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Old 06-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #41
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #42
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Prestone 'any engine' yellow coolant is fine. High quality with five year 150,000 mile lifetime and no phosphates. Did the research and it's all good.
I test mine on a regular basis for freezing point and pH. Perfect so far after two years.
I say that because when I bought my Bmw it had green coolant and it was eating the engine metal around the thermostats gasket that was require to use epoxy in order for the new gasket fit and stop the leak.

No leak what so ever... it has been 2 years... I think...

I use Bmw blue coolant only. Cheap anyways. ) $20

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Old 06-20-2012, 09:18 PM   #43
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Don't like color- sell it and buy another.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:13 AM   #44
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Prestone 'any engine' yellow coolant is fine. High quality with five year 150,000 mile lifetime and no phosphates. Did the research and it's all good.
I test mine on a regular basis for freezing point and pH. Perfect so far after two years.
Why use anything but the BMW reccomended coolant?
You can research all you want, but why risk using the wrong stuff when the regular coolant is not much more expensive, and you KNOW it's the right stuff? And in the end you may save what, $20?
This is very bad advice, and not worth the risk. And then you have to waste more time and money to test it? Just use BMW Blue, and change it once a year.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #45
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I just got my first bmw, which is an 04 325i and I'm loving every second of it. My only minor concern is the color, which as of now is a metallic steel blue (picture attached). I'd like to paint the car either grey, silver, or navy blue ( I really like the interlagos blue), all of which I attached pictures. Which of these options would be easiest, what do I need to do, and how much would I be looking at shelling out. I'd like the finished car too look as stock as possible, like it had actually been produced in that color. ANY HELP is greatly appreciatedhttp://s1.E46Fanatics.com/forum/images/smilies/thinking.gif

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The only reason I bought my car in Japan Electric Red was because it was in excellent conditions inside outside and under hood but I really wanted it in alpine white. It is expensive to do that job right and it almost never comes out like from the dealer. you might get the color you want but not the finish. So I figured when I can afford another one I'll give this one to my wife. But did a few mods and I think my wife will be waiting a while now that I'm Liking it more and more each day did rear roof wing ,trunk, angel eyes, brakes, subwoofer, and tint i likes what do you think?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:24 AM   #46
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Why use anything but the BMW reccomended coolant?
You can research all you want, but why risk using the wrong stuff when the regular coolant is not much more expensive, and you KNOW it's the right stuff? And in the end you may save what, $20?
This is very bad advice, and not worth the risk. And then you have to waste more time and money to test it? Just use BMW Blue, and change it once a year.
Because I absolutely know that Prestone is top quality and completely satisfactory for my engine, and it's cheaper and easier to get. Not telling anyone else to avoid BMW coolant for your engine. So it's not bad advice because it's not advice at all. I just said what I do for my engine.

And by the way, all coolant should regularly be checked for freezing point and pH. Just like you pull your dipstick to make sure all is good with your oil.

Once a year coolant change is excessive. Surely you want to stay green with your blue coolant.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:27 AM   #47
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The only reason I bought my car in Japan Electric Red was because it was in excellent conditions inside outside and under hood but I really wanted it in alpine white. It is expensive to do that job right and it almost never comes out like from the dealer. you might get the color you want but not the finish. So I figured when I can afford another one I'll give this one to my wife. But did a few mods and I think my wife will be waiting a while now that I'm Liking it more and more each day did rear roof wing ,trunk, angel eyes, brakes, subwoofer, and tint i likes what do you think?
What do I think? Not so hot pictures of a nice car!

Totally agree; don't make color a priority when buying a used car. Condition should top the list.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:37 AM   #48
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Changing the color of a car is not like changing your shirt. Hate the color? Then you should have not bought it. It is not an option to change the color---it will be a big problem. First to do it right (is there any other way) you need to paint all the door jams, inside truck, and under hood and engine compartment. Otherwise, anyone looking at the car will see it as a repaint cheap job, and/or wonder about what accident damage was present before the paint job. It will greatly reduce the saleability. I would never buy a car that was two tone (different trunk or engine or door jam color. And to get it right you need an expert who will remove everything and know how to do the tight corners and uneven surfaces. Major prep work. I could not deal with the over-spray. Cost to do it as it should be --over $5000. If you get a quote for $2k or $3k, that is a junk job taking shortcuts. If you hate it so much, sell it, and buy what you like.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:38 PM   #49
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Keep the paint, wax and polish it up nicely get rid of the orange on the car, side markers and signals, nice rims and maybe new bumper and the car will look great for 1/4 the price of a paint job.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:10 PM   #50
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Lol thread is full of lol

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:12 AM   #51
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Keep the paint, wax and polish it up nicely get rid of the orange on the car, side markers and signals, nice rims and maybe new bumper and the car will look great for 1/4 the price of a paint job.
Agree with DBrow I have steel blue swapped the corners and sides to white for $30 and got LED Tails for $100 looks awesome now oh and def angel eyes.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:17 AM   #52
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dude painting ur car is not worth it all!!!! please dont do that to ur self. the best thing u could is maintain the color from fading.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #53
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Changing the color of a car is not like changing your shirt. Hate the color? Then you should have not bought it. It is not an option to change the color---it will be a big problem. First to do it right (is there any other way) you need to paint all the door jams, inside truck, and under hood and engine compartment. Otherwise, anyone looking at the car will see it as a repaint cheap job, and/or wonder about what accident damage was present before the paint job. It will greatly reduce the saleability. I would never buy a car that was two tone (different trunk or engine or door jam color. And to get it right you need an expert who will remove everything and know how to do the tight corners and uneven surfaces. Major prep work. I could not deal with the over-spray. Cost to do it as it should be --over $5000. If you get a quote for $2k or $3k, that is a junk job taking shortcuts. If you hate it so much, sell it, and buy what you like.
YES. the shop will tell u 3k but dude its gona look like **** lol its not gonna look nothing like bmw paint unless u literally spend more than 4k at LEAST at a high quality shop thats well known. . any less and its a cheap paint job.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #54
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This should give you some inspiration.


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Old 06-22-2012, 01:51 PM   #55
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I bet he is...or his mom is rich...
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #56
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Look at the steel blue thread

Steel blue if modded nicely looks very clean.
I used to hate the color and now I love it.

And the paint will never be the same as factory, because it can't bake long enough.

Shouldn't have bought a car painted in the color you don't like.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:39 AM   #57
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Geeeez guys, I know you read the 1st hundred people say maintenence how many times yawl going to say it lol.
I mean everyones right by saying maintenence. but id say if your car hasn't been in a collision no need for paint.
but do you guy its your car lol. throw some angel eyes on there if you dont have them.
new wheels, suspension, exauhst all that fanatic sh*t these people to on here. your colors cute anyways lol !!
it's look sick with some matte black rims & tint.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:52 AM   #58
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Yeah really it was just by far the most sensible option.....
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