F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > General F30 Sedan / F32 Coupe / F36 Gran Coupe Forum > when do you stop?
Steve Thomas BMW
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-12-2014, 07:28 AM   #1
focal
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 328i 6MT Sportline
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada

Posts: 452
iTrader: (0)

when do you stop?

BIMMERPOST
     Featured on BIMMERPOST.com
you buy a new car (F3x) and you have grandiose plans. you reach those goals modifying. there is obviously more money and more mods to make it look better, driver faster, handle better, sound louder/better and feel better, but do you stick to your plans or let this forum push you to invest even more?

I'm getting to the goal line of my original plans. The MPE was an unexpected add on and I'm still not 100% sold on it. Noise is counter to what I want the car to be (a luxury sedan with exceptional handling) but it does sound good during the fun times on the weekend. I still wonder if it is proper to drive into a client's site and roar in through the garage?

so how do you know when to stop? and when you do stop, how do you continue to be an enthusiast?

There are local forums and groups. They meet regularly for a strong "real" social network. It is still a stronger E9x group more than F3x group so the mod mentality and mindsets are different. As F3x cars come off lease, I'm sure that this contingent will grow larger.

do you mod until the day you sell? or do you just enjoy what you've done for years ahead?

Last edited by focal; 05-12-2014 at 09:30 AM.
focal is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 07:45 AM   #2
M-SP0RT
First Lieutenant
 
M-SP0RT's Avatar
 
Drives: 335i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA

Posts: 379
iTrader: (0)

I'm in a similar position, I did the mods I had in mind at the time I bought my F30.. I'm satisfied with my car as is 90% of the time, which logically means I shouldn't be doing new mods anytime soon. Once that drops to 70% I think I would have to do something.

I plan to keep the car for 4 years so if a couple of additional mods keep the idea of buying a new M3 away, I succeed
__________________

'14 335i Alpine White on Coral Red | H&R Sport Springs | H&R Spacers | M Perf Grills | Painted M Perf Spoiler | Painted Reflectors | 3M ColorStable 35% Tint
M-SP0RT is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #3
BEAR-AvHistory
2014 435M-Sport/MPPK
 
BEAR-AvHistory's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 435M-Sport MPPK
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NC - USA

Posts: 2,150
iTrader: (0)

Set a realistic plan to start with then stop when you get there. Did that with both the 335is & 135is.

Will add the M-Sport diffuser & black chrome exhaust tips (both sitting in my garage) to the 435M-Sport MPPK & leave if like that till its eventually sold.
__________________
Kevin

2014 435M-Sport - 2013 135is Cab 6MT - 2009 V-Star - 2009 Ford Expedition EL 4X4 - 2003 Xterra 4X4 - 1998 Ranger 4X4 - FFR Cobra MK-IV work in progress
BEAR-AvHistory is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 10:33 AM   #4
Steven1077
Captain
 
Steven1077's Avatar
 
Drives: F32 435i M Sport
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: London England

Posts: 710
iTrader: (0)

I don't mod it at all, I like the way it is stock, wouldn't mind having ppk fitted but that's about it
Steven1077 is offline   England
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 11:12 AM   #5
roxxor
Private First Class
 
roxxor's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 328i M-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Florida

Posts: 114
iTrader: (3)

The problem I have found is that I had a general idea/list of what I wanted to do when I got the car, but the more I read through the forums, the more I find myself saying "Oh, that looks/sounds neat, I want to do something like that", and the list grows

Hopefully I will be done with everything I want to do by around winter time(my 1 year F30 anniversary), and after that I can fight the urge and hold off on doing anything else.
roxxor is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 11:15 AM   #6
S4NoMore
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 12 328i 6MT, 91 318i
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Philly/NEPA

Posts: 236
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2012 BMW 328i  [0.00]
1991 BMW 318i  [4.00]
My 2 cents: I've been around the block with modifying, and I decided to not really change my new BMW drastically. Sport line is enough for me. In the past I've felt that there is always some sacrifice, whether obvious (noise, discomfort) or underlying (reliability, fragility). I am keeping my E30 to scratch the itch of tweaking and turning a wrench.

With the F30, I can see your point of wondering if the enthusiast edge is lost when you don't change the car, so I suppose I just keep the subtle things in mind - light tint, painting calipers, tinting reflectors, etc. Above all, I keep the car clean in the literal sense.

