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    hey whats up everyone, im new to the site and also new to bmw's. im still 17 so i guess you can't say im seasoned completely to cars at all, but in the past i've owned 2 other american cars and now i have a bmw. my car is a 1995 325i e36. so far all thats been done is a muffler delete which makes it pretty loud. im looking for insight on mods i can do. i wanna do mostly cosmetic stuff to it but i want her to go fast as well(: i like the sound of the straight pipe but i think id go with some real exhaust if it comes along. also the main reason im posting this is because i'd like to get some help with one of the few problems my car has. when i bought it a few weeks back the guy showed me that the driver's window will not roll up properly, as you have to hold you hand outside and guide it up. he says it needs a regulator and that there is one in the trunk.. trouble it... i have no idea how to install it or if its something that you can DIY.. any advice is good advice. thanks
     
     

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    17 and a 325i?! How high is your insurance?!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dansinclair11 View Post
    17 and a 325i?! How high is your insurance?!
    OP is in the US, they start driving at 16!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisenbyjacob View Post
    as you have to hold you hand outside and guide it up
    Welcome to the fourm, this is the UK one by the way but we all have the same bmw just the steering wheel is on the wrong side and lots of us use diesel to power them.

    I had an E36 that did that, it is not the regulator, it is the electric winder mechanism and the guides in the door, the best bet is to get a complete secondhand glass/motor/guide set from a breaker and replace the one you have. The regulator is there to stop kids trapping fingers
     
     

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    I'd recommend that you just enjoy what you have for now, I'm sure the 2.5 is fast enough for now, avoid danger, speed will come in time, gain experience first.

    its not about how much power you have, its about how you perform with what you have

    also, insurance must be killer!

    just my 2cents
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dansinclair11 View Post
    17 and a 325i?! How high is your insurance?!
    I thought that as well, but he is in the USA when I looked closely lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by KEFLON View Post
    also, insurance must be killer!
    As stated previously, he is in the USA and they have way cheaper insurance than us in the UK! Fuel is also cheaper there! lol He is probably use to big engines in the USA. But as Top Gear always say, The Americans have a habit of fitting big engines that produce little power compared to the Europeans/Japanese equivalent cars. Or they fit it to heavy cars :P

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    You can only buy the straight six and V8 BMW's in the US although the diesel 6's are starting to catch on...

    A four pot in the US is seen as the engine of choice for poor people!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew_henson View Post
    A four pot in the US is seen as the engine of choice for poor people!
    I thought the e36 318i was sold in parts of the USA. Their 318i had the 318iS engine (M44 DOHC). They also had the e36 compacts But yeah also in South Africa, 4 pots are also seen as a poor mans BMW, even though cars are more expensive than the same in the UK. We are quite lucky in the UK that cars are dirty cheap to buy, but that's balanced out with expensive fuel, expensive insurance, expensive road tax, expensive mechanic rates and MOT every year (if car is more than 3 years old)

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