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BMW 135i Coupe VS Porsche Cayman . . . Enjoy

20th February 2008

BMW 135i Coupe VS Porsche Cayman . . . Enjoy

 

I’ve found these two videos for a fierce competition between the new BMW 135i and the Porsche Cayman. I have to admit that it was a very strong competition between the two, especially the sliding one. But deep inside, I knew who is going to win this. Anyway, I will leave you to watch it and to find out who’s the winner yourselves.

I just hope you won’t feel disappointed about the result though, but before you start watching, just ask yourself this question: who you honestly believe is going to win this? A little honesty is needed here guys, don’t forget that ;-)

Enjoy :-





 

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19th February 2008

Avus Blue BMW E36 M3 . . . Great Wallpapers!

 

I know that everyone of you likes to put a really nice BMW E36 wallpaper on his desktop, so he can enjoy BMW E36 cars even when he’s not behind the wheel. I also know that many of us BMW E36 enthusiasts like to watch the cool BMW E36 cars to get ideas for his next car modifications.

So, if you’re of type 1 above, type 2 or both, take a look. at this car, it’s really fabulous:-

 

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18th February 2008

Turning Your BMW Lights On Automatically At Night . . . Circuit Diagram

 

This is the second post in the series of how to create a device to turn your BMW lights on automatically when it gets dark. In the first post Turning Your BMW Lights On Automatically At Night, we’ve seen how it is possible to control a light using an electronic circuit that is sensitive to light. In that post, the idea was to create a circuit that will turn your BMW lights on when it gets dark and the videos proved to you that this can be done.

Today, I found the electronic circuit that can be used to create such a controller device. Take a look at this and please excuse the bad quality of the photo, I had to take it with my mobile camera instead of a scanner (it’s from a book):


Now for those of you who do not know anything about electronics, here’s an explanation:

To build this circuit, you will need the following:
1. PnP Transistor.
2. Battery (No, don’t buy one, you already have it under the hood).
3. Relay.
4. Variable Resistor (50 Kilo Ω (Ohms))
5. Light Sensitive Resistor.

Now, to understand how this circuit works, simply imagine the transistor as a switch that can be operated electrically by applying current to its base (the point in the middle), so, when we apply current to the transistor base, it will close the circuit on the other two points. This means that the battery and the relay will be in a closed circuit which makes the relay trigger and then turn the car lights on.

Now, how can we use light to trigger the transistor base? It’s simple. The resistance of the light sensitive resistor changes according to the light intensity. Its resistance becomes almost. zero (0 Ohms) when there’s light and it becomes very high when it’s dark. So, using this circuit, the light sensitive resistor will trigger the transistor base when it’s dark.

I’m sure that you’re asking what is the benefit of the variable resistor, right? It’s used to control how sensitive this circuit is going to be for light. So, if you find that the car lights are being too sensitive, try to adjust this variable resistor and this problem will be fixed.

I hope you liked this second part of the series, please have a magnificent day guys and remember to stay tuned for the next posts on the BMW E36 Blog.

Update: I have reviewed the electronic circuit one more time and it seems that it has a problem, I’ve changed the circuit from the original post and I also changed the needed parts to implement it.

 

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17th February 2008

Turning Your BMW Lights On Automatically At Night

 

I’m almost sure that everyone has seen the new cars that turn their lights on automatically when they go inside a dark tunnel or some other dark places. For me, I’ve seen this too many times and I have to admit that this option is very useful and at the same time very cool to add for our BMW cars. The only problem with this idea (you may call it a wish if you like) as far as I know is that our cars are old and this option was not available at their production time. Taking this into account, I was wondering how hard it would be to implement such an option without crying at the front door of BMW engineers. I’ve a little background about electronics and I believe this is definitely something that can be done, not by me maybe, but I’m sure it can be done.

To prove this, I’ve made some digging for information about light sensors and after overwhelming results about motion detectors and such stuff, I managed to find three sample videos that can prove this is possible and I believe. it’s even easy (well, let’s not get carried away, let’s say "not hard" :D).

Take a look at the following videos:

 

The way I see it, this electronic circuit should:

1. Work at 12-Volts: It should rely on the car’s battery to run
2. It can be overridden: I think A tri-switch would be sufficient for this, hmmm . . . where can I get such a switch?

3. It should have some delay in response: This is important to avoid light flickering.

I hope you like this idea. Now I will need to try and find some specific details on how to implement it, so please stay tuned. I will keep you posted.

 

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15th February 2008

BMW E36 Carsoft Diagnosis Tool

 

I’ve been looking for a diagnosis tool for BMW E36 cars and while doing so, I’ve heard a lot about different diagnosis tools and about how weak and inefficient they are at spotting problems. and running diagnosis correctly on BMW cars (BMW E36 cars in particular). Such tools usually give you wrong diagnosis which will end up with you paying too much money to change parts that do not need changing at all. Today, I found this Carsoft diagnosis tool (now called "BMW Ultimate Pro 1.0") and it seems to be a very good and reliable tool.

I know that you may be relying on your OBC Check button to do some simple diagnosis for your car, but if you’re looking for a very deep and detailed diagnosis tool. I think the Carsoft diagnosis tool is the TOOL for you. It can run diagnosis for different modules of your BMW E36 like Digital Petrol Engine Control Unit (DME diagnosis),  Digital Diesel Engine Control Unit (DDE diagnosis), Automatic Gear Box Control Unit (EGS diagnosis), ABS/ASC (Brake & Traction diagnosis), AIRBAG diagnosis, HKL (Air Conditioning diagnosis), BC/MID (On Board Computer/Multi Information Display diagnosis), IC (Instrument Cluster diagnosis), LCM/CCM (All Light & Check Control Modules diagnosis), LOD (This is a really long list of diagnosis :lol: ), ZKE/ZVM (Central Body Electronics diagnosis), EWS (Immobilize System diagnosis), CVM (Cabrio Soft Top diagnosis) plus other diagnosis for newer model of BMW cars. If you want to read a full-review of this tool, go here.

Here’s some sample screenshots of the tool in action:


And these are some diagnosis results:


And here’s some photos of the Carsoft Diagnosis tool package:

 

I’ve tried to find out how to order the Carsoft diagnosis tool and I ended up on this website, but they are requesting you to fly to Belgium to get your tool :lol: LOOOL!. I’m sure these guys are just kidding.  Anyway the price of the tool is $120 (shipping included), but I will have to find out how I can order it. So, stay tuned, I hope I will be back soon to you with more information about how to order this tool online.

 

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