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Solidjake 07-18-2009 09:38 AM

New Member Guide - Posting, avatars, etc.
Hello and welcome to Bimmerfest
As a new member to Bimmerfest the forum can seem overwhelming at first. Take a few moments to review our easy guide to use the forum and you will be navigating around and posting in no time. Make sure you post an introduction thread as a good way to test your posting abilities.

How to use Bimmerfest
Find your BMW model forum

The site is categorized by the car series (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Series, X models, etc.) and specific model and model years are under that.

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If you BMW starts with a number, that is the series you have. 335i = 3 seires. 550i = 5 Series. If you have a model that starts with an X then head to our X model forum listing. Simply scroll down the forum section looking for your series, then locate the forum that encompasses your BMW year.

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How to search for information

Use the search function of the forum to help you find a certain topic that you are looking for without having to post a new question. has a wealth of knowledge ready for you to discover. For example, you want to do a muffler delete on your 3 series and you have a question as to how loud it would be. Instead of posting a new topic you can search instead to see if that topic was previously discussed.

In the upper right hand corner you will see the search bar, click on it and type muffler delete.

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Next, you will see the search results for muffler delete in that section.

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Click on the topics and browse through them. You can see that the first result was about the muffler delete and how it will sound, exactly what you were looking for.

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forum user guide

Not only can you search individual sections to find what you need, you can search the entire forum and use the same process. This helps out everyone on both ends.

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How to post a question

If you are unable to find a topic that relates to your problem by searching or if you just want to start a new topic anywhere on the forum click on the "New Thread" button on the upper left hand corner and put a subject and write what you want. When you are done click on "Submit New Thread" or "Preview Post" to check if everything is showing the way you want.

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Uploading images and creating polls

If you have an image that you want to show you can either upload it to imageshack, photobucket or another hosting site and you can use the image that has the href at the beginning or the code that has [linkfeatureimg="forum user guide"]. You can also create a poll and put the question and choices.

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Adding a signature or avatar to your account
Signatures and avatars are text, graphics, or pictures you can add to your user account to differentiate it. The avatar and/or signature shows up next to messages you post on Think of them like a facebook profile picture (avatar) and email signature (forum signature).

This is a signature - It has both an image and text in it.
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Signatures can contain both text and images. The image can be larger than an avatar but should not be too large or they distract from the content and take up too much screen space. Keep your signature picture less than 250 pixels tall. Signatures can be created through the User CP (User Control Panel) link at the top left or thought this direct link.

This is an avatar - It is only an image or graphic
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Avatars are images only and can be no larger than 120 pixels wide by 90 pixels tall. To have an avatar requires 100 posts or becoming a supporting member of Bimmerfest. You can set your avatar, once enabled, through the User CP (User Control Panel) link at the top left or through this direct link.

Other forum sections

Other than the BMW model section, Bimmerfest has many other sections that have their own purpose.

- After the model section you have "Bimmerfest Regional" section. Here, major areas are categorized and members from those areas post there topics related only to that area. If you live in New York and you want to post a meet coming up, go to the NY/NJ/CT section and start a new topic there.

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- Next is "The Best of Bimmerfest" section. Here you can find guides on how to do it yourself in regards to fixing your car, you can ask a dealer any question that you want in regards to a new purchase that you may have, the European delivery section is great for those that want to buy a new bimmer from Germany and plan to go there to do it and much more sections.

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- The "Bimmerfest 20XX" section is all about the biggest BMW in history which is held every year in California. At the top of the section there will be the next or current Bimmerfest and under that will be previous events. You will find pictures and videos of all events

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- Finally is "Everything Else" section. This includes general auto, off-topic where pretty much everyone lets it all out, the for sale section and others.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that it helped you to find what you were looking for and how to navigate the site correctly and fully.

BMW_GAL 07-18-2009 10:01 AM

Hi Jake :hi:

Solidjake 07-18-2009 10:54 AM


I'm waiting for this to be stickied

sakura 07-18-2009 02:37 PM


Boile 07-19-2009 03:22 PM

Bimmerfest for Dummies?

6 Brit 07-20-2009 08:47 AM


BMW_GAL 07-30-2009 03:15 PM

:clap: its finally a sticky!!

bimmermom 08-08-2009 09:25 AM

new member
hi - my husband & & have a 2000 540i (standard) and a 2000 528i wagon (automatic) - he's waited for alot of years to own a BMW and we now have 2!!! we've had the 540 for 4 yrs and the 528 not quite 2 yrs and we love them both!!

we're having issues with the wagon so I'm going to be searching on here for help ;)

oh...and we also have an almost 9 yr old golden retriever named Bimmer! ;)

Solidjake 08-08-2009 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by bimmermom (Post 4415900)
hi - my husband & & have a 2000 540i (standard) and a 2000 528i wagon (automatic) - he's waited for alot of years to own a BMW and we now have 2!!! we've had the 540 for 4 yrs and the 528 not quite 2 yrs and we love them both!!

we're having issues with the wagon so I'm going to be searching on here for help ;)

oh...and we also have an almost 9 yr old golden retriever named Bimmer! ;)

Welcome to the fest. :) Be sure to post a new thread on the new members main page and say hello!

alsbmwe39 08-15-2009 01:16 PM

boy i wish i had that when i started.i learned the hard way hunt and Peck.did not know what a post was much less how to do it.definitely sticky.

