not improve value.

5. SPEED MODS: Sport suspensions, exhuast upgrades, and good tires will add to your value..but if you get aftermarket...make sure you get good quality stuff.

6. SIDE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief clear corners and tails do not add to any resale value.

For a 318i/is E36 alot of what you can do to upkeep the value on your car is vanity mods (like i've done). The reason is when you go to re-sell your car a 318i/is will sell quicker and better if you emphasis appearance and upkeep. Buyers for the 318i/is aren't looking for performance or speed mods (else wise they'd be seeking a 328/328 E36...see where I'm going here)...so do vanity mods...like trim, paint, rims, tinting, etc...)

For interior upgrades:

1. SEATS & Door Panels: Keep em clean...patch any holes or reupholster it (www.leatherseats.com) if you need fr about $700

2. DASH: Beware of bling bling neon aftermarket radios that spoil the consistency of the BMW E36 dash look. Get high quality CD/Radio like Alpine or Pioneer or Kenwood. Fix any blow bulbs in the dash panels. Adding guage rings to the speedometer can be good. Keep everything clean and armoralled. Get AC brand stuff for shifters and pedals if you want that looks good.

3. CARPETS: Keep em clean.

4. TECHNOLOGY: Radars/Footwell lights/Parking sensors/ Navigation/DVD screens look good. As well as adding chrome triming to stuff like the guages, interior door handles, hazards switch, speaker trim...all looks good..but don't go over board.

5. SMELL: Keep it smoke and pet free. Don't overload on cheap carwash cologne/or fruit scents. Keep the interior nice and soapy smelling like fabric softner. Gove it a clean smell. Go to the BMW dealership for stuff. It's be cheap and it's make your interior smell clean instead of like fruits or coconuts or some nasty shit like that.

:P
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Be wary about all of this advice about increasing the resale value of the car. You should do mods to the car for your own purposes. Adding expensive mods does not pan out when resale value comes around in the real world, and investing all of this money into a car you plan to sell and seeing that it won't coax much more money out of buyers will disappoint you.

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The only thing that will a little increase the resell value is Paint and Rims/tires, but if you gonna put a nice ones youll still lose money at the end. No performance upgrades will boost your value, it is reverse - they will lower your resell price in fact. Keep that in mind, you making upgrades for yourself, not for the future buyer.

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bmw's aren't made for superchargers, i cnt remember but in some1's sig there is a quote about how merc's use superchargers just coz they cnt make NA car's as fast as bmw's, so if u put a supercharger in a bmw it cnt be good for it in the long run nd u shouldnt have got a 318 if u wanted a fast car anyway!

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Originally posted by 24valve+Jun 5 2005, 08:34 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(24valve @ Jun 5 2005, 08:34 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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Originally posted by Delmarco@Jun 5 2005, 03:38 PM
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thanls for the help and what would help increase the value of my car when i decide to sell it outside or inside?

that is a pic or the interior above and exterior looks like this
[snapback]350959[/snapback]


For outside mods:
1. PAINT: Keeping the paint fresh and shiny/detailing any nicks or scratches.

2. RIMS/TIRES: Getting 16 or 17 inch rims. Nothing aftermaket or chrome(this will decrease re-sale value). Get OEM M3 rims or OEM E36 rims or OEM-style replicas if anything.

3. UPDATE LOOK: Paint match bumpers and sideskirts (to make car look more updated)

4. LIGHTING: Getting ZKW Euro Projectors w/ HID Xenons and /or DDE angle eye rings (about $700 for this package at Umnitza.com) will greatly increase value . Adding fogs where the are none will help...look for DEPO fogs. DEPO or low grade brand Euro Projectors will tend to decrease or not improve value.

5. SPEED MODS: Sport suspensions, exhuast upgrades, and good tires will add to your value..but if you get aftermarket...make sure you get good quality stuff.

6. SIDE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief clear corners and tails do not add to any resale value.

For a 318i/is E36 alot of what you can do to upkeep the value on your car is vanity mods (like i've done). The reason is when you go to re-sell your car a 318i/is will sell quicker and better if you emphasis appearance and upkeep. Buyers for the 318i/is aren't looking for performance or speed mods (else wise they'd be seeking a 328/328 E36...see where I'm going here)...so do vanity mods...like trim, paint, rims, tinting, etc...)

For interior upgrades:

1. SEATS & Door Panels: Keep em clean...patch any holes or reupholster it (www.leatherseats.com) if you need fr about $700

2. DASH: Beware of bling bling neon aftermarket radios that spoil the consistency of the BMW E36 dash look. Get high quality CD/Radio like Alpine or Pioneer or Kenwood. Fix any blow bulbs in the dash panels. Adding guage rings to the speedometer can be good. Keep everything clean and armoralled. Get AC brand stuff for shifters and pedals if you want that looks good.

