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Posted 02 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

My car history is frankly patchy, a 2000 1.6 Golf was my first car, i learned to drive and actually took my driving test in it, i passed first time but unfortunately it was written off in an accident when i drove on unfamiliar roads in soaking conditions and lost control taking a corner and ending up in a field. I then ended up with a 1998 Ford Escort, it had something majorly wrong with it and it would do 25mpg, downhill. It constantly needed small jobs doing, mounting up to a few quid more then it was worth and one day whilst driving home from a friends house, some twat pulled out of a slip road without even looking and when i slammed on the breaks they failed meaning i had to swerve to avoid a nasty accident, 60 mph and no brakes and i'd just avoided a crash by inches, the next day i advertised it for sale and some bloke from blackpool came and took it away.

 

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Next i had a 2.0 1998 Ford Mondeo Auto i bought for £300 quid, didn't have the thing long enough to have any proper opinion because an elderly woman somehow found reverse instead of first gear and reversed straight into my car, insurance decided to write it off since the repairs would have cost more then the cars value.

 

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Then i drove a Ford KA for a while, actually fun to drive but still not what you want to drive every day, i'll spare you a pic.
Since then i haven't owned my own car for over a year since i could use a company van, i started a new job recently and since i've been saving pennies for a while i decided to go out and get myself something fun.

 

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It's a 2000 E46 330D SE, 120k on the clock. Me dad give me a lift to Wrexham in Wales from Liverpool and after a good look around, checking the oils and a test drive i bloody loved it. Once the handshakes were exchanged i got my laptop and paid the insurance deposit and away i went. On the way back i drove a nice mix of country lanes and motorway and it's definately a car to enjoy, bloody good on fuel aswell on the way home, hardly used any diesel. It's got a few bits of work to do but mostly cosmetic stuff like some slight rusting and a bit of wear on the leather seats. Does anyone know what the wheels on it are called? how much should it cost to get alloys refurbished ?

 

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

I envy you man , congrats between


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:37 PM

Congrats looks better than that shiity Ford

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:06 PM

Wheels are Style 67's. 

Car looks good. Hope it does you well. 


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:28 AM

Congrats, wish you safe km/miles with it.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:48 AM

Congrats on your new car! You've definitely paid your dues with all the automotive crap you've dealt with in the past. 


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:16 AM

Looks very nice and clean.  Congrats on finally having something nice.  :pp


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

I just drove it from Liverpool to Orton and stayed at an ex ww2 pow hall thats now a modern hotel, car is amazing, used about 20 quids worth of fuel and gave it some beans when it was safe to do so, bloody brilliant fun!


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:53 AM

Nice one, that 330 diesel motor is a really good engine. As for the wheel refurb, you are probably better off doing it yourself. I did mine in one (and a bit) afternoons. Its not too tricky, I did a write up for the process somewhere. Should be able to link it for you if you are interested.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:24 AM

Nice one, that 330 diesel motor is a really good engine. As for the wheel refurb, you are probably better off doing it yourself. I did mine in one (and a bit) afternoons. Its not too tricky, I did a write up for the process somewhere. Should be able to link it for you if you are interested.

 

Definately mate, i'm practical minded and would prefer to do it myself if possible!


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:26 AM

Nice new BMW dude. Pretty sweet ride.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:30 PM

Heres a link to my alloy refurb topic write-up on the benzworld forums

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One thing i mentioned in the topic was that i did 2 coats. I now recommend 3!


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:48 AM

So you owned a Ford
You must push a lot

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:43 PM Edited by top gear, 12 March 2014 - 03:43 PM.

Congrats on a decent car. Unfortunately you will look like a cock when driving it, even when you drive safely.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:43 PM

Congrats on a decent car. Unfortunately you will look like a cock when driving it, even when you drive safely.


Naa, the BMW driver mantle has been taken over by Audi drivers to those in the know

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 05:42 PM

Love that ride, congratulations and I wish you much luck and many traveled kilometers.

Have you considered tinting windows a bit? It would suit the car. 


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:09 PM

Tint the windows on that and he'll have people queuing up when he pops to the shops to buy crack. Privacy glass is for uber-barges and armoured 4x4s.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:20 AM Edited by Turbocharged Prelude, 14 March 2014 - 10:26 AM.

Haha, yeah whatever. It all depends on you and where you live. If you ask me, there's nothing wrong with that, here people with cars of all classes and categories tint their windows. However, there's a law which says you mustn't tint front windows over 35%, which is just dumb. There is no reason for that. That's just a massive prejudice, according to which, if you have tinted windows - you're either a crackhead, a gangster or an ass. There are numerous reasons to tint a car. First off, it has a function of sunglasses, it decreases the sunlight in an amazing amount so it doesn't glare in your eyes. Second, when a glass breaks, the foil keeps it together, avoiding it from shattering all over the interior, along with keeping you secure. And third, aestethics. You can't say it's not a good thing. Of course it doesn't fit all cars/vehicles, but this BMW? It has balls enough for tinting. Plus, it would suit those chrome mouldings around the windows.
My car, my windows, my privacy, f*ck off. Feel me?
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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:50 AM Edited by Carlover325, 14 March 2014 - 10:52 AM.

I like my tinted windows. Whenever I drive my mom's Corolla without tinted windows, I feel like I'm in a fish bowl. The dark tint also makes it hard for people to see what I might have in the cargo area, so it's added security. And I just plain think tinted windows make my Jeep look better than those that don't.
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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:57 AM

Exactly. ^

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 10:59 AM

Haha, yeah whatever. It all depends on you and where you live. If you ask me, there's nothing wrong with that, here people with cars of all classes and categories tint their windows. However, there's a law which says you mustn't tint front windows over 35%, which is just dumb. There is no reason for that. That's just a massive prejudice, according to which, if you have tinted windows - you're either a crackhead, a gangster or an ass. There are numerous reasons to tint a car. First off, it has a function of sunglasses, it decreases the sunlight in an amazing amount so it doesn't glare in your eyes. Second, when a glass breaks, the foil keeps it together, avoiding it from shattering all over the interior, along with keeping you secure. And third, aestethics. You can't say it's not a good thing. Of course it doesn't fit all cars/vehicles, but this BMW? It has balls enough for tinting. Plus, it would suit those chrome mouldings around the windows.
My car, my windows, my privacy, f*ck off. Feel me?

 

There are two main reasons why tinting your windows past a certain percentage is illegal. First of all, traffic awareness and safety. You said that it fulfils the function of sunglasses, but I would guess you don't wear sunglasses at night (or maybe you're one of those douchebags that wear sunglasses in clubs, i don't know). Secondly it's for officer safety. Police officers need to be able to see inside if they pull a vehicle over to identify if there may be any threats which they may not be able to see until it's too late with dark window tint.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

You're right about nighttime, though, but I could deal with it, since I'd go up to 80% maximally. About the police, while the officer is approaching, just roll the window down?

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

There's no expectation of privacy inside a car. I'd much rather be able to see who was driving in the event of an accident, whether they were on the phone or otherwise distracted and what else might be going on. That's far more important to a safe, aware driver than not having to hoover up glass in the event that someone breaks my window.

Even 15% tint makes a significant difference at night. There's no way that 80% for the driver is even remotely close to safe. Moreover, I know aesthetics are subjective but 90% of the time it looks utterly sh*t.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 11:57 AM

I have no visibility issues at night. Of course, I just have factory tint, so my front windows aren't as dark. But even looking out the rear window has not been an issue, and I have to parallel park a lot at night.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 12:04 PM

Factory tints are usually only 5-10%. Tue rear of my A4 was 15% and though it didn't make a huge difference it was definitely noticeable. Anyone who tints the windscreen or front windows above about this level is a dangerous idiot in my view. It shown no regard for awareness, safety of other road users or common courtesy. I don't want to be sharing the road with the kind of person who thinks that their personal aesthetic views are more important than other people being able to identify if they're doing something dangerous behind the wheel.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 12:21 PM Edited by Turbocharged Prelude, 14 March 2014 - 12:22 PM.

Up to 80% on the beack and 60% on the front, while 70-50 would be ideal. I agree, tinting windshield is idiotic and fully illegal, I'd only put a transparent foil to decrease sun glare. About else, well, that's your opinion.
My father's Benz is 35% on the front, and it's not dangerous and idiotic as you say, it looks elegant and mild.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Not all tints are created equally, remember. A 35% from a less reputable seller might be the same as a 50% from another, such is the way they filter light. 35% in my view is anything but mild, there's not a great deal of difference from the outside between that and 50% in a great many cases.

As far as I'm concerned, the moment at which it becomes impossible to distinguish between someone resting their arm on the door and their head in their palm, and someone holding a phone to their head, they're dangerous for other road users.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 02:50 PM

Sure thing, percentages have different meaning at different brands, but the Benz's foils are Llumar, which is a famous and quality brand, and I'm telling you, you can see through what pose the driver is in, but I really can't understand why you insist on it so much. Is that what're you doing while driving - looking what others are doing or watching the road? I understand your argument, but it isn't that strong to prevent tinting the windows.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

Nice ride mate ;) I'm a big BMW guy myself. Hopefully one day I'll get the chance to own one too.

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:22 PM

Sure thing, percentages have different meaning at different brands, but the Benz's foils are Llumar, which is a famous and quality brand, and I'm telling you, you can see through what pose the driver is in, but I really can't understand why you insist on it so much. Is that what're you doing while driving - looking what others are doing or watching the road? I understand your argument, but it isn't that strong to prevent tinting the windows.


Looking at the behaviour of other drivers is by far the best way of predicting what they're going to do and how they're going to drive. You can tell a great deal about a driver simply by how they hold the steering wheel. It doesn't take more than a half-second glance to identify whether you need to hang back because someone's nervous, whether you're safer in front of them, whether someone is lost or looking for an address, or whether someone's just a f*ckwit who isn't paying attention.
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