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    cheers for all the welcomes guy's seem a verry friendly bunch. since my last post erlia today i have spoke with inshurance and they have quoted me 900 quid back but then they have to deduct 350 exsess and anouther 420 for inshuranc money owed for rest of the year. unfortunatly if i do this it leaves me with 130 quid towards money on my bmw lol so i gunna have to speak some more with them as this is rediculas or repaire the golf my self and stick with it or sell up and then get the bmw i want
     
     

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    Louis mate, try Virgin, they where the cheapest for me, im 25, got my missus on the policy (brought it down) and its my daily driver and im fully comp for approx 500, thats with points too !

    Dont get too caught up with the sport models, you can retrofit everything. (I have). Just get a mint one.

    My FSH 97' 318ti was only 1K off of ebay, I already had all the sport bits from my last one :
    Bumpers,
    Side Mouldings,
    Rear Spoiler

    Get some 17's / 18's and some of the hottuning coilovers (from this site) and your all set !

    328 front brakes bolt straight up (discs, carriers + calipers) M3 master cylinder cheap as chips for tight pedal feel, then get your 2.8 dropped in later on. Z3M rear end for brakes and LSD and you'll be laughing as you pass those coupe boys sideways
    Shiny Shiny Shiny!
     
     

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    Just read your last post............Sell the golf mate and get on board
    Shiny Shiny Shiny!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ali_b View Post
    Get some 17's / 18's and some of the hottuning coilovers (from this site) and your all set !

    328 front brakes bolt straight up (discs, carriers + calipers) M3 master cylinder cheap as chips for tight pedal feel, then get your 2.8 dropped in later on. Z3M rear end for brakes and LSD and you'll be laughing as you pass those coupe boys sideways
    all these mods sound brill deffo keep them in mind. 1st im gunna try find a mint bmw and then prob have it serviced etc and make shure its running great then move on to the fun stuff all the mod's you mentioned cheers matey
     
     

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    Hi and welcome to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you on board with us.

    Also good luck with your search.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Hi and welcome to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you on board with us.

    Also good luck with your search.
    thanx matey is there any thing i need to watch out for when buying an e36 common faults etc? i know with the golf i had they were well know for randomly cutting out and not starting, mine had this lol but i think they all bloody do lol it was a cheap problem to fix and with the saxo there common faults were......... EVERY THING lol that thing spent more time off the road than on it, that ended up with full new exhaust, gear box and clutch, thermostat and many more lol in the end every thing on the car apart from the shell was new parts lol
     
     

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    just to let you no i bought a compact about 6 months ago, with out a lot of service history (bit of a gamble lol) it was cheap so i dint think twice really but it has been a pain in the arse since i bought it. Make sure you get a decent 1 mate cos it gets expencive
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis_23 View Post
    thanx matey is there any thing i need to watch out for when buying an e36 common faults etc?
    See here.....

    E36 Saloon, http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/index.htm?md=33

    E36 Compact, http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/index.htm?md=34

    E36 Convertible, http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/index.htm?md=1281

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...ook-out-t3652/

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...pplies-to-t63/
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey89 View Post
    just to let you no i bought a compact about 6 months ago, with out a lot of service history (bit of a gamble lol) it was cheap so i dint think twice really but it has been a pain in the arse since i bought it. Make sure you get a decent 1 mate cos it gets expencive
    you keeping them secret or you gonna share the info?

    anyway, one thing to avoid doing. GF's 1.9 e36 compact only ever had one problem but it kept coming back repeatedly. Whoever owned it before her had fitted a 1.8 exhaust system (cant remember if they had done manifold as well), but it put a lot of stress on the pipe around the cat area. Was always blowing, eventually (after god knows how many times she had it rectified) it snapped the pipe.

    Kind of hard to spot a wrong pipe, but I would advise you don't do the same fitment change in a 'new exhaust required' situation.

    Oh, and BMW backboxes of the era are made of some pig iron shite that rots from the inside out. Nice little stainless cover looks great but the innards just rust for fun
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo944 View Post
    Be aware that some of the BMW snobs pick on the compact (sorry guys, you know who you are and you do pick on them). Mostly it is those who havent owned one, or have so much money to play with that the compact was never even a considered option. When all is said and done, we can't all afford an M3, and even if we could, there are times when it just isn't practical.With that out of the way, the E36 is still a BMW and is a nice car. The rear suspension is a bit dated, but it doesn't affect the car in any way that is apparent. Plus when mr coupe pulls up at B@Q, you know he will only be picking up a short length of wood. You will be able to squeeze a lot more in a compact than most of the other models, and you wont have to saw things in half.

    It's a capable car and a good choice. Everything in it is tried and tested. 1.9 is the one to go for by choice. Fun to drive and practical as well.

    As someone else said, try for the sportier pack as it is that little better.
    excuses excuses

    the compact is a pretty cool car a guy down the road from me has a silver one with the sport kit and i like it alot im actually a little bit jealous
     
     

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