Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Connecticut, USA
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A bit over a month ago I bought my first car, a 1987 BMW 325, and got what seemed to be a good price for a car that checked out ok, although had high miles (210,4xx, now up to 211,6xx).
It was great for a while... however, on memorial day, it started breaking down. The first time, we had it towed to the garage we bought it at, they did some work on the muffler, and I got it back again only to have it break down a couple days later (in my school parking lot, no less). Back to the garage, they put dry gas in it and it was fine for another few days. Then, I was out doing errands for my parents and as I'm coming home it breaks down. Back to the garage. They find a corroded fuel pump relay and it gets replaced. As we're driving it back home, it breaks down yet again. Back at the garage again, they see that the sockets for all of the relays need to be replaced as they're not holding the relays in very well. Watch it break down again after that's fixed.
So far, it's still at the shop, but honestly I'm a bit afraid to drive it again. I like the car a lot- it handles well, it's got plenty of power, although it has its issues (no radio, no AC, a bit of rust). I'd like to keep it... but I really can't have a car that's not going to be reliable. I can't be breaking down in the middle of a long trip.
A friend is trying to sell her 1991 318i, 150k miles- in very nice overall condition, and I don't know whether to try and sell my 325 and somehow come up with the money to buy the 318i.... or whether mine will be fairly reliable once this problem is fixed. I test-drove the 318i, and honestly while it's not bad... I find the 4 cyl. engine a bit underpