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#29922 of 30250 This is starting to get interesting
May 20, 2008 (6:02 pm)
OK, so Saturday after work I make a concious decision to bring my 1990 325i down to the Speed & Sound shop (that I have trusted my 2001 Prelude to for its modifications) for them to rip out the alarm system completely. Every time I walk by the car, the lights are blinking and it is going to KILL the battery. I tell my wife we'll drop it off on our way to dinner. I hop in, turn the key....NOTHING. No fuel pump whir, just the fuel gauge springing to life.
Monday after work. Played with my son, put him to bed at 7:30, had dinner. Oh look, it is still light out. Let me go and jump start the car (trunk mounted battery is VERY convenient). Positive to Positive, Negative to Ground. Fire up the Prelude, rev the engine a bit. Hop in the BMW, a click, a hesitation, then VROOM the 18 year old Inline 6 comes to life. I drove the car around my condo complex for about 20 minutes to let the battery charge. The Temperature gauge started to get uncomfortably close to the right (HOT).
Today after work I go out to take the car over to Audio Visions. I get in, with my wife waiting ever so patiently in her '07 X3 , turn the key, and...NOTHING! OK, no problem. I'll just jump start it really quick, then drive it. Tried to start it again...NOTHING! I let it sit attached to my car for aout 5-10 minutes...Still NOTHING! .
I'm convinced the car is possesed
#29923 of 30250 Lower Control Arm
May 21, 2008 (6:52 am)
I own a 2003 BMW 325i. Took the car to the dealer for the 60,000 miles service. Dealer says that the front Lower Control Arm and bushings are worn out and needs to be replaced. Quoted me $1200. Was thinking of going to an independent mechanic. Any recommendation on a mechanic in Fairfield County Connecticut / Westchester County NY? is $1200 reasonable for this repair?
#29924 of 30250 Re: Lower Control Arm [memphis10]
May 21, 2008 (7:32 am)
The LCAs and bushings will run $700. Labor costs depend on the local area. If you are a BMW CCA member I would check with local chapter members and see who they recommend
#29925 of 30250 what to look out for in a used 323iT?
May 22, 2008 (7:29 pm)
I need to replace my wifes `92 volvo740T wagon. It has 175Kmiles and I'm not going to mess w/ the AC repair (aka money pit) and that is a deal breaker for the little lady.
I found a $10K 2000 323iT auto w/ 65K, premium pkg, all maint. records included, good shape, etc. that seems to fit our needs but it is 500 miles from my home.
What should I watchout for when I go test drive it?
May 22, 2008 (7:41 pm)
I've seen this '05 E46 325xi with 49K & a stick for sale in the paper by one of these mega dealerships....They're asking $10,995 for a BMW still under factory warranty!
#29927 of 30250 Re: what to look out for in a used 323iT? [peterock]
May 22, 2008 (7:42 pm)
What should I watchout for when I go test drive it?
If you don't know BMWs, you should really have the car inspected by a qualified BMW tech. At 65K you are probably looking at a water pump in the near future, but that job is pretty simple. Check to see if all the power windows work. As for the maintenance history, was the DOT4 brake fluid changed evert two years? Coolant every three, using BMW Coolant ONLY? Has the ATF ever been changed? What were the oil change intervals and what oil was used? The E46 3ers are pretty durable overall, and they are common enough that you should only consider well-maintained cars.
#29928 of 30250 So I brought it in
Jun 01, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I did some digging on the NY Chapter's BMWCCA website and found a place to have my '90 E30 325iA checked out & serviced. The place used to be a BMW dealer and was actually where my BMW was originally purchased (I know because they're badge is still on the back of the car).
I had AAA come and jump the car and it fired right up. I'm going to have the indie shop align the car, take care of the electrical problems, and check the car out to make sure it is safe for me to start driving on a regular basis. I'll let you know what they come up with.
#29929 of 30250 abort, abort, abort
Jun 05, 2008 (6:34 pm)
So I'm thinking of aborting project BMW. As I posted above, I drove my 1990 E30 325iA to a very reputable indie mechanic to deal with its alignment, electrical issues, and general well being. Well, I got a call this morning. They told me the power steering pump (leaking) and hoses (cracked & leaking) need to be replaced, the driveshaft is cracked, the radiator is leaking (new radiator plus flush & fill)... and this is before they even tell me what's wrong with the electrical system (alarm?). $2500 + tax. I knew that I was going to have to sink some money into this car, but not this much right away. If it was going to be more of a gradual thing, then it might be easier to swallow.
I was a little bummed at first, but I am proud of myself that I actually went out on a whim and bought this car (not my style at all) in the first place. I'm trying to sell my condo and buy a house, so every last dollar counts. There will be another car one day down the road.
#29930 of 30250 Re: abort, abort, abort [nyccarguy]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 05, 2008 (7:49 pm)
Not a bad call... if the car was a stick, I'd say stick with it.. (ok..sorry about that).. But, given that you'll have to drop a couple of grand to convert it at some point.. just try to get $500-$1000 out of it, and be done with it..
#29931 of 30250 Re: abort, abort, abort [nyccarguy]
Jun 05, 2008 (8:22 pm)
Well that sure sucks. As for the PS pump, every BMW pump of that vintage seems to seep/leak a little bit. The radiator is no big surprise either. The cracked driveshaft has me a bit puzzled, however. I've seen them bent and with shot uniersals, but I've never seen a cracked one. Too bad you don't live close by; we could knock out that entire to-do list in a couple of weekends...