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  1. I (l) rwd! (NOW WITH PICS) 
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    Hi guys! Just thought I'd introduce myself....
    I joined this site a few months ago but have only just got round to working out how it all works and tearing myself away from mkivs.net (Golf owners site)!

    What made me buy a BMW? Well 2 years ago I swore I'd never drive anything other than a VW. I'd traded in my Pug 306 and bought my MK4 Golf from VW two weeks after passing my test, it was my baby. It was on an 03 plate and only had 23k on the clock, however towards the end things turned very sour. I had to threaten VW and Lookers with legal action after the paintwork started going downhill very fast and they kept messing it up even more each time they tried to fix it under warranty.
    For the first few months of this year I hardly saw the car as it was always in VW's bodyshop.... When I finally got it back it wasnt my baby any more and I knew it was time for a change.

    My nanna has the new shape 5 series and has had a number of new BMW's over the last few years without any problems so I thought I'd give them a try.
    I originally wanted a 3 series compact, but wasnt majorly fussed if I ended up with a 4 door.

    After viewing a few, mainly compacts and CI's I found a real gem.
    A black 03 plate 316i SE facelift saloon. One owner from new, full BMW service history, 55k on the clock and most importantly in stunning condition! Not a scratch, dent or stone chip in sight I'm really fussy when it comes to how smart the bodywork is so I was really pleased to find one in this condition. Even the edges of the doors where people usually open them onto walls and things are perfect
    So pretty much 2 years to the day of owning the Golf I part exchanged it and drove away in my E46.

    I've not done too much to it yet.... So far I've spent about £600 on detailing and returning it to 'as new'. Its had an extensive detailing and machine polish to remove all swirl marks and bring out the true depth of the black paint. I've had the alloys refurbished by a local alloy wheel specialist to return them to 'as new' and fitted some new genuine carpet mats once the interior was detailed. I've even bought an air blower for drying the car after washing to minimise any risk of inflicting new swirls to the now flawless paint!

    Future plans include tinting the front windows to the legal limit and having the rears blacked out completely (I think this looks ace on black cars).
    I also intend to change the headunit and replace all the speakers to Rainbow ones as I really miss the quality of the sound system I had installed in my Golf.

    So far I'm really enjoying BMW ownership. Had a slight hiccup that resulted in the car needing a new crankshaft sensor but BMW said this was a common thing and nothing to worry about.

    Anyway... I'll stop waffling on and no doubt will be pestering you all for help and advice in the near future

    Will post some pics up of my car soon, just need to get round to taking some!
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    Wow. sounds like an awesome car

    Please be sure to post up some pictures as soon as possible

    We have a separate forum where you can post your good reviews about the Companies that carried out the detailing and refurbishment of the alloy wheels for you

    Welcome to the forum, I wish you many years of happy BMW ownership
     
     

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    Welcome mate!

    Very comperehensive first thread may i add!

    In my opinion, the detail is worth the money... I love a perfect looking car myself! (in an OCD sense lol)

    This forum is great, any problems you have with your car there is always someone to help!

    1999 323Ci SE
     
     

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    welcome to the forum sounds like you got a nice car there mate, hurry up with the pics lol

    oh andthere is a head unit in the for sale forum
     
     

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    What air blower did you get and where from? that sounds like a good idea if it works
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodybmw View Post
    What air blower did you get and where from? that sounds like a good idea if it works

    I bought an air blower based on the advice from polished bliss. You can buy a special air blower from then designed just for cars but they said a black and decker leaf blower works just as well.

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...e-faq.html#1.5

    I bought one from Argos for about £70... The black and decker one is best as you can convert it into a dedicated blower and it isnt very bulky.
    http://www.wise4living.com/hgblower/...kerLeafHog.jpg

    I havent looked back since buying it.... drying the car is so much easier and I can now dry the full car! Even tryes, alloys, door shuts, wheel arches, the lot.... the air comes out of the blower at about 300mph so any water on the car doesnt stand a chance! Even gets it from behind the glass on wing mirrors!

    So my wash routine consists of...
    Snow foam (if the car is dirty).
    2 bucket wash method with lambswool wash mitt and microfibre wash mitt for lower areas.
    Wheels get cleaned with bilberrys wheel cleaner (great stuff).
    And then finally blow dried.

    This routine ensures no swirl marks will return!

    When I first got the car I restored the paint by claying with a Megs clay kit, polished the car with a Megs G220 polisher and Menzerna polishes and pads and I protect with Collinite waxes. I've just bought some Collinite insulator wax for extra protection over the winter months.
     
     

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    Heres a few pics......
    Firstly a quick few of my Golf.... Note the number plate lol (it went with the car.... wouldnt of gone on a BMW)







    INSIDE OF MY BMW AFTER A GOOD CLEAN








    THE EXTERIOR WHEN I FIRST BOUGHT IT... THIS IS BEFORE POLISHING AND RESTORING THE ALLYS ECT ECT





    I'll take some pics of the exterior since the machine polishing at the weekend if the weather is nice!

     
     

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    hello fella many welcomes
     
     

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    Hello and welcome to Bimmerforums UK, it's good to have you with us
     
     

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