07-18-2009, 09:38 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Mein Auto: '02 330i 6MT
New Member Guide
Hello and welcome to Bimmerfest. This guide will show you how to operate the site to its fullest so you will not encounter any problems navigating.
I) How to find your model
First off, you will need to know your cars model designation. The site is categorized by the car series and the models are divided under that.
If you have a 2002 330i that would be an E46, if you simply scroll down the forum a bit you will find the 3 series section followed by the models under that. Locate the E46 icon and click on that to read topics solely on that model.
II) Other 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
III) How to search
Next, many members here read the same topics over and over again and it begins to be tiresome. I will show you how to 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 thread and repeat the cycle.
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.
Next, you will see the search results for muffler delete in that section.
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.
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.
IV) How to post a topic
If you are unable to find a topic that relates to your problem 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 (please remember to abide by forum rules when you post). When you are done click on "Submit New Thread" or "Preview Post" to check if everything is showing the way you want.
V) Uploading attachments 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 [IMG]. You can also create a poll and put the question and choices.
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.
Last edited by Solidjake; 07-18-2009 at 09:43 AM.