6 Brit 08-28-2009 08:25 AM


Originally Posted by (Post 4470035)
Hi welcome to the fest. great to see u have finally learnt. enjoy:rofl:


edgar620 09-07-2009 01:43 AM

Jake, How the hell do you have time to put this stuff together? :dunno:

Solidjake 09-07-2009 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by edgar620 (Post 4497272)
Jake, How the hell do you have time to put this stuff together? :dunno:

I just do, lol.

edgar620 09-07-2009 06:34 PM


Originally Posted by Solidjake (Post 4497646)
I just do, lol.

Get a job. :rofl:

Solidjake 09-07-2009 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by edgar620 (Post 4498836)
Get a job. :rofl:

I have a job

330ipl 09-12-2009 06:59 AM

zajbiste hehehe:thumbup:

Never grow old 09-13-2009 03:39 PM

Hello, comrades, glad to be here. Subject, bad policeing. Last night coming back from Haub House in Haubstadt, Indiana where I was celebrating my 62nd birthday with a hugh 14 ounce filet . Being a good boy driving the speed limit going thru this little town called Westphalla on Ind 67, my Valintine indicated to me at least some Policia in the area. Not long after, I saw someone obviously checking my speed a 1/4 mile back. I drove the road like I had a Buick with handy plates. Up he comes. Slowly he comes. Then he starts tail gateing me. Zoom he passes at a high rate of speed in a NO PASSING ZONE??????????? Cool, this boy is a Indina State Trooper in a 2010 Ford Mustang . This is not cool. Obviously trying to get someone in to a race. My M3 would fry his butt , not to be. But had some dumb kid, and I would have at 18 ,this is entrapment,

JeeJoe 09-24-2009 02:11 PM

Looking to buy new 528I
I am a long time Acura TL owner. I have a 2004 TL and my wife drives a 2000 TL. I'm specifically looking for information about BMW reliability. We buy new cars and keep them for 8 - 10 years. So, I'm looking at the overall cost of ownership. I don't need to be sold on BMW's driving experience, etc. I really want feedback on how well a 528i will hold up over the long run.



hpowders 09-24-2009 02:19 PM

They shouted it to the mountains. They shouted it to the oceans. They laughed and said it couldn't be done. And yet.......

Wow! Totally awesome job!! :thumbup:

hpowders 09-30-2009 06:29 AM

Appears to still be stuck.

BIMMERUSAM5 10-11-2009 12:26 PM

Nice work Jake.

You should keep buggin Tim for the next mod slot. He will breakdown eventually and let you in the super secret forum.

BMfanSA 10-19-2009 05:46 AM

New member introduction
:D Hi all - have just logged on for first time. I'm in South Africa and have been driving BMW's since 1987! I currently have a 2000 325ci with 200 000Km on the clock - I bought it new. Am starting to experience electrical problems and my internet browsing led me here - hope I can get some assistance?

leakingtank1 10-24-2009 06:45 PM

hello everyone...I am introducing myself here...and I am very, very new to the process
of blogging and threads and such! I have a beemer with some problems and am hoping to find some good advice here! thanks!

Solidjake 10-24-2009 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by bimmerusam3 (Post 4591437)
Nice work Jake.

You should keep buggin Tim for the next mod slot. He will breakdown eventually and let you in the super secret forum.

Heh, you don't think I'm trying? :rofl:

welcome to the fest guys

squashnut 10-24-2009 07:51 PM

Just about to get my fourth X5 (2010 X5 M ) which will replace my 2007 X5 4.8is.My 2 previous X5's were 3.0,a 2001 which had many niggling problems,a 2004 which covered 84,000 kms with no problems at all.The change in 2007 to front wishbone suspension has transformed the ride quality with 20inch rubber and I have really enjoyed the 4.8is.The 315/35 20 rears look awesome and the limits of adhesion with this package are well beyond my comfort level! Living in the Prairies with 5 months of winter my biggest problem was getting a good looking,reasonably priced,safe and good handling winter wheel and tire package in 20inch size.Tire Rack,whom I have found very helpful in the past (and who supplied an excellent OZ racing/Bridgestone Blizzak winter package for my Mini Cooper) don't carry much for the X5 (a BBS 20x10 35mm offset--presently on sale for $600 each--and a Sport Edition cheapo)so I went to Big and found the owner incredibly helpful.I had decided to use Beyern wheels since they are BMW specific (made by the TSW group) are hubcentric and use all original hardware.The 2007 X5's needed a different centre bore from the earlier models but with research and help from ,who conferred with TSW,I obtained 4 Beyern" Mesh "wheels in hyper silver,front 20x8.5 offset 20mm and rear 20x10 offset 25mm. TPMS sensors were sourced from my local dealer (Dilawri BMW) and the winter tires(which took 5 months to get!)are Toyo Open country G-O2 plus 275/40x20.This setup looks great,is H rated, and the ride ,handling ,dry,ice,snow and rain performance are exemplary and I recommend it to anyone.I will attempt to post a photo of this combination as soon as possible.Note these are not runflats and Pirelli now has a Scorpion Ice and Snow tire in runflat 275/40x20 and 315/35x20.Good luck finding any of these in Canada (I just checked with 1010 tires who are sold out of the 275/40x20 until next year).Good old Tire Rack does have them however and I just ordered a set at $315 each.I am not sure about the 315/35x20 as winter rubber since it is difficult to find aftermarket 20x11inch 37mm offset wheels unless you buy from Bmw at $1000 each or switch winter / summer tires on the original rims.

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