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Old 02-04-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bluechipfish View Post
that would be an extra 2 grand just to get it to Florida. I cant find any local for that.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:14 PM
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I personally never really thought a sedan was a "just for fun car"..
Try a BMW M5 for a drive. It will change your mind (and make your ears hurt when the corners of your mouth slice into them)

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Old 02-04-2019, 05:48 PM
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That will ruin him.
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Old 02-04-2019, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
That will ruin him.
I don't think It would be faster than one of my projects.

1968 Camaro, Hand built by me 383 small block with Canfield heads, 4 speed rock crusher, 12 bolt rear end Back halved, completely new suspension, and really everything else, And it was rusty!

Fastest 1/4 was 10.8 and got kicked off the track for no roll bar,





I am really looking for another play car. Yet modern

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Old 02-04-2019, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
I don't think It would be faster than one of my projects.

1968 Camaro, Hand built by me 383 small block with Canfield heads, 4 speed rock crusher, 12 bolt rear end Back halved, completely new suspension, and really everything else, And it was rusty!

Fastest 1/4 was 10.8 and got kicked off the track for no roll bar,





I am really looking for another play car. Yet modern

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Old 02-05-2019, 03:57 AM
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Everyone has a 10sec car on the Internet
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Old 02-05-2019, 04:39 AM
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I sold my ‘12 550, and was glad to see it go with 60k miles. It was a nice highway car when it wasn’t in the shop. BMW has forgotten what German quality is.

When you have major problems, and you will, don’t expect anything from bmw. They build cars, take your money and do the absolute least they can to support the junk they try to pass of as premium. Do they look nice? Sure. Are they fast? Yep, when they aren’t broken and in the shop. Is the build quality equal to their premium price? No it is not. Will I own another? Not likely.

The car you are looking at will likely cost you more in maintenance in the first year than it will cost to buy. The $600 battery cannot be replaced without reprogramming the computer, or it will over charge and burn out. It will have oil leaks, probably need brakes, need switch replacement because the paint on the faces peeled off. If the wheels are 19”, they probably need to be replaced because they are bent. If you are lucky and they have already been replaced, expect to replace them again soon. Tires will likely last 15k, if you get good quality tires. The electronic shifter will probably fail. You will surely need to replace the injectors at least once, but probably twice, since they don’t last long. This is the short list. If you are unlucky enough to need a windshield because of rock damage, expect it to cost 1k., you don’t get a discount on the second one either.

Please, save yourself the wasted time and expense, and don’t buy a BMW. Buy a quality car, like a Porsche.
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Old 02-05-2019, 04:55 AM
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Dont own one, drove a new one once (nice great ride steering and brakes) but seems there is no excuse for the seemingly endless engine issues cooling, timing chains, body control modules etc etc that you read about.
they would be great if you could buy the body suspension steering stuff with a Toyota / lexus engine ??
Is BMWs Quality control manager blind to the mechanical issues?
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
Dont own one, drove a new one once (nice great ride steering and brakes) but seems there is no excuse for the seemingly endless engine issues cooling, timing chains, body control modules etc etc that you read about.
they would be great if you could buy the body suspension steering stuff with a Toyota / lexus engine ??
Is BMWs Quality control manager blind to the mechanical issues?

