This great little kit fits nicely in my e30’s glovebox and has all the emergency essentials needed if my full kit of tools, fluids and spare parts has been left at home. Some guys like to live on the edge and drive around with nothing but the factory toolkit but that’s not my style. Introducing my glovebox toolkit:

BMW e30: Glovebox Toolkit

Glovebox Toolkit:


  1. Storage Box
  2. Fuses x2 (All Common Guages)
  3. Interior and Signal Bulbs x2
  4. Main Relay Set, Aux Relays
  5. Screwdriver and Extended Bits
  6. Fuse Tester / Puller
  7. Non-Contact Spark Tester
  8. Automatic Center Punch (Emergency Window Breaker)
  9. Pen Light

If you’re building your own kit from scratch this won’t be cheap to assemble so you’re best to fill it with things you’ve already got rather than buy new. If you go to the auto dismantler you can probably pick up bulbs and relays for cheap or free. Just remember to test used stuff before adding anything to the box.

January 26, 2013 tools

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I always like to hear what people carry around in their trunks. Here’s mine:

  • spare distributor cap & rotor
  • spare spark plugs
  • spare fan belt
  • spare water pump belt
  • spare fuses
  • spare rear signal bulbs
  • spare relays (main, etc.)
  • brake fluid (unopened)
  • 15w40 oil
  • 2L BMW coolant / distilled water
  • compressed air canister
  • tire pressure guage
  • wheel blocks
  • wheel cleaner spray
  • wheel brush
  • car wash squegee
  • shop cloths
  • microfibre cloths
  • vinylex vinyl and plastic spray
  • oil funnel
  • coolant funnel
  • bentley manual
  • bungee cords
  • work light
  • LED head light
  • ABC fire extinguisher

All that fits in a single plastic tote with room to spare. I also carry a set of basic tools (screwdrivers, wrenches and sockets, voltmeter, etc.) and a gas can. With a list that long you might think the car breaks down all the time but to be fair I’ve never been stranded (though sometimes I’ve chosen not to drive the car because of a drivability issue). I’ve made a lot of little adjustments on the road but never had to make a major repair.

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For comparision, here’s what the Bentley manual recommends every e30 owner carry:

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November 21, 2012 photos