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Old 07-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #81
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Yeah many cars have a metal frame that goes on top of the window. The window glass needs to clear that frame/rubber/etc. so when it closes it closes against the seal and not against hard metal. nothing at all fancy, spooky, or clever about it. It's like mentioning how the blinkers make a clicky sound when you activate them.
Okay, now you're taking me down memory lane and diverting this thread, which is entirely okay. Threads should have a life of their own, independent of the OP.

I had a 1970 Firebird that did not have a window frame, and the glass tore the rubber weather strip to shreds. It's not glass vs. metal frame, it's glass vs. soft rubber. (Had I possessed a lick of sense, I would have rolled the window down a bit before opening/closing, but that would've been hard to do from outside the car; car in question didn't have power windows, and this was before you could operate windows with the key fob.)

And the clicky blinkers, omg, they were really bad back in the 60s and 70s. The sound was the relay that was clicking to switch the power on/off to the lights. When car manufacturers started using electronic relays, they had to manufacture the blinker sound to remind people to turn them off.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:04 PM   #82
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:12 PM   #83
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I even test drove a g35 but never realized they did that also. There seem to be a lot more that don't do it than do and comparing that feature to blinkers is just ignorant.

I have a 76 Trans am so I'm still familiar with that click.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #84
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #85
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Bought a Civic Hybrid from a used car lot, and the lack of power, plus the shittyness of a hybrid kept pissing me off. Like it would struggle to hit 85ish, it would shut off at stop lights/signs to save gas (bullshit) and the AC wasn't working too well. So I took it back to the lot I bought it from, and saw my beloved white 325i, just sitting there. Seeing the car, sitting in the sport seats, made me fall in love. Put the key in, and started it. The roar of the engine, and ample power, just made me have to get it. Few months after purchase, I wrecked the car, into my house.
Bought my 330i, fully loaded, a few months back. I don't think I'll ever get any car other than a BMW.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:25 PM   #86
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Bought a Civic Hybrid from a used car lot, and the lack of power, plus the shittyness of a hybrid kept pissing me off. Like it would struggle to hit 85ish, it would shut off at stop lights/signs to save gas (bullshit) and the AC wasn't working too well. So I took it back to the lot I bought it from, and saw my beloved white 325i, just sitting there. Seeing the car, sitting in the sport seats, made me fall in love. Put the key in, and started it. The roar of the engine, and ample power, just made me have to get it. Few months after purchase, I wrecked the car, into my house.
Bought my 330i, fully loaded, a few months back. I don't think I'll ever get any car other than a BMW.
How does one wreck his 325 into his parents house and then get them to buy him a 330 afterwards? I don't understand how parents put their kids in these types of cars these days and then if they wreck them they get rewarded with a better model. Nothing against you at all, just wondering how you pull that off.


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Old 07-10-2013, 10:25 PM   #87
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How does one wreck his 325 into his parents house and then get them to buy him a 330 afterwards? I don't understand how parents put their kids in these types of cars these days and then if they wreck them they get rewarded with a better model. Nothing against you at all, just wondering how you pull that off.


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It was because I put money in for it. I still felt like **** for wrecking the car, but lessons learned. I actually paid more for the '01 325i ZSP, than I did for the '02 330i ZSP/ZPP/ZCP. the 325 had 196K when I acquired it, and the 330 had 136.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #88
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It was because I put money in for it. I still felt like **** for wrecking the car, but lessons learned. I actually paid more for the '01 325i ZSP, than I did for the '02 330i ZSP/ZPP/ZCP. the 325 had 196K when I acquired it, and the 330 had 136.
Were you the one who made a thread about driving into your own house? And you wanted to pull it out of the house with your mom's Toyota?
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Were you the one who made a thread about driving into your own house? And you wanted to pull it out of the house with your mom's Toyota?
Yeah... /.\
It was the 4.0 4Runenr, so I figured it could pull it out. Then a few members pointed out that I might have hit a structural support, so it'd be better to get the fire department to look at it, and then get a tow truck to pull it out. Ended up doing that. :/ Lots of memories on this site. Lots of 'em.
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How does one wreck his 325 into his parents house and then get them to buy him a 330 afterwards? I don't understand how parents put their kids in these types of cars these days and then if they wreck them they get rewarded with a better model. Nothing against you at all, just wondering how you pull that off.


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The important thing to remember about most parents that buy their kids 'nicer' cars is they're doing it for their own image and enjoyment (maybe guilt?) as much as for the kid. Parents live vicariously through their children and try to give them what the didn't have - So kid crashes a car, they gotta replace it. Otherwise, the neighbors will think their too poor to replace a wrecked BMW with a better BMW. And after all, that's what they would have wanted when they were their kid's age.