Sadly, Toyota teamed up with bmw on the new Supra, it has lots of bmw in it, and it shows. Just look at the interior, and you will think you are sitting in a bmw. I don’t think this will end well for Toyota. One would expect that it will lower their overall quality, and probably cost them a lot of money. I do think you are right that bmw could improve a lot of things by putting Toyota quality parts in their cars.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:03 AM
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I would not buy a car with that engine. They have "customer care packs" just to keep people happy because they were in the shop so much. Timing chain job will cost you close to the price of what you would pay for the car.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
OK asking price is 8900 but I can probably talk him down to 7k Does that make a difference?
A year and a half ago I paid $7K for my 2007 550. That was from a dealer though and included doc, tags, tax and what not.
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Old 02-05-2019, 05:46 AM
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Can you fish out of it? Otherwise 5k a year in maintenance isn't worth it. It will be cool in the beginning, but that will be a loveless marriage real quick. 7k isn't a lot of money but you will lose respect for the vehicle when you're repairing things that really shouldn't break every other month. I finally got rid of mine when I was driving around in a 50k car with my laptop open and computer speakers hooked up to it because the proprietary amp that BMW uses to power all audio in the car had failed. That repair was a little under 2k fyi. I know you're handy with a wrench, but parts like that aren't growing on a tree behind your house. Sounds like you're going to do it anyway so have fun, and figure out the rest later. Sort of like deciding to go to a party in college knowing you're going to miss class the next day but you do it anyway. You only live once.
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:05 AM
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I have owned 5 BMWs over the years. None of them have given me the disastrous maintenance night mirrors I have heard of. I guess if you have to run to the dealer or a mechanic every time something happened it would add up but I just fix it on my own which honestly is not as often as people say it is.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Try a BMW M5 for a drive. It will change your mind (and make your ears hurt when the corners of your mouth slice into them)
I have driven many of the M cars and they are all quite nice highway driving cars. They're just too heavy (4400lbs) and like many of today's cars they contain a little to much tech for my idea of fun. That's why I prefer a little light simple car that you can throw around. You know the feel you got as a kid when you had your first go kart ride. To me that's fun, but as I said to each his own.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I have owned 5 BMWs over the years. None of them have given me the disastrous maintenance night mirrors I have heard of. I guess if you have to run to the dealer or a mechanic every time something happened it would add up but I just fix it on my own which honestly is not as often as people say it is.
The key here is likely "OVER THE YEARS". They aren't what they used to be. Almost Everything is computer driven in current BMW's, and that system isn't dependable or end user friendly. You have heard of the issues, because they happen, and happen frequently. I'm not sure how you repair most of this stuff yourself, without proprietary computer systems, and dealer only parts. If things didn't fail, people wouldn't be "running to the dealership". Are you suggesting that people are making up the frequencies of repair? I can tell you that isn't the case. When you pay big money for a vehicle, you expect quality and dependability. BMW doesn't currently offer either of those. I'm glad your previous experience was good, but for many it isn't.
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What about a used CTS V Sport? May not have the BMW badge, but cheaper to fix and better to drive. Not at luxurious though.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:59 PM
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After everything I am reading here and especially on bimmer forums, I am going to pass on this car, from what I am reading its similar to an early Jag 12 cyclider. I really like the 5 series. Maybe a 535

I had a twin turbo 335 that I loved. Which is better on the turbo six? The twin or single turbo?
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:01 PM
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What about a used CTS V Sport? May not have the BMW badge, but cheaper to fix and better to drive. Not at luxurious though.
It wold replace an 04 Escalade with the 6.0 HO. I am not opposed to Cadillac at all.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
After everything I am reading here and especially on bimmer forums, I am going to pass on this car, from what I am reading its similar to an early Jag 12 cyclider. I really like the 5 series. Maybe a 535

I had a twin turbo 335 that I loved. Which is better on the turbo six? The twin or single turbo?
The single turbo has a reputation for being a bit more reliable and the twin for being a bit more mod-able. Either way, they both suffer from the same poor rubbers and plastics that result in notorious leaks. Another 335 to consider is the 335d. Very mod-able, sounds like a baby Cummins when deleted. Who doesn't like 400 hp, 600ft/lbs and 40mpg with all the customary BMW problems you'd find in the gassers
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Originally Posted by mv rapscallion View Post
The single turbo has a reputation for being a bit more reliable and the twin for being a bit more mod-able. Either way, they both suffer from the same poor rubbers and plastics that result in notorious leaks. Another 335 to consider is the 335d. Very mod-able, sounds like a baby Cummins when deleted. Who doesn't like 400 hp, 600ft/lbs and 40mpg with all the customary BMW problems you'd find in the gassers
I actually looked at a X3 or X5 (I cant remember) with the 35 diesel. I dindt know they were that modifiable! Hmmmmm

I had an early 06 335. The engine was fine, but had two valve covers crack, Oil filter housing gasket leak and the Coolant recovery bottle cracked once. Same issues with my X3 3.0. But I also had to do Vanos seals on it.
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