There's no shame in reaching the end of your comfort level with modding, and while you might get used to the look and feel it will still be subtley (or drastically) different from other cars on the road to the average motorist out there. Modifying is a slippery slope, no need to go overboard especially on a car that is so good out of the box.
S4NoMore is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 11:47 AM   #7
BTT 335i
Lieutenant
 
BTT 335i's Avatar
 
Drives: X5 M Sport-F30 M Sport
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NY

Posts: 480
iTrader: (3)

When you sell the car.
BTT 335i is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 12:02 PM   #8
Sedan_Clan
California Highway Patrolling
 
Sedan_Clan's Avatar
 
Drives: '14 335i(prev.IB,AW M3's & X5)
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: On 2 wheels clipping an apex!

Posts: 11,191
iTrader: (25)

You mod as long as you have money. As long as you have money, you'll always find something to do to your car.
Sedan_Clan is offline   Brazil
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 12:18 PM   #9
Dan_335i
Captain
 
Drives: 2014 335i EBII MSport
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: toronto

Posts: 846
iTrader: (0)

This is my plan
Oem cf spoiler
Oem cf mirrora
Oem kidney grills or cf grills
Cf front lip
Meisterchaft gts

Rear diffuser oem or cf does not matter currently
Dan_335i is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 01:26 PM   #10
rjpeaks
First Lieutenant
 
rjpeaks's Avatar
 
Drives: F30 335i M-Sport 6pd
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Huntington Beach

Posts: 382
iTrader: (0)

last two cars haven't been heavily modded as i try to get cars that are already pretty capable.

also i don't keep cars beyond say 50-60K miles - so thats another indication as well.

and thats just me
__________________
335I M-Sport 6spd EBII MPPK MPE DHP HK PDC ZTP ZPS ZPP ZDA ZPK 802.11ac ABC123
rjpeaks is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 01:32 PM   #11
zambarossa
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2013 335i xDrive M-Sport 6MT
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ottawa, ON

Posts: 48
iTrader: (0)

Not much patience for modding other than some basic stuff (wheels, grill, spoilers, etc). I find myself having less and less patience with every new car, no plans to even do wheels on this one (winter set is enough).
Whoever said mod as long as you have money, I envy them, not for the money part, but for having the time and patience to put that into the car. Washing the car is too time consuming for my liking, would love to have someone hand wash it for me if possible lol.
zambarossa is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 06:13 PM   #12
chrisny
Colonel
 
Drives: Msport '13 335xi & '14 X5 35i
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: NY

Posts: 2,254
iTrader: (0)

Me, I bought the car, and I drive the car. Oh, and I wash it when it gets dirty
chrisny is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-12-2014, 06:49 PM   #13
Presario
Captain
 
Presario's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 335i M Sport
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SoCal

Posts: 876
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sedan_Clan View Post
You mod as long as you have money. As long as you have money, you'll always find something to do to your car.
Right up there with Confucius, haha. Sooo true.
Presario is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-13-2014, 11:48 PM   #14
nyc2sd30
BMW Addict
 
nyc2sd30's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 435i M Sport
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: San Diego CA

Posts: 275
iTrader: (0)

Just do what makes you happy and fits your taste plus budget. Reading these forums and going to meets intensifies the mod bug badly.

My 2 cents on the MPE, in comfort mode you're not going to rattle anyone's nerves driving through a parking lot. Just a little deeper tone than stock. Throw is it sport or + you'll get the pop growl and gurgle.
__________________
2010 335i MSport / 2011 535i / 2014 435i M Sport
nyc2sd30 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-14-2014, 12:08 AM   #15
JNLBC
Major
 
JNLBC's Avatar
 
Drives: AW M-Sport F30 335i
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Long Beach CA

Posts: 1,021
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Presario View Post
Right up there with Confucius, haha. Sooo true.
Exactly. Disposable income that is.
__________________
JNLBC is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-14-2014, 12:27 AM   #16
newoldbeemer
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2013 F30 328i
Join Date: May 2013
Location: San Jose

Posts: 594
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BEAR-AvHistory View Post
Set a realistic plan..
Thats the difficult part
newoldbeemer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-14-2014, 01:56 AM   #17
f31mtl
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2014 F31d
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Montreal

Posts: 124
iTrader: (0)

I would argue setting a realistic budget is harder!
__________________
2014 F31 328d Msport
f31mtl is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-15-2014, 06:16 AM   #18
focal
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 328i 6MT Sportline
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada

Posts: 452
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by nyc2sd30 View Post
Just do what makes you happy and fits your taste plus budget. Reading these forums and going to meets intensifies the mod bug badly.

