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Old 06-17-2008, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all. i just bought a 93 325is coupe. it is quickly becoming my favorite car. thanks for having me.
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yes it's a manual. i wouldn't have it any other way.

i have to say, i grew up on pre-72 american muscle (which is a lot of fun in its own right), with the occasional compact japanese car thrown in (eh...), but i've never had a car that did everything well. this little bimmer handles like a go cart, is surprisingly quick for stock, gets good mileage, and it's comfortable.

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Old 06-17-2008, 10:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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sooo, to take advantage of the hospitality, i thought i'd ask a few questions.

1. the 11 button obc (?) forward of the center console is unreadable. does someone rebuild/repair these lcd displays? any idea where to get a functioning example?

2. my door panels are shedding their skin! the edges are peeling around the pockets, the contrasting color inserts are falling off, and in some areas have taken on a 'drum' effect. my local interior shop says i'm out of luck, and they can't do anything. now- i've seen some really nice cars on this site, surely someone has dealt with this. any thoughts?

3. other than the obvious engine/trans differences, what makes an m3 different from a 325is? are all of the parts interchangeable? i assume there are differences in the brakes, suspension, diff, etc. can i install these parts on my car? (i promise to never put an 'm' badge on my 325. i mean it.)

4. as 'zippy' as the car is, i'd like to see maybe 40-50 hp more. obviously, i need to look at intakes, exhausts, throttle bodies, and chips. please advise me on manufacturers, styles, etc. is an m3 head/cam swap feasible? how much power can i add before losing the daily driveability of the car?

again, this is my first bmw. i plan to restore this car, while replacing worn parts with higher performance versions- ending in my own ultimate driving machine. any other tips, suggestions, or information pertaining to my newest automotive adventure would be most welcome. thanks.
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