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Old 03-08-2012, 01:29 PM
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Just bought my first car.. 07 328i used. $17100 sticker, 58K Black. Pretty sure it was a great deal and I really enjoy all the modifications. The AC Schnitzer rear spoiler, LED's and M6 wheels give it a very aggressive look. Attached a few pics.

I don't know a whole lot about cars (maintenance, upkeep, mods) so I am happy to have found this forum as I have already gotten some great advice by just reading through threads. I believe I found a great independent BMW tech in my area and am still considering a warranty too. This car appears to be in great shape so I may just put some money aside and roll the dice.

I have a rear reverse light out.. should I bring these types of small issues/maintenance (ie oil changes) to BMW specialists, or can routine work be done by any shop?
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:12 PM
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Congrats! Man, what a very nice car for your first one, well done. It looks pretty sharp.

For the small issues, how about none of the above, and do it yourself here. This one is super duper easy. This is coming from a DIY retard, btw.

A flathead screwdriver and/or pliers I guess would probably work just fine for removing the clips holding any of your trunk liner partitions in, but I might advise a trim removal tool set for like $5. Might come in handy more often than you think, and it's not so expensive.

I think I ordered my replacement (outer) light socket from Tischer. The outer one is just stupid easy; it's completely tool-less at least on the right. All I do is squeeze the tab with my finger, and the whole light assembly comes right out. Yep- how much do you want to pay a mechanic to squeeze his forefinger/thumb? (rhetorical, and your particular one is a bit more work anyway.)

So the inner ones are a little more work. There is probably something a tiny bit different on my coupe, but maybe a couple pics of mine, well I guess the 3rd one particularly, can give you an idea. edit: changed link to more specific post . . .

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=30

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Old 03-08-2012, 05:53 PM
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Congrats. Welcome to the 'fest and to the dark side. That car looks really good. Well modified.

You can replace that light yourself very easily. Look in the owners manual and there are instructions. You have to take the inner trim loose on the trunk lid. The are all kinds of DIYs here that can grip you with just about anything you need.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:40 PM
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Congrats. Your car looks good and tidy. Must have been very exciting for you as your first car.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:52 PM
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:31 PM
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looks awesome! hope you enjoy it!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:43 PM
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Looks great. It looks like somebody has been a good amount of detailing there.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:06 AM
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thx so much for the DIY information and links.. looks like I should be able to replace the reverse light on my own. guess I will just take it case by case.

I appreciate all the kind words. it has been a constant battle keeping the car looking like new with all the pollen in the FL air right now! happy to have found the boards!
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:58 AM
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it has been a constant battle keeping the car looking like new with all the pollen in the FL air right now!
Pollen? I wish I was dealing with pollen! My current challenges are sand and road salt.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:43 AM
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thx so much for the DIY information and links.. looks like I should be able to replace the reverse light on my own. guess I will just take it case by case.

I appreciate all the kind words. it has been a constant battle keeping the car looking like new with all the pollen in the FL air right now! happy to have found the boards!
Black can be tough. But if you can stay on top of it, there's no better looking color IMO!
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:46 AM
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Beautiful car. Congratulations and welcome.

The amount of information here on Bimmerfest is staggering. Combine this with a manual and a few other good on line boards, and you'll be all set if you want to get in there under the hood. The more you do yourself, the more you'll enjoy your car.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:25 AM
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Black can be tough. But if you can stay on top of it, there's no better looking color IMO!
Totally agree
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:48 AM
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Good work, sir. The black looks great and those wheels are sweet.
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