3. CARPETS: Keep em clean.

4. TECHNOLOGY: Radars/Footwell lights/Parking sensors/ Navigation/DVD screens look good. As well as adding chrome triming to stuff like the guages, interior door handles, hazards switch, speaker trim...all looks good..but don't go over board.

5. SMELL: Keep it smoke and pet free. Don't overload on cheap carwash cologne/or fruit scents. Keep the interior nice and soapy smelling like fabric softner. Gove it a clean smell. Go to the BMW dealership for stuff. It's be cheap and it's make your interior smell clean instead of like fruits or coconuts or some nasty shit like that.

:P
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Be wary about all of this advice about increasing the resale value of the car. You should do mods to the car for your own purposes. Adding expensive mods does not pan out when resale value comes around in the real world, and investing all of this money into a car you plan to sell and seeing that it won't coax much more money out of buyers will disappoint you.
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Actually, increasing sales value is a misnomer.

How? Because a VALUE is placed on your cars ability to sell. A good mod that someone adds is something that adds VALUE to the sale if more buyers become interested

ZKW do this more than any other headlight system
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thanls for the help and what would help increase the value of my car when i decide to sell it outside or inside?

that is a pic or the interior above and exterior looks like this
[snapback]350959[/snapback]


For outside mods:
1. PAINT: Keeping the paint fresh and shiny/detailing any nicks or scratches.

2. RIMS/TIRES: Getting 16 or 17 inch rims. Nothing aftermaket or chrome(this will decrease re-sale value). Get OEM M3 rims or OEM E36 rims or OEM-style replicas if anything.

3. UPDATE LOOK: Paint match bumpers and sideskirts (to make car look more updated)

4. LIGHTING: Getting ZKW Euro Projectors w/ HID Xenons and /or DDE angle eye rings (about $700 for this package at Umnitza.com) will greatly increase value . Adding fogs where the are none will help...look for DEPO fogs. DEPO or low grade brand Euro Projectors will tend to decrease or not improve value.

5. SPEED MODS: Sport suspensions, exhuast upgrades, and good tires will add to your value..but if you get aftermarket...make sure you get good quality stuff.

6. SIDE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief clear corners and tails do not add to any resale value.

For a 318i/is E36 alot of what you can do to upkeep the value on your car is vanity mods (like i've done). The reason is when you go to re-sell your car a 318i/is will sell quicker and better if you emphasis appearance and upkeep. Buyers for the 318i/is aren't looking for performance or speed mods (else wise they'd be seeking a 328/328 E36...see where I'm going here)...so do vanity mods...like trim, paint, rims, tinting, etc...)

For interior upgrades:

1. SEATS & Door Panels: Keep em clean...patch any holes or reupholster it (www.leatherseats.com) if you need fr about $700

2. DASH: Beware of bling bling neon aftermarket radios that spoil the consistency of the BMW E36 dash look. Get high quality CD/Radio like Alpine or Pioneer or Kenwood. Fix any blow bulbs in the dash panels. Adding guage rings to the speedometer can be good. Keep everything clean and armoralled. Get AC brand stuff for shifters and pedals if you want that looks good.

3. CARPETS: Keep em clean.

4. TECHNOLOGY: Radars/Footwell lights/Parking sensors/ Navigation/DVD screens look good. As well as adding chrome triming to stuff like the guages, interior door handles, hazards switch, speaker trim...all looks good..but don't go over board.

5. SMELL: Keep it smoke and pet free. Don't overload on cheap carwash cologne/or fruit scents. Keep the interior nice and soapy smelling like fabric softner. Gove it a clean smell. Go to the BMW dealership for stuff. It's be cheap and it's make your interior smell clean instead of like fruits or coconuts or some nasty shit like that.

:P
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Be wary about all of this advice about increasing the resale value of the car. You should do mods to the car for your own purposes. Adding expensive mods does not pan out when resale value comes around in the real world, and investing all of this money into a car you plan to sell and seeing that it won't coax much more money out of buyers will disappoint you.
[snapback]351037[/snapback]

Actually, increasing sales value is a misnomer.

How? Because a VALUE is placed on your cars ability to sell. A good mod that someone adds is something that adds VALUE to the sale if more buyers become interested

ZKW do this more than any other headlight system
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Quite the sales pitch, but I don't think that's really how it goes. I think it might matter if you're selling the car to the 1% of potential buyers that really know a lot about these things, but to most people you'll get a, "Oh, the headlights are brighter - that's nice and all, but I'm still giving you blue book for it."

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