New car, sort of.

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  1. ol' grouch

    ol' grouch Veteran Member

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    I got a car in trade about a week ago. I've fixed a lot of the issues from sitting for 3 or 4 years and it's running pretty good.

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    I probably need to break down and get a Bentley repair manual for it. It's 1997 BMW 328i. 6 banger and 5 speed manual. Outside of some hood damage from being allowed to fly open at speed, twice, it's pretty straight. Now, I would never speed of course but hypothetically, it will run 120 on the interstate with no pulling to the side or rough ride.

    I've had 3 series BMW's and if they would have been this comfortable, I'd probably still have them. the fellow I got it from wasn't prepared for how these cars are to be maintained. Those wiper blades are $65 a set. One set per side. There's a secondary blade for high speed driving if the first blade is pushed flat.
     
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    Mike N Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Congrats on the new ride.

    I repair cars for a living and knowing what kind of upkeep is required on BMW's, Mercedes, etc.... it's safe to say I'll never own one.
     
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    Those are sweet cars! Congrats.
     
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    I don't plan to keep it. I pulled the gnawed portion of fuel line out and I'll slide some hose over it with multiple clamps to keep it from leaking. The alternative is removing the rear axle, exhaust, K frame and putting a new line in. It'll be a good running and reliable car when I send it along. the only German car I'd like to have is an SL or SLK Mercedes with the folding hardtop. I had an SL for years but the top was getting to be too much for me to handle.

    The main reason I got rid of my previous 3 series BMW wasn't the repairs, it was the idiots that would cut me off and play games in traffic. I could almost hear the cops eyeballs click as I drove by. Then they'd lose interest when they saw the grey beard and hair.
     
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    My buddy at work, his cousin works for a Mercedes, Jaguar, Volvo dealer.
    He told him to lease it not buy it because when they have crap go wrong it’s mucho bucks to fix it.
     
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    I had a 2000 540i and you are spot on. There's something about that BMW stereotype.
     
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    That and this are both E39's. I think the engine was bigger on yours but this puppy will still fly. I'm just past the hot rodding stage anymore. My Grand Marquis will fly too.
     

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