So after a long search I found something that I thought was worthwhile. It's my second car, first BMW. Looking forward to learning more about it. I am a bit ignorant about it. Sorry!
It's an '87 325i 4 door. Zinnoberrot. All stock.
It's got a tan leather sport interior, Power windows and sunroof, and is mostly rust free. It's been repainted. It didn't come with records. I got it on the cheap. Just over 200kms. Unknown mileage on clutch, but it works. Timing belt was apparently done around 185,000km. Body is ok; paint job is there, but I'm sure some of you would describe it as a "10 foot car". It's got a new battery, a few new hoses and a nice new stereo. Rollin' on bottle caps. Heated seats work. AC does not.
Problems so far:
-Slight shimmy at speed. Alignment? Wheel balance?
-Slight shimmy under braking. Pads/rotors look pretty good.
-Engine oil light is on.
-ABS light is on.
-Shifter seems to be leaning to the left. When going into reverse gear, you sort of have to push into the left side of the center console.
-Gas tank leaks, apparently. I have owned it for about 10 hours now, so I haven't had it parked anywhere long enough to notice a leak. GF's dad said it smelled like gas.
-Is there not supposed to be a light on when I enter the car? The ones above the B pillars do not function in the center position. There is a black plastic cover near the OBC display. Should this be a light? Seems odd that there's no light in the front of the cabin.
Some of the issues are me being picky. Others, such as the shimmy(s) are more of a problem.
Obviously I will look into these issues myself, but any input? Gas tank and shimmys are getting first priority right now. Does it sound like there's an unreasonably large amount of problems for a cheap non-rusty 325i?
Attached is a pic; it's the only one I have. Sun went down just as I was finishing washing it.