This will be a log of all the things I’ve done to my car over the years, I don’t know much about vehicles so this will double as a learning journey. The secret remains, was I inspired to get a BMW by this song or was I just giving fair warning to other drivers that I’m someone who drives like they own a BMW :boom:

BMW 328i Beauty Shot

Backstory

Hey nice to meet you! I don’t think you’ve met my car yet, I’ll let him introduction himself real quick. Also, just because my car can talk doesn’t mean I’m one of those weirdos who’s named their car.

Car in a foot of snow

Michael bought me in 2017 right after getting a summer internship blowing half his pay on transportation alone - smart guy. He drove me daily that summer, then only as a pack mule for grocery and beer runs until he graduated university. I got covered in lots of snow in the winter. Anyway, then he abandoned his family and friend and more importantly me for some “job” in Seattle. That was the moment I wished I had the ability to give myself carbon monoxide poisoning, but alas, I have no lungs :skull:. After a gruelling 2 years of being up for sale he came back and took me to Seattle. It’s a big change of incline in the city and the being left on the treacherous streets over night is scary, but that’s chill - vroom I’m a car.

Accessories

Some things I’ve got for my car that wouldn’t classify as a modification

Modifications

Okay, now here are the mods I’ve done listed in chronological order and at the bottom are some future ideas.

Carbon Fibre Wrapped Trim

I bought a Genesis Heat Gun and Carbon Fibre Vinyl Wrap and one afternoon in June 2018 I invited my longtime friend @aa_ron.12 over to help pimp my ride! There are pieces or all doors and then the front dash and centre console, totalling 6. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out and definitely like it more than the original brown wood trim.

Front License Tow Hook Mount

Since I bought the car from Quebec and they don’t use front license plates but Ontario does, I needed a way to mount one. After my temporary license expired and I got my plates (then after some more time of driving around with the plate in my passenger door storage) I bought a front tow hook mount for my plate sometime in June 2018. It was either that or drill into the car which I wanted to avoid. I can’t remember or find where I bought it and there’s no identification on the mount itself. Anyways, I don’t plan on using it anymore and just using the rear plate while in Washington. It did add at least a couple inches to the front of my car which can make the world of difference on a cramped street. I would also come to find my plate bent, presumably by my enemies.

As I develop more a mentality to create instead of purchase, I see how simple this mount is and wish I had made it myself, oh well :disappointed:

Front tow hook license plate

Removed Window Tints

So my car had window tints with lots of scratches in it ever since I bought it. I tolerated it for a while but having to roll down my window at intersections to get a good view of what’s about to hit me is getting a bit old. I went over to my friend @anujyamdagni’s apartment parking garage on Jan 31, 2022 with an extension cable and a hairdryer I rescued from another tenant in my building and we got to peeling! All it took was a little heat and slow peeling back to remove them and now its a lot brighter, higher visibility for me, and higher visibility for people to see me picking my nose and/or crying looking all cool at red lights!

I need to re-Goo Gone the rear passenger window - the tint didn’t come off as cleanly there and left a lot of the adhesive as a present :gift:

Window tints

You can see the vertical scratches on the front passenger window the here but it was present on all and actual scratches, not just rubbing scratches like seen here on the rear passenger window. This is the only picture I can find showing it though.

Add MPH to Speedometer [Sketch Warning]

When I was planning on importing my car to the US and A one requirement is to have mph on the speedometer. BMW Canada must have wanted to save money on orange paint or trusted Canadians to be smart enough to do the conversion in their head at highway speeds. Anyways, this is what I’ve done to my once beautiful dash and has earned me tons of teasing from my so called “friends” :wink:

MPH Speedometer Addition with paint marker

My only regret is not marking 88 mph in a cool way.

Wiper Blades

I replaced the windshield wiper blades on June 15, 2022. Note: The passenger side wiper wasn’t locking in like the driver side one… Stopped at a gas station in North Washington state on the way back from Vancouver, Canada. Friend went into the washroom. I thought “might as well clean the windows”. I snap off the wiper blade like the absolute baboon I am. Drive home blind in the rain.

Rear License Plate Cover

When I was removing the sticker from my license plate I noticed it was pretty worn and rusty, so figured this would be a nice, easy little improvement to the look. Seattle parking enforcement also doesn’t know about this new law so I got a ticket about it recently, luckily I didn’t have to fight it since, shocker, the government royally messed up :joy: I bought the JHR-Auto Trunk Mount and easily installed it. It’s now less likely someone will steal my plate since I have the anti-theft screws, or more likely if they took my advice

Before License Plate After License Plate

I should probably take the measurements of the screw caps so I can 3D print a copy when some junkie inevitably yoinks them #inb4

Cabin Air Filter

After reading online that its recommended to change these every 25,000 km and finding it only cost like $20, might as well. Got the PHILTOP Cabin Air Filter and only needed to remove six 8mm screws easily accessible under the hood and make the swap.

Installed on June 22, 2022 at 178,000 km.

Cabin Air Filter Comparison

Future Mod Ideas

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