It's interesting which parents decide to do it though. One of the (few) guys in my high school class that had a brand new sports car given to him jr year lived in a sh*thole house. I grabbed a ride with him one day and we stopped by his place and I absolutely could not believe a family wealthy enough to waste a brand new car on a 16 year old lived like that - meanwhile most of my friends lived in better neighborhoods and drove beaters, if anything.
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^^ You are quite right. I saw this all the time at school, which I just finished this year. But it was different than you'd expect. Except for the poor kid who drove a 2012 base model Camaro(which he thought was the sh!t), most people drive terrible cars but think they are fantastic. I draw a lot of jokes for having a "station wagon" but the fact of the matter is that this car has roughly $18k of my own hard earned money in it versus a r!ced out eBay special Honda Civic. And my car is just miles better in every category.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:51 PM   #92
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The important thing to remember about most parents that buy their kids 'nicer' cars is they're doing it for their own image and enjoyment (maybe guilt?) as much as for the kid. Parents live vicariously through their children and try to give them what the didn't have - So kid crashes a car, they gotta replace it. Otherwise, the neighbors will think their too poor to replace a wrecked BMW with a better BMW. And after all, that's what they would have wanted when they were their kid's age.

It's interesting which parents decide to do it though. One of the (few) guys in my high school class that had a brand new sports car given to him jr year lived in a sh*thole house. I grabbed a ride with him one day and we stopped by his place and I absolutely could not believe a family wealthy enough to waste a brand new car on a 16 year old lived like that - meanwhile most of my friends lived in better neighborhoods and drove beaters, if anything.
No offense, but you DO realize, that our E46s aren't all that expensive nowadays, right? I got my current 330i for 5900 bucks.
Just because it has a BMW emblem on it, doesn't mean it's a 50,000$ sports car. Seriously.
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No offense, but you DO realize, that our E46s aren't all that expensive nowadays, right? I got my current 330i for 5900 bucks.
Just because it has a BMW emblem on it, doesn't mean it's a 50,000$ sports car. Seriously.
You are absolutely right but the e46 still looks expensive and anything with those 3 letters on the front is considered expensive by people who don't know the biggest secret of these cars...their price. (Though it does cost more to run and maintain them versus other cars.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:26 AM   #94
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No offense, but you DO realize, that our E46s aren't all that expensive nowadays, right? I got my current 330i for 5900 bucks.
Just because it has a BMW emblem on it, doesn't mean it's a 50,000$ sports car. Seriously.
They're still nice cars that aren't particularly cheap to maintain. In my neighborhood, most people live in fairly modest $600k homes and drive cars less nice than a 330i. If your rich, sure, an well maintained e46 is not that expensive. For most people, its still a luxury car.


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After owning and working on a e36 for awhile I just had to have the e46 and been enjoying every minute behind the wheel or under the hood.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:10 AM   #97
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We owned a E36, and were really happy with it, the E46 seemed like a nice upgrade.

Love the car, hate the shoddy design flaws... Windows, Wiring Harness, crap cooling system.

My E36 has 211000 miles (bought at 80K), and in that time has needed,
1 water pump, new thermostat, Alternator, valve cover gasket.

E46 100K miles (Bought at 75K),,, Water Pump, Wiring harness for trunk,
Tail light meltdown, window regulator failure , Oil leaks, CV joints, Valve cover gasket,
Fuel pump, Heater control, heater ballast resistor, Oil filter tower seals, Washer pump....
Like I said its the picky crap that ruins the car...

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:45 AM   #98
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I like the E46 styling and the idea that it's not riddled with half-assed electronics like the E9x series.
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No offense, but you DO realize, that our E46s aren't all that expensive nowadays, right? I got my current 330i for 5900 bucks.
Just because it has a BMW emblem on it, doesn't mean it's a 50,000$ sports car. Seriously.
This is so true. I was on a job site with mine (environmental engineer) and one of the construction workers goes "damn how much do I need for one of them?" and I'm like "Probably about the same as that C-class you have sitting right there." It's funny, people think because we have e46's that we have a ton of money...not the case lol, we just love our cars, even when they're giving us a little trouble
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I love the handling, i love the noise it makes, i love how easy it is to work on, i love how ergonomic it is, it is very elegant, it is my favorite bmw body style to date, and i like how fast i can enter corners in.


Feels good when that moron is tailgating me on the highway and as soon as get on the off ramp, downshift, and stretch my leg a bit how far back he ends up.
Hehehe oh yes. That's always fun
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