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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:10 AM
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Owners group in Arkansas

Bimmer owners gather from time to time. They seem to have a reason to do so. In Arkansas, we're finding it difficult to find those reasons to want to get together.

Here are some ideas:
1) group replacement of our windshield cover
2) headlight inspections (for broken adjusters)
3) car-to-car comparisons
4) disk pad/rotor inspections. pad replacements, too?
5) windshield wiper blade replacement
6) headlight polishing

Possible venues include drives in the north central and north west parts of the state:
1) Norfork Lake area (Blue Lady Resort has a winery)
2) St. Louis to attend a Cardinal baseball game
3) Memphis to attend a CCA chapter meeting (Riverfest, I think)
4) A blues or bluegrass festival somewhere in Arkansas
5) Toad Suck Daze in Conway, perhaps in association with the Hot Rod Association display

Notice that Little Rock isn't mentioned. Except for Toad Suck being close to it.

This is to avoid showing favoritism for residents of central Arkansas. By avoiding Little Rock, we cause nearly everybody to be inconvenienced through having to drive somewhere. This doesn't have to be for every meeting, but the group should certainly not plan on having every meeting in central Arkansas.

Posting in the e36 group is simply to get more eyeballs. It seems that practically no one reads the pages under Regional Groups. The intent is NOT to be exclusive of other models.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:38 AM
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Meets should be to get together to meet each other, chill, and drive on some cool roads. Nobody wants to have a group meeting to check windshield wipers..
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:03 AM
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There are BMW's in Arkansas??????



Seriously, you're overthinking it. Get together for lunch and a brew and hang out. Nothing more nothing less.


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Old 02-23-2011, 11:13 AM
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Ryan,

I understand that windshield wipers are troublesome to replace. Speaking only for myself, I would like to have an experienced person walk me though the process. Perhaps others would like to learn as well.

You didn't mention the windshield cover (the part that covers the channel between the windshield and a-pillar). A meeting might be a perfect venue for a group repair, as I've heard that several DIYers have run into difficulties.

The other things I just made up.

And, Phantom, astonishing as it sounds, there are, indeed, Bimmers in Arkansas. Quite a few, in fact. My prior car was a '96 Impala SS. There are WAY FEWER SS's on the road than Bimmers. There are so many here (Conway is a college town with Hendrix College and University of Central Arkansas) that mine seems almost commonplace.

I am hoping for two things with these posts:
1) to get ideas on what makes a successful club (which Ryan and Phantom provided)
2) to get in front of Arkansas eyeballs to stir up some interest in forming one
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'03 fr. and r. bumpers, front air ducts, and spoiler
18" Staggered MPars (style 37)
Dinan exhaust
shorter springs
European center console arm rest
VECTOR radar detector (non-working)

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:18 AM
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I didn't mean to come off as sounding like a jerk, but honestly people will be more apt to come out and enjoy the meet if you have some cool roads/scenic routes to drive, and maybe a place where many options of food can be found.

I understand you dont want to do it in Little Rock, but having it where most people are makes sense. Yeah it sucks for people such as myself that are in the middle of nowhere, but if you really wanna have a good time with fellow BMW owners, the drive should be worth it
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:50 AM
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Ryan,

I understand that windshield wipers are troublesome to replace. Speaking only for myself, I would like to have an experienced person walk me though the process. Perhaps others would like to learn as well.

You didn't mention the windshield cover (the part that covers the channel between the windshield and a-pillar). A meeting might be a perfect venue for a group repair, as I've heard that several DIYers have run into difficulties.

The other things I just made up.

And, Phantom, astonishing as it sounds, there are, indeed, Bimmers in Arkansas. Quite a few, in fact. My prior car was a '96 Impala SS. There are WAY FEWER SS's on the road than Bimmers. There are so many here (Conway is a college town with Hendrix College and University of Central Arkansas) that mine seems almost commonplace.

I am hoping for two things with these posts:
1) to get ideas on what makes a successful club (which Ryan and Phantom provided)
2) to get in front of Arkansas eyeballs to stir up some interest in forming one
seriously?


You're not going to have any successes with starting a group in your state through this site, sorry. Just won't work.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:54 AM
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A seasoned expert windshield wiper changer?
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:19 PM
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I'm in Arkansas and I fully agree with Ryan. It would definitely be more fun driving nice routes and chilling plus we can discuss issues about the technical aspects of our 36's as well while doing all of that.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:39 PM
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Fauji18,

Through these forums, and despite Moeman10's sage wisdom and council, we have cobbled together a few brave souls to gather this Saturday, Feb. 26, between 9am-11am at the Starbuck's located on the corner of Cantrell and Sam Peck in West Little Rock. If you can make it, you'll be driving right through Conway on I-40, I suppose, so honk as you drive through!
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'03 fr. and r. bumpers, front air ducts, and spoiler
18" Staggered MPars (style 37)
Dinan exhaust
shorter springs
European center console arm rest
VECTOR radar detector (non-working)

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Old 02-23-2011, 05:53 PM
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I know people in my area have gotten together to perform various maintenance/upkeep tasks on their BMWs. It's not a crazy idea. Sometimes it's easier/more fun when you can get a few cars together to share tools/equipment and knowledge. I'm considering trying to get a few cars together here in the spring to do a random orbital buff/polish/wax as a way to meet up and ring in the warmer temps by cleaning all the winter grime off. I bet a lot of people would love to meet up and all buff the haze out of our headlights, too.

In my experience, the most effective way to organize a group of local BMW owners is through your local BMW CCA.
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