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    1. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      10-08-2012 01:02 PM #1
      a 1997 BMW 328i Sedan with the Sport Package
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      the 'ass problem'

      here it is in another position


      here's one of the reasons I bought it:


      Interior is clean:


      two problems here

      what should I do about this? i always buy cars with bolster tears and the intent to fix them, but no idea what it costs. I'd like to do it right out of the gate this time. How much would that cost?

      Needs a couple of things that I noticed:
      clutch bushings are shot
      shifter bushings are shot
      Front tires are mounted backwards of rotation.
      trunk fabric is falling down from seat area

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      10-08-2012 01:13 PM #2
      The rest of the seats are in nice shape, imo it's worth taking the driver's to a pro upholstery shop and getting a quote, probably less $$$ then you think to repair.

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      10-08-2012 01:16 PM #3
      Wow that looks nice. Aside from the bolster which you can get fixed at any upholstery shop, you can glue that carpet back to the rear seat and bingo!

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      10-08-2012 01:17 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by dubjager View Post
      Wow that looks nice. Aside from the bolster which you can get fixed at any upholstery shop, you can glue that carpet back to the rear seat and bingo!
      Or velcro fasteners.

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      10-08-2012 01:20 PM #5
      You can get a new seat cover from these guys and put it on yourself.

      http://www.autoberry.com/

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      10-12-2012 03:38 PM #6
      contrats!, i miss my old bmw
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    7. 10-08-2012 01:23 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      The rest of the seats are in nice shape, imo it's worth taking the driver's to a pro upholstery shop and getting a quote, probably less $$$ then you think to repair.
      Indeed. I have a receipt here from an interior job done on my 745i where all the leather was replaced. Total was $600, and the seats were only half of that -- the rest was the headliner.
      call it potatography

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      10-08-2012 01:23 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      The rest of the seats are in nice shape, imo it's worth taking the driver's to a pro upholstery shop and getting a quote, probably less $$$ then you think to repair.
      Ditto. I've found that professional upholstery shops not only can do the work much faster than I can but they cost a whole lot less than I originally thought.

      obin
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      10-08-2012 01:28 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Obin Robinson View Post
      Ditto. I've found that professional upholstery shops not only can do the work much faster than I can but they cost a whole lot less than I originally thought.

      obin
      Yeah, and as long as you aren't anal about the wear/color matching, you can have them do just the upper and lower bolsters on that side and it will be really close and you shouldn't have to worry about it ever again.

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      10-08-2012 02:37 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      Yeah, and as long as you aren't anal about the wear/color matching, you can have them do just the upper and lower bolsters on that side and it will be really close and you shouldn't have to worry about it ever again.
      Exactly! They might have a whole bunch of extra material in a slightly different color that will end up looking fantastic. You never know until you ask.

      obin
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      10-08-2012 02:49 PM #11
      Make sure to have a spare water pump in the trunk for that 'just in case' moment when the plastic innards explode
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      10-12-2012 02:20 PM #12
      Nice buy Jared! Besides the driver side seat the interior is in really great shape, how many miles on the car?
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      10-08-2012 01:33 PM #13
      Congrats! Fun car.

    14. 10-08-2012 01:58 PM #14
      Also, my local BMW dealer has an interior specialist come in every week and will replace individual pieces of leather on seats with OEM leather. Since the rest of the seats look perfect though I would just get the whole driver's seat done and have a mint interior.
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      10-08-2012 02:19 PM #15
      Very nice! Mind if I ask what you paid?

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      10-08-2012 02:32 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Maggiolone View Post
      Or velcro fasteners.
      I was thinking of using CommandLoc strips (fancy velcro)

      Quote Originally Posted by jwaters943 View Post
      Very nice! Mind if I ask what you paid?
      It was advertised at $3500. I paid a little less.

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      10-08-2012 05:00 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      shifter bushings are shot
      UUC bushings, and UUC Short Shifter
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      trunk fabric is falling down from seat area
      I can explain this.

      The e36 could be had with a ski pass-through in the rear armrest. On cars that did NOT have the pass-through installed, there was a metal panel tack-welded into the opening that you see there. A hammer and punch is all it takes to pop the panel out (obviously done on your car) and as you will see by looking at the armrest, the interior (back seat) upholstery covering the hole behind the armrest has velcro at the top for easy access. The previous owner just took the in-trunk upholstery panel down to use the pass-through instead of cutting a hole in the panel. That panel should be held in place with some of those plastic trim fasteners that you can get in the red "HELP!" packages.

      Now, if you want to make it a proper pass-through, you can order the part from BMW. You'd cut a matching hole in the trim panel in the trunk, and part of the kit is a plastic flange that dresses it up neatly and covers the edges of the metal opening, and has an attached ski bag that would expand into the car through the armrest opening when in use.

      The cheap thing to do would be to get some windlace to dress up the raw metal edges of the opening (so you don't scratch the **** out of your skis/whatever passes through it), and cut the matching hole in the trunk panel before you re-attach it. That's what I did.

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      10-08-2012 05:08 PM #18
      Awesome find. I need to be more vigilant, you beat me to an awfully clean e36 and you're in my area too. Not many in such shape around here.
      10 cylinders, 2 turbos, 6 drive wheels and never enough power.

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      10-08-2012 05:10 PM #19
      That is a nice one. Any reason as to why is the suspension locked in that position? E-brake cables rusted solid and in that position? Does it only happens when it is parked?
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      10-08-2012 05:33 PM #20
      Looks very straight! Congrats!
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      10-08-2012 05:49 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by OOOO-A3 View Post
      UUC bushings, and UUC Short Shifter
      http://store.uucmotorwerks.com/uuc/articles/main.htm
      100%. I loved my UUC Short shifter. It's wicked expensive now.

      Quote Originally Posted by OOOO-A3 View Post
      I can explain this.

      The e36 could be had with a ski pass-through in the rear armrest. On cars that did NOT have the pass-through installed, there was a metal panel tack-welded into the opening that you see there. A hammer and punch is all it takes to pop the panel out (obviously done on your car) and as you will see by looking at the armrest, the interior (back seat) upholstery covering the hole behind the armrest has velcro at the top for easy access. The previous owner just took the in-trunk upholstery panel down to use the pass-through instead of cutting a hole in the panel. That panel should be held in place with some of those plastic trim fasteners that you can get in the red "HELP!" packages.

      Now, if you want to make it a proper pass-through, you can order the part from BMW. You'd cut a matching hole in the trim panel in the trunk, and part of the kit is a plastic flange that dresses it up neatly and covers the edges of the metal opening, and has an attached ski bag that would expand into the car through the armrest opening when in use.

      The cheap thing to do would be to get some windlace to dress up the raw metal edges of the opening (so you don't scratch the **** out of your skis/whatever passes through it), and cut the matching hole in the trunk panel before you re-attach it. That's what I did.
      Yesterday at the show, the kid was using the passthrough to put something through. He played dumb about it on Saturday, but maybe realized he could use it on Sunday to put some fold up chairs.

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      10-08-2012 05:52 PM #22
      That looks nice.

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      10-08-2012 06:50 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by OOOO-A3 View Post
      words about the ski pass
      Or...someone had a subwoofer in the trunk and wanted more bass in the cabin. Easiest way to do is punch out the ski pass. Did it in my E30
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      10-12-2012 02:28 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by OOOO-A3 View Post
      Too harsh for a DD. Ask my spine how I know
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      10-12-2012 02:48 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Too harsh for a DD. Ask my spine how I know
      clutch bushings?

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