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Old 09-21-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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Request for Advice: Should I fix or should I sell

Hey Folks - it has been a while since I've posted - but i'm looking for some advice

I have a 97 M3 and the head gasket started to leak with 290K on the clock. I'm not sure what repairs will be (I'm guessing b/w 1.5 and 2.5K). I recently did a bunch of work and am hesitant to sell (radiator, shocks, springs, clutch, pulleys etc).

The car has 3 rust spots on the body smaller than a dime.

I was told that if I fix the top end and strengthen it is possible the bottom may go. Is this likely?

What would you do? Sell or fix?

Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:13 PM   #3
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Fix it. But make sure your get a quote for the engine repairs, because you can easily pick up a replacement engine with 100-160km for $2500 + $500 to put in it.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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^^ is it really only 250 to put a motor in ??
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #5
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250-min id say

direct swap :-)

no biggie
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:54 PM   #6
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^^ is it really only 250 to put a motor in ??
Assuming that it's just a direct swap (which it should be) I don't see it taking any more than 4-5 hours for an experienced technician with the proper equipment and tools. 5 hours x $80/hour = $400
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:55 PM   #7
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Well if a used engine is 2500 then I should go that route. Where doI find used engines?
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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my buddy just picked up a motor for his 325 at an auto wreckers here for $1000 with 80k on it, so it shouldn't be that expensive
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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Thx for all the advice.

I'm pretty certian I'm going to sell now. what is a what is a reasonable sale price for a 1997 m3 with 290K that needs the head gasket to be replaced.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:43 PM   #10
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6-7grand... you might have better luck fixing and selling for 8500ish... 290k is a lot for a m3
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:38 PM   #11
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thx for the advice ...
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