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Old 01-04-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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More Parts Cars Than Good Cars... RANT!



This is getting unbelievably sick! I'm trying to find an e36 or iX for winter and the only thing I'm running into is parts cars. Everyone has a damn car they're parting out, and nothing whole. It even states in some of the ads that they will not sell the complete car. I don't even see that many Sunfires or Cavaliars as parts cars as I do BMWs. I guess everyone is just trying to make a quick buck while wrecking a beautiful car. Yes I do see the odd smashed up one which I can understand why it's going for parts, but others are perfectly fine.

Is this pissing anyone else off???

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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It is kinda ridiculous. But from my perspective, I already own my e36 so the partouts are welcome for new or different parts from what I have. I can understand how you feel though. A friend of mine is looking for a half decent e36 and is having a hell of a time. lol
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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ya .. and when they do go on sale (lets say by a car enthusiast that you know kept care of it) they low ball him saying its above market price. When we all know the market is full of shit.
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:45 PM   #4
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LOL.....
Sounds a little like my rant back in the fall.
I found mine in early Dec. and paid good money for it. but the amount of crap out there was huge with big asking dollars.

Everyone told me to just be patient and it will show up which one did.

If I come across anything I will post it for ya...
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:12 PM   #5
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Wait till spring. Winter is the wrong season to buy. Winter is for people selling projects. Spring is when people start looking for new cars and sell of the old.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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Also, where are you looking? You may have to widen your search.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:06 AM   #7
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I don't think I could ever have the heart to part out a good/fixable car lol.

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Also, where are you looking? You may have to widen your search.
I was thinking of a 6cyl e36 or e30 iX. Either car has to be a manual. I would rather have an iX though, considering that I'll be driving it in the winter and I'm a little skeptical how an e36 is in the snow. I'd like to keep it under $1500 too... I know I probably sound cheap lol.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:23 AM   #8
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I don't think I could ever have the heart to part out a good/fixable car lol.



I was thinking of a 6cyl e36 or e30 iX. Either car has to be a manual. I would rather have an iX though, considering that I'll be driving it in the winter and I'm a little skeptical how an e36 is in the snow. I'd like to keep it under $1500 too... I know I probably sound cheap lol.


Ok here it is, may come across harsh on this one, but, $1500 is going to get you a whole lot of crap. A decent, not even good e36 is going to run you $3000 to $5000, and that's scrapping the bottom of price range. The IX E30, even if you found for $1500 is going to run you thousands in rare parts and subject everyone to a rant on how over priced the parts are and how hard they are to find.

You can't expect to spend a weeks pay and get a gem, or anything that's not going to cost you 3 times what u spent on it in the next year. You for the most part need to seriously rethink your budget or what vehicle you should be driving as a winter car, cause current thinking is more like dreaming.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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Ok here it is, may come across harsh on this one, but, $1500 is going to get you a whole lot of crap. A decent, not even good e36 is going to run you $3000 to $5000, and that's scrapping the bottom of price range. The IX E30, even if you found for $1500 is going to run you thousands in rare parts and subject everyone to a rant on how over priced the parts are and how hard they are to find.

You can't expect to spend a weeks pay and get a gem, or anything that's not going to cost you 3 times what u spent on it in the next year. You for the most part need to seriously rethink your budget or what vehicle you should be driving as a winter car, cause current thinking is more like dreaming.
i know someone that picked up a mint 94 320 no rust m3 bodykit lowered for 1500. and alltho that e36 i sold you was a bit rusty that car was ridiculously cheap! people just have to look in the right places for deals!
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i know someone that picked up a mint 94 320 no rust m3 bodykit lowered for 1500. and alltho that e36 i sold you was a bit rusty that car was ridiculously cheap! people just have to look in the right places for deals!
The one I bought from you for $700 cash, plus gave u rims I could have gotten at least $500 for cost me an additional $400 in parts, not including the labour I did myself, which was change the 2 front calipers pads and rotors, fix the parking brake pad screw which had rotted out at the backing plate and weld a 2 foot patch on the passanger rocker, and replace both fenders(one came with car) and I welded new metal on the bottom section of the other. Because I was able to do this work yes I got a winter beater on the road for less then $1500, but most people aren't able to do work like that thenselves, if I paid labour that car would have easily cost $2500 to $3000 for a 318i.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:32 PM   #11
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I don't think I could ever have the heart to part out a good/fixable car lol.



I was thinking of a 6cyl e36 or e30 iX. Either car has to be a manual. I would rather have an iX though, considering that I'll be driving it in the winter and I'm a little skeptical how an e36 is in the snow. I'd like to keep it under $1500 too... I know I probably sound cheap lol.
you are being completely unrealistic. No one is going to sell you a cert IX or equivalent with a budget of 1500.00. Be prepared,. that if you find one for that amount double it in repairs -easily. If you don't have the extra, and you find it too costly??? by a honda. And yes, people who have these and have the facility to do so will part them out because they know selling it whole is more difficult then parting it out and most likely make more money from it.
If you want to find yourself a nice specimen, do you diligent homework and be prepared to spend some money outside of your budget or just buy one that is more money and in better shape. I saw an IX recently on kijijji selling for 2000.00 the fenders and doors were rough.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:17 PM   #12
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^^ this is very true
Bimmer on a budget is NEVER a good idea. Even if you find one for that price it is going to cause you so many head aches and cost you so much more money in the end.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:44 PM   #13
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^^ this is very true
Bimmer on a budget is NEVER a good idea. Even if you find one for that price it is going to cause you so many head aches and cost you so much more money in the end.
Not necessarily. Some people just don't know what they're selling / the prices really have gone down. I think you could find a decent one for $1500 (at least negotiated down to this). Keep looking!
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:16 PM   #14
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It might be possible to find one for $1500 but you would have to watch Kijiji on an hourly basis. Be prepared to jump on one when it comes up.

I doubt you will find one cert and etested thou.
I looked at probably 10-15 E36's back in Nov. and Dec before I found mine off of Kijiji. 96' 328is with 129km. the owner was asking $5500 cert. and etested and I basically bought it on the spot and never lowballed him.
The car still cost him 2 grand to get cert. but I got a great car with full records back to BMW's warranty.

This guy guaged his price by what he saw on the net not realizing the amount of junk that was out there.

So, it is true that you could find one from a seller that doesn't know the BMW scene or forums and the following that think of it as just a car.

By the way, they are really just a car.

BUT A REALLY, REALLY NICE CAR. lol......
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:07 PM   #15
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Now you know why there are more E36 parts car for they can get more than the $1500
that you budget for....
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