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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    I put the chrome tips on mine about 3 months ago. There are two of them and they were $17/each. They slide on, but there is a little screw on the bottom to tighten it to the existing pipe.

    It can be a little hard sometimes to get them as far back on the pipe as they are supposed to go. If you aren't handy, your dealer would probably charge about $30-$40 labor to do the job. If you want to know what they look like ahead of time, look at any 330i.

    But... now that I have them on, it is just about the only chrome piece on the car. The 325i has almost all black trim, where the 330i has chrome. They also make a black sport exhaust tip, that is about the same price.. and I wish now that I had put those on instead. Not that the chrome look bad, though.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    From what I read on other forums, the shark helps with throttle response from rest, and removes the rev limiter. Other than that, most buyers were underwhelmed. In general, no improvement in 0-60 times.

    If your throttle response doesn't bother you, I wouldn't spend the money.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • hgeyerhgeyer Posts: 188
    I've decided to add a cold air intake to my Father's Day wish list.

    Could someone recommend a decent system for a 2002 E46 330i that is relatively simple to install.

    Thanks.
  • jasondjasond Posts: 28
    I shall be taking my 2003 BMW 330xi back to the dealership for the first oil change at the end of the first year after purchase. Apart from the oil change, they just apparently check the brakes and the tire pressure. Are there any other items that I should ask them to check? Are there any other matters that need attention even if I have to pay to have them done? I have a low mileage on the car, i.e., fewer than 5,000 miles. Thanks, Jason
  • hgeyerhgeyer Posts: 188
    Make sure that they change the micro-filter (internal cabin air filter).
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    That is part of the 15K service checkup. When I brought mine in for the 15K, all I asked for was the service. They did everything, including the microfilters and washed the car.

    I'm about to take her in for an early one year oil change. The only thing I'm going to ask them to check is the A/C. I have a feeling it needs a boost. Every car I've ever owned since the mid-90's has needed a boost after a few years (including the Japanese models). I attribute it to the new refrigerant and engineering.
  • gordonwdgordonwd Posts: 336
    I think one tip is to make sure to install them when the car is cold (so the pipes are not expanded from heat) and to spray on some WD-40.
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    Not sure what model-year your car is, but they changed somewhere down the line. I know that for a 2004 325i, the part number is 18-10-7-500-194. List price is $24.00 each and I paid $19.20 each from Crevier BMW (via mail order)plus shipping. These do not have a screw to tighten; only tangs inside the back of the pipe to "bite" and hold them on.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    My mistake..mine is an '03.

    I like the black ones, though.

    regards,
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  • butmywife1butmywife1 Posts: 26
    Hi folks. I'm thinking of trading in my '02 325xi for an '04 model with many stand-alone options instead of going the package route. I went to Steve Diamond's Eurobuyer site to look at the "confidential" price lists but the text is so small and blurry I can't read it. I tried increasing the text size, etc, but it distorts it.
    Any suggestions on how I might solve this problem? Does anybody know another site with similar info?

    Thanks,
    ButMyWife
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Two choices:

    1. download the pdf to your disk drive and open it.

    2. If you have a version of adobe that's 4 or before, get the latest one. You should be able to enlarge the size of the image easily with adobe 5.
  • hanover2hanover2 Posts: 1
    I have been a Toyota Camry owner(95 LE camry coupe) for 10 years. After a friend insisted that I drive his 2002 manual 325 XI/with sports package, I think I want to get one ASAP. The driving experience was quite exhilarating.
    A dealer is selling a 2004 gray manual 325 CI (coupe) with sports package, HID lights, heated seats, moonroof for 33 K. Several questions:Is this a reasonable price(I plan to pay cash)? I do like the sleek shape of the coupe. Any coupe "quirks" I should watch out for? I plan to keep it for more than 6 years. I dont expect it to last as long as my Camry but I hope it remains trouble free for the next 5 years or so.
    Thanks.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    What's the msrp? That'll determine if it's a good price.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    "After a friend insisted that I drive his 2002 manual 325 XI/with sports package, I think I want to get one ASAP. The driving experience was quite exhilarating.
    A dealer is selling a 2004 gray manual 325 CI (coupe) with sports package..."

    The AWD xi has even longer springs than the non-sport 325i sedan. The 325ci has shorter & firmer springs/shocks than the non-sport 325i sedan, even w/ std 16" wheels.

    So test the 325ci's ride comfort before you decide.

    If it's the sport seats rather than the whole sport package you really need. The sport seats are $550 on special order. Another $450 for the 4-way pwr lumbar.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    The invoice price on an '04 325xi is approx $2500 less than the base MSRP. There is a better site to view the pdf files, but I'm not allowed to link it here. The options invoice prices tend to be about 91% of MSRP if that is any help.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • butmywife1butmywife1 Posts: 26
    Kyfdx and Bluedotguy: Thanks for the info. I just noticed that while Eurobuyers used to post "confidential wholesale prices" they now are posting the suggested retail prices which are available many places.

    kyfdx:Is there anyway you can email me the link you referred to? If not, where might I find the good 'ol "confidential wholesale price" list these days? It sure helped me bargain back in '02 when I bought the Bimmer.

    Uh oh, I just realized I'm dependent on that list. . .

    ButMyWife
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    You would have to make your e-mail public, in your profile.

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  • butmywife1butmywife1 Posts: 26
    Oops! You're right. "Town Hall" advises against it for privacy reasons. Is there any way you can direct me to the site without creating a link?
    ButMyWife
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,652
    Not without violating Edmunds' rules. If you google bimmer forums and bmw forums, you can find some other good websites..

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  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    its kinda weird how they have black trims for USspec 325is, euro and asian market 325is come w/ standard chrome trims, incl. chrome exhaust tips and std 17" wheels (for asian market, im not sure about the eurospec)

    btw my gf got a deal for her bimmer, 2003 steel blue on gray 325i, auto, premium pkg and heated seats, HID and 17" wheels, 10k miles, clean w/o any scratches for $25k, what do u guys think? is it a good deal?
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