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92 325ic, new cabrio
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dale



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: 92 325ic, new cabrio Reply with quote

As most of you know my black 325ic was stolen on May 11th.
I haven't had any luck with recovery of the car, and didn't really
expect to, so I started shopping for another one soon after it was stolen.

I bought a '92 325ic, white with blue interior.
5speed, heated seats, totally stock inside and out,
all original sheetmetal, only 87k miles on it.

I had found a few others that were maybe a little nicer in
CA, but this was only 30 miles away so decided to go for it.

Work so far:
- timing belt, no evidence of when it was done last, so did this asap
- water pump
- plugs, cap, rotor
- coolant flush
- A/C R134a conversion
- came with bottle caps and older rubber with plenty of tread but hard as a rock
- new kopi wheels/tires on order, hope to have them on by the weekend
- after I get the wheels on I'll take some pics and get them online

Work to-do:
- install new top
- front suspension maint, July 4th project
- all the ball-joints, tie rods are tight, but the boots are cracked on
all of them, so they won't last.
- upgrading suspension and will replace control arms/tie-rods at the same time.

This car doesn't need nearly as much work as the black one did when I
got it, but almost any 16 year old car will require some work when
you buy it.

06/27/08





Dale
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice car Dale. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Dale. I love Alpinweiss! I'm jealous!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! When I bought my car, I wasn't wild about the blue interior, but I bought it anyway because the interior was in such mint shape. Since then, it has really grown on me. It's much cooler than black on a hot day, and it doesn't show every little speck of dirt like tan.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the car Dale, and because I have Pacific Blue interior, I'm partial to your interior too!

It's lovely. Congrats bud!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's my twin sister, sweet.
If you need any blue leather I have extra from having the rear seat repaired.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty car, good luck with this one, damn shame about t'other.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful car man, good luck with it. Maybe invest into an alarm...? Wink Crying or Very sad
Post some more pics, let's see the inside too
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buckolaci wrote:

Post some more pics, let's see the inside too
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Cool Laughing yeah, welcome back Dale. (did you buy that ix at the picnic?)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daniel: no I didn't buy the iX at the picnic, that was a $3k car that he wanted $5.5k for, and I don't need yet another e30 right now.

Guys, thanks, I'm glad to have a cabrio again, and I really like this
white/blue and that it has a 5speed.

Still working on the insurance claim, mainly me spending the time
to document the work done to the car that is slowing down the claim.

The A/C is working great, now gotta do a few more things to make
it the ultimate weekend driver, commuter mobile.

Wife and I drove up to Chuck-a-nut drive in Bellingham this weekend,
beautiful weather, just cruised, got 27.5mpg! Pretty happy with that.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car is going to turn out super clean Dale.

I dig the blue too, you dont see it every day.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice! Chain this one to the garage floor at night...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're super worried about theft (and if I were you, I would be) either garage the car or, if you have no garage, pull the coil wire at night and take it with you. Takes a second and makes the car theft proof unless the thief happens to carry a coil wire with him.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car will live in the garage when at home.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pics, just playing around at this point, none that good yet:
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/92_325ic/

This shows the stock ride height with the new 15" Kopi/Alpina wheels
I'm going to try out some E30 M3 springs and see what that does to the
ride height.



I think this is a nice pic, but the angle makes that front gap look huge!

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