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Old 11-23-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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winter or part out or sell dillema. HELP ME!

so i recently picked up a 1989 325i vert as a winter car.

im now currently facing a dillema as to do with the vert as i can only reallly choose one option due to unforseen financial problems that have arrisen the past couple of days.

OPTION 1: winter the car. (the less likely option)
i have the car, and dont want to winter drive my other one, so winter it.
in order for me to do that, i would need to fix a few electrical things, and most importantly, obtain a 89 front bumper with turn signals, and replace the front left inner tie rod. Then i can get it safetied and insured. then i'll have to find winter tires for it. now the issue with all this is that i dont really have access to a garage or driveway where i can do the work, and im short on cash. im worried about how much all the parts will cost and labour if someone does the work for me.

OPTION 2: part out the car. (the more likely option)
there's alot of really nice parts on the car, including a few i want to swap over to my beloved 316. my only issue, again with space, is that i have nowhere i can part out the car.
some of the nice parts include:
- elipsoid headlights
- bottlecaps on all-seasons
- side skirts
- hardtop (headliner is sagging but shouldnt be too hard to fix)
- recent 5spd swap with ssk
- M 3spoke steeringwheel and shifter knob&boot


OPTION 3: Sell the car.
Realistically there's not much that needs to be done to the car to safety it, and anyone with space can do the job themselves.


i need to decide ASAP, as im expecting my 316 back any day now.
what do you guys think?
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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a vert in winter... doesn't that kinda defeat the purpose?

Sell the car, there is gunna be a loving owner-to-be out there who is looking for a nice summer ride, to do what this car was designed for. It's an e30, not an e36, please don't kill it!

Edit: Also, christmas ( ) is coming up, you can tell potential buyers its the perfect gift!
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:01 AM   #3
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did you buy John's car???
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:06 AM   #4
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:12 AM   #5
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yeah listen to dissembler, he's right... you got pics and a price you would be looking at ?
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:14 AM   #6
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OPTION 1: winter the car. (the less likely option)
i have the car, and dont want to winter drive my other one, so winter it.
in order for me to do that, i would need to fix a few electrical things, and most importantly, obtain a 89 front bumper with turn signals, and replace the front left inner tie rod. Then i can get it safetied and insured. then i'll have to find winter tires for it. now the issue with all this is that i dont really have access to a garage or driveway where i can do the work, and im short on cash. im worried about how much all the parts will cost and labour if someone does the work for me.
If you dont have the place to do work, a part out is the less likely option for you!!! If you know how to do things (needed to strip a car) you can bring it back to life for less then a few hunred $$$. (winter tires beeing the most expensive, but you will need them in ANY car!)...Let me know if you need place to work on it, i know a "Do it yourself shop" where you can get anything done!
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:15 AM   #7
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I know the car has potential...a metal bumper shouldn't be hard to find and are easy to change, and one tierod shouldn't cost you to much to get done....the electrical on the other hand depending on what it is can get pricey, if you can live with it live with it.

I know how much work you've done to the 316, would hate to see it driven in the winter. But it all comes down to what you can live with or without. is it worth eating peanut butter sandwiches all winter?
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:41 AM   #8
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so i was playing around with the vert today, seeing what i can get working. i fixed most of the electrical. there's a few warning lights that are on, but make no sense (brakelight lwarning ight is on, so is the brake lining light. all those parts are working fine, i checked them myself) all i really need right now is the front bumper (so i can get front turn signals), and that tie rod.
the only thing thats worrying me is the tie rod. never changed one before, and i'll probably need to do an alignment after. money is the other problem :/

either way, i have the vert parked somewhere, so i have a bit of breathing time. This time of year always brings in unexpected cash for me, so i may just have the vert for the winter. i drove it around the block today. its WAY too nice to part out. having my 316 made me realize how nice power options are XD
regardless, i'll NEVER drive the 316 in the winter (go figure that i choose the 325i over a 316 as a beater XD) and the vert drives fine as it is.

we'll see where this goes

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Old 11-25-2009, 05:28 AM   #9
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you are the third person i know who is winter-beating a vert.

Seriously, that's only funny if no one does it. Now everyone's doing it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:12 AM   #10
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The brake lining light is always ****ed. Pulled the bulb on it, the person who did the brakes before probably didn't do the sensor.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:27 AM   #11
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:52 PM   #12
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could i have found a hardtop e30 to winter, i'd much rather drive that. but the vert was a good price so it was hard to pass up.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:44 PM   #13
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Tie rod is pretty easy and will cost you $17 plus shipping if you buy it from bimmerspecialist.com, or you can go to Canadian Tire or Partssource.

I measured both old and new to get a ballpark alignment and was still way off. An alignment will be $90 somewhere. If you are in a real jam you're going to do some wear to a soft winter tire, but buy a set of used winters and invest in wearing out a $40 used winter tire to get you over the hump.

Tie rod can be changed in a parking lot over an hour or two if you don't have space.

Are you sure its only lights and tierod to safety?
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:00 PM   #14
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On the brake light, if the sensor is there cut the wires, splice, tape, no light!!!, works like a charm.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:51 PM   #15
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i might not have all the tools to fix the tie rod (not sure what it involves)

as for the other things, i checked the brakes myself. they're fine.
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