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      04-28-2020, 03:52 PM   #1
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Easy cosmetic changes - side repeaters, gear knob & centre caps

I bought an e93 330d a few months ago and I think it looks great for its age but there were 3 really easy/cheap changes I wanted to make that I just didn't get around to doing until Sat. Just over £30 and under an hr to fit everything and I have to say I am pretty happy!

1) gear knob - was really nasty and worn. swapped with a cheap £9 replacement from eBay. Almost took my head off trying to yank this thing out and the whole gator came off with it too but went back together fine.

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2) side repeaters - were yellow with age and although I prefer an OEM look on most cars I think the black lens suits the black paint on this. These are sequential indicators and cost £13 from eBay.

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3) centre caps - these were old and bubbling in places and replacements were only £12 on Ebay. All came off pretty easily with a pry tool but I did have to drill out 1 of them didn't want to budge at all.

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Really happy with these small changes.. now the car just needs a proper wash which I'll get to once this week of rain is through!

Stay safe all.

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FYI

removing wheel cap can be done with a suction cup
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      05-02-2020, 06:48 AM   #3
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I bought an e93 330d a few months ago and I think it looks great for its age but there were 3 really easy/cheap changes I wanted to make that I just didn't get around to doing until Sat. Just over £30 and under an hr to fit everything and I have to say I am pretty happy!

1) gear knob - was really nasty and worn. swapped with a cheap £9 replacement from eBay. Almost took my head off trying to yank this thing out and the whole gator came off with it too but went back together fine.

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2) side repeaters - were yellow with age and although I prefer an OEM look on most cars I think the black lens suits the black paint on this. These are sequential indicators and cost £13 from eBay.

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3) centre caps - these were old and bubbling in places and replacements were only £12 on Ebay. All came off pretty easily with a pry tool but I did have to drill out 1 of them didn't want to budge at all.

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Really happy with these small changes.. now the car just needs a proper wash which I'll get to once this week of rain is through!

Stay safe all.

BPSR
You should get LED side markers. Depot makes a nice set.
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      05-05-2020, 11:21 AM   #4
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Easy cosmetic changes - side repeaters, gear knob & centre caps

A couple of suggestions:
If your gear knob isn't weighted, try to look for one. shifting feels better.

Also very cheap that I recommend doing is a clutch stop ($0-10), and CDV delete ($0-100 depending on ability to DIY). Together these three things improve the MT feel a fair bit!!

Then look at a SSK for even more improvement. The OEM SSK feels how the car should have come factory IMO.


Also, I got LED side markers from high performance bulbs (forum sponsor, high quality, affordable), and couldn't be happier.

Good luck!
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      05-10-2020, 10:36 AM   #5
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Looking good, i dont suppose you’ve got the links to the items on ebay.

Theres so many on ebay and its always worth getting something that you know fits/works.
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FYI

removing wheel cap can be done with a suction cup
Or maybe remove the wheel and push it out from the back?
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I bought an e93 330d a few months ago and I think it looks great for its age but there were 3 really easy/cheap changes I wanted to make that I just didn't get around to doing until Sat. Just over £30 and under an hr to fit everything and I have to say I am pretty happy!

1) gear knob - was really nasty and worn. swapped with a cheap £9 replacement from eBay. Almost took my head off trying to yank this thing out and the whole gator came off with it too but went back together fine.

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2) side repeaters - were yellow with age and although I prefer an OEM look on most cars I think the black lens suits the black paint on this. These are sequential indicators and cost £13 from eBay.

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Attachment 2297066

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Attachment 2297064

3) centre caps - these were old and bubbling in places and replacements were only £12 on Ebay. All came off pretty easily with a pry tool but I did have to drill out 1 of them didn't want to budge at all.

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Attachment 2297065
Attachment 2297076

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Really happy with these small changes.. now the car just needs a proper wash which I'll get to once this week of rain is through!

Stay safe all.

BPSR
You should get LED side markers. Depot makes a nice set.
New lug bolts. Yours are looking a little rough
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