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      01-11-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question to my fellow 1addicts :)

Tough decision.

Modifying a car, specifically the 1 series, can be very expensive. This is why I'm kinda in the middle of a tough decision in modifying my 135i, deciding whether start off with power mods, or cosmetic mods. Help?????

Question is, if you guys are going to purchase a new car / when you guys bought your new car, which route would you / did you go first?

I would want to have everything for my car, but since I'm in college right now (which happens to be a better investment than modding a car), money goes for tuition and books first, then if I have extra, I would spend it on mods.
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My thoughts; unless you plan on auto-x or driving events, go with cosmetic first.

Why? You're in college, the car is already quick. More go fast parts lead to tickets, insurance hikes, gas use...all which cost more money that you don't need to spend while getting your education. Cosmetic mods will get bitches (which leads to money spent too...but worth it).
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Since the car is already quick, I would look at things to help apply that power like different tires and suspension modifications. After that, then maybe consider a tune for additional power.
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Since the car is already quick, I would look at things to help apply that power like different tires and suspension modifications. After that, then maybe consider a tune for additional power.
+1^^ this is my route, but this all depends on what you want, good luck bro
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      01-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #5
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My thoughts; unless you plan on auto-x or driving events, go with cosmetic first.

Why? You're in college, the car is already quick. More go fast parts lead to tickets, insurance hikes, gas use...all which cost more money that you don't need to spend while getting your education. Cosmetic mods will get bitches (which leads to money spent too...but worth it).
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The car is plenty fast, if you do cosmetic mods, you will get to enjoy them everyday by just looking at the car. Performance mods, you can't punch it everytime, it can lead to tickets or jail time if you do something insane on public roads. If you are not really tracking the car, I don't see the point in doing performance mods, as you can't fully utilize the extra power on public roads. As a matter of fact, you can't fully utilize the power of the stock car on public roads!
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      01-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #7
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Bro I got a new 1er in the summer after graduating college.
Get a suspension upgrade. Do some DIY cheap mods like black grills or debadge for a cleaner look.
Low and clean like the other poster mention gets bitches. And bitches are the best.

But don't slam it like a mkIV GTI. Glad I didn't go that route with mine.
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      01-11-2013, 11:56 AM   #8
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The best mod ever is the 10-cd changer in the trunk.

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      01-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #9
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      01-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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Blk grills angel eyes wheels a BMW perf trunk spoiler or replica and it will look like a whole new car. And unless you spend a tun on wheels you can do all that for under 2gs. Even cheaper if you paint your own grills or get a replica spoiler. Also check the for sale threads. You can find all this stuff I just mentioned for decent prices.
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      01-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #11
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I think CD changers are obsolete. You can have 100 CDs or more of music available electronically. I've only done tires when I needed them and cosmetic stuff so far. My car is a 128i and I think it's adequate. It will probably get a Magnaflow exhaust and possibly an intake but I'm not in a rush. tinted windows will probably come first (for lower temp in the summer mostly).

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      01-11-2013, 03:10 PM   #12
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Blk grills angel eyes wheels a BMW perf trunk spoiler or replica and it will look like a whole new car. And unless you spend a tun on wheels you can do all that for under 2gs. Even cheaper if you paint your own grills or get a replica spoiler. Also check the for sale threads. You can find all this stuff I just mentioned for decent prices.
I swear I had the hardest time reading this.
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Blk grills angel eyes wheels a BMW perf trunk spoiler or replica and it will look like a whole new car. And unless you spend a tun on wheels you can do all that for under 2gs. Even cheaper if you paint your own grills or get a replica spoiler. Also check the for sale threads. You can find all this stuff I just mentioned for decent prices.

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I swear I had the hardest time reading this.
I still dunno what they said... My vote is cosmetic. Not sure how much more HP you can really get out of these anyway. They are already really fast. IF you are targeting like 10 hp then forget power altogether. Just leaves more money for mods. MODS MODS I LUVS ME MODS HA HA HA HAHA HA...
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Since the car is already quick, I would look at things to help apply that power like different tires and suspension modifications. After that, then maybe consider a tune for additional power.
I like this route.
The tire part is important.

I think as you drive it stock for a while you will start to realize what is important to you.
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      01-12-2013, 02:40 AM   #15
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Blk grills angel eyes wheels a BMW perf trunk spoiler or replica and it will look like a whole new car. And unless you spend a tun on wheels you can do all that for under 2gs. Even cheaper if you paint your own grills or get a replica spoiler. Also check the for sale threads. You can find all this stuff I just mentioned for decent prices.
I swear I had the hardest time reading this.
I was writing that from my phone so it was super short hand. Should have actually read it before posting. I was basically saying go cosmetic with black grills a BMW performance replica spoiler new angel eyes and a set of decent wheels and the car will look 10 times better
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      01-12-2013, 04:51 AM   #16
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I am split here man...I mean cosmetics and performance are both great. Depends on what you want to do with cosmetics. I would recommend getting at least JB4. Then performance grills/black lines. Those where the main things for me.
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      01-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #17
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I'd go with suspension/cosmetic mods first. What school are you going to? I'm going to Nova up in Davie.
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      01-12-2013, 10:20 AM   #18
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My thoughts; unless you plan on auto-x or driving events, go with cosmetic first.

Why? You're in college, the car is already quick. More go fast parts lead to tickets, insurance hikes, gas use...all which cost more money that you don't need to spend while getting your education. Cosmetic mods will get bitches (which leads to money spent too...but worth it).
Made my day today. It is true though. Car is only going to be daily driven, at least for now, so might as well go cosmetics.

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Since the car is already quick, I would look at things to help apply that power like different tires and suspension modifications. After that, then maybe consider a tune for additional power.
Tires is next on my list. Current tires is almost worn out. What tires would you recommend? I've searched the forums, I couldn't decide which one, but I'm kinda leaning towards PSS. It is expensive though.

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The car is plenty fast, if you do cosmetic mods, you will get to enjoy them everyday by just looking at the car. Performance mods, you can't punch it everytime, it can lead to tickets or jail time if you do something insane on public roads. If you are not really tracking the car, I don't see the point in doing performance mods, as you can't fully utilize the extra power on public roads. As a matter of fact, you can't fully utilize the power of the stock car on public roads!
Yep, I love looking at it every day. It makes me want to drive it every single day, even if I don't have plans to go anywhere.

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I think CD changers are obsolete. You can have 100 CDs or more of music available electronically. I've only done tires when I needed them and cosmetic stuff so far. My car is a 128i and I think it's adequate. It will probably get a Magnaflow exhaust and possibly an intake but I'm not in a rush. tinted windows will probably come first (for lower temp in the summer mostly).

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Ya, I get my music from my iPhone. So CD changers are kinda useless, at least for me. Do you consider the exhaust as a cosmetic mod?

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Bro I got a new 1er in the summer after graduating college.
Get a suspension upgrade. Do some DIY cheap mods like black grills or debadge for a cleaner look.
Low and clean like the other poster mention gets bitches. And bitches are the best.

But don't slam it like a mkIV GTI. Glad I didn't go that route with mine.
I don't like slammed cars so I would never ever slam mine. I mean, what's the point of upgrading the suspension if you're just going to slam it. Upgrading the suspension means you want to improve the handling etc.. isn't? That's why I don't get some people who likes to slam their car..

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I'd go with suspension/cosmetic mods first. What school are you going to? I'm going to Nova up in Davie.
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Thank you for replying guys!

Also, I forgot to mention. I kinda have some cosmetic mods already, such as the BMW Performance Spoiler, BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps, and BMW Performance Black Grille. My car came with it when I bought it from the dealer. Then recently, I added an Active Autowerke Performance Tune, I just couldn't pass up a 90% off deal. Plus an Active Autowerke Charge Pipe, because I heard that the charge pipe for the N55 is prone to cracking, etc..
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      01-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #19
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Sell it, buy a 2000 Honda civic and focus on school.

If you can't do that, buy a COBB AP and flash it. Best $895 you'll have ever spent.
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Best bang for your buck is jb4 no doubt about it. If you're on a really tight budget then get JB+. Other than that just save your money.
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Tires is next on my list. Current tires is almost worn out. What tires would you recommend? I've searched the forums, I couldn't decide which one, but I'm kinda leaning towards PSS. It is expensive though.
I'm currently running Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Specs and love them (non-runflat). They offer loads of grip and an improved ride over the old run flat tires. After swapping them out, it is easy to notice that the suspension was definitely tuned for run flat tires.
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