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Old 08-26-2009, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Ok, here's a funny one. A customer of mine has a 1989 325 4 door automatic. The body has some rust, around the wheel wells, on the sunroof, etc. It hasn't been driven in years, so here's the funny part-the engine has about 60, 000 km on it. That's not a typo, if it were newer it would still be under warranty lol!

Now I'm thinking that years of this thing just sitting there (it currently isn't running, although the battery is probably long gone, so I can't tell for sure), means that this car might just fall apart. What do you guys think?

He is thinking of selling, I told him I get some estimates on the price he should look for, any ideas?

I know that everyone will want to see pics, but for starters I'm looking for opinions like "if it has that few km's I wouldn't touch it, it sounds rotten" or "that engine is almost new, I'd buy it for $5000".

Thanks for you advice as always!

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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If it hasn't been driven or "started" in years you may in for some surprises!!!
Regardless of mileage, rubber deteriorates so most likely you'll need to replace bushings, crossmember mounts just for starters. check coolant condition, oil levels, check the timing belt for deterioration. if she starts and when the belt could easily break which means you'd be in for a head job. Low mileage and sitting forever doesn't mean a great buy. Before even starting it. Make sure you can crank the engine over by hand first. Put a socket on the crank pulley and turn it over WITHOUT the ignition on.

I think I've had 18 bmw's in 6 years.

1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.
latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
KEEPER 88 5sp Vert 2016
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