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hi every one thought id bett introduce my self, i recently own a mk3 golf gti great little car kept it in mint condition and pritty much standard as im a fan of the subtle mods or OEM look. unfortunatly had an accident in my car the other day causing quite abit of damage to front end :( been driving four years now 1st accient that was my fault oooop's only had the golf for 6months lol before i that i owned my 1st car which i loved verry much how ever im ashamed to admitt it was a saxo vtr lol so im looking to get a pay out off inshurance due to age of the golf prob wont be much and as im still only an apprentice electrician im not on fantastic money yet so wont have much money for next car but maybe enough to get a e36 coupe or compact. reason i want a bmw now is im 25 so feel its time for a more mature car which looks great as it is standard and wont need over the top mods to look decent so looking forward to learning more about these cars and meeting some you lot thanx louis :cool


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and the ermmm :embarrassed saxo vtr. and even you saxo haters must admitt i modded it tastfully and it never had lexarse lights lol





 

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Hi Louis 23,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk................:thumbsup


Glad you've decided to get a proper car :hihi although loads would beg to differ,Your other cars look tidy :cool
 

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Hi Louis 23,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk................:thumbsup


Glad you've decided to get a proper car :hihi although loads would beg to differ,Your other cars look tidy :cool
lol cheers dude i know what you mean with a proper car tho going from the saxo to the golf was a massive step up in build quality even tho the golf was 6 years older it had loads more than the french shit lol and solid threw out. but im very excited about stepping up from a vw to a bmw this time. looking on the interweb at bm's and i hoping to get somthing a lil like this its a photoshop done on paint brush lol of what i would like to end up with.



a compact and go for the motorsport edition look with m3 rear lights clear front indicators and lowered also the black rub strips :thumbsup
 

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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 [email protected], 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.

 
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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 [email protected], 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.

thanx mate so what sort of drop do you recomend on a compact? reason id like a compact most is there alot less common round my way but a hell of alot of coupes. how much you think is a reasonable price for a compact e36?
 

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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 [email protected], 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.

I hope so.


I like the compact but thought when I first saw mine I knew it was the one I had to have
 

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Hi Louis
Welcome to the club.
Nice motors you once had and good photos.
I'm sure you'll find plenty of info and help on this forum and have an even better car.

Cheers

Paul:thumbsup
 

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Good choice mate :thumbsup

Would be good to have a fellow Compact Bristol buy owner :cool

Ive presonally got a 2002 E46 325ti Compact and love it :thumbsup

Bit different to the coupes that you see EVERYWHERE

Go for it i'd say, deffinately keep to the subtle OEM look, see you resisted the typical saxo mods :cool

Not a bad looking saxo tbf :)
 
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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 :thumbsup
 

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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 :thumbsup
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 :cool
 

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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.
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 :thumbsup
 

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A pointer if you are lookin for a compact

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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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
 

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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 [email protected], 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 :rofl

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 :boxedin
 
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