My 2 cents on the MPE, in comfort mode you're not going to rattle anyone's nerves driving through a parking lot. Just a little deeper tone than stock. Throw is it sport or + you'll get the pop growl and gurgle.

I'll have to drive in comfort then for clients. I've been 90% sport for the steering weight and throttle response.

as I wrote in another thread, I recently parked next to a stock 328i RWD sport line

Got to see the culmination of the mods I did and what a difference as a package
- ride height
- wider and squarer tires
- grille
- exhaust

this made my day and all the careful planning (budgetting) to buy a modest optioned car in the hopes of doing the above (+ stereo) for similar or less money than a fully optioned 328i or modest 335i. I know buying a more expensive optioned car would still tempt me to mod because the stock car wasn't right out of the box.

I was good this car, sticking to my "no body kit" (except grille), "no bbk", "no larger wheels" (just better tires) and "no tune" (reason for 328i instead of 320i).
focal is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2014, 03:56 AM   #19
JJS
Private First Class
 
Drives: BMW F31 335i 6MT M-Sport
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Wellington, NZ

Posts: 141
iTrader: (0)

Don't start.

I spec my BMW exactly as I want it, so I don't have to mod.
__________________
EBII 335i Touring M-Sport (Munich built July 2013)
| 6 Speed Manual | 2VF Adaptive M Suspension | 2VL Variable Sports Steering | 403M wheels | M-Sport brakes | 688 Harman Kardon | 494 Heated Seats | 610 HUD | 322 Comfort Access | 5AC High-Beam Assist | 609 Navigation Professional |
JJS is offline   New Zealand
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2014, 06:07 AM   #20
focal
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 328i 6MT Sportline
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada

Posts: 452
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by JJS View Post
Don't start.

I spec my BMW exactly as I want it, so I don't have to mod.

EBII 335i Touring M-Sport (Munich built July 2013)
| 6 Speed Manual
I can only dream and wish we could have had the F31 in 6MT. Definitely no aftermarket mod for this here in N.A.
focal is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2014, 07:49 AM   #21
drob23
Lieutenant Colonel
 
drob23's Avatar
 
Drives: S4
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Michigan

Posts: 1,604
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by focal View Post
you buy a new car (F3x) and you have grandiose plans. you reach those goals modifying. there is obviously more money and more mods to make it look better, driver faster, handle better, sound louder/better and feel better, but do you stick to your plans or let this forum push you to invest even more?

I'm getting to the goal line of my original plans. The MPE was an unexpected add on and I'm still not 100% sold on it. Noise is counter to what I want the car to be (a luxury sedan with exceptional handling) but it does sound good during the fun times on the weekend. I still wonder if it is proper to drive into a client's site and roar in through the garage?

so how do you know when to stop? and when you do stop, how do you continue to be an enthusiast?

There are local forums and groups. They meet regularly for a strong "real" social network. It is still a stronger E9x group more than F3x group so the mod mentality and mindsets are different. As F3x cars come off lease, I'm sure that this contingent will grow larger.

do you mod until the day you sell? or do you just enjoy what you've done for years ahead?
I think it depends on what you want to do with the car. One direction that will shoot you down a pretty unending path is tracking the car. Once you place your luxury sedan on a race track you will quickly learn there are all kinds of weaknesses. Dealing with the ones that are actually possible to address and having time to get back on the track to try your solution will be a loooooong process.
drob23 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-16-2014, 08:01 AM   #22
CK335iMSport
First Lieutenant
 
CK335iMSport's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 335i M Sport
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Austin, TX.

Posts: 338
iTrader: (0)

I agree, it's a personal choice. For me, I thoroughly enjoy modding my car, it gives me great satisfaction to see the car change over time, and keeps it interesting/exciting. Like others, I too ordered my car with some nice specs, but over time, I see/hear things that interest me and give ideas for change. As I sit here writing this, I'm trying to decide what I'll do next .

It's all part of the fun in having the car, IMHO...
__________________
2014 335i M Sport - Mineral Grey/Coral Red, Nav., Premium, HK, MPE, 8AT. Mods: 20" Velgen VMB5 Gloss Black Wheels on Hankook's, Bilstein B8 Struts/H&R Sport Spring combo, AFE Magnum FORCE Stage 2 Intake, M-Performance black kidney grilles, IND Distribution color-matched reflector inserts and key hole cover.
CK335iMSport is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:56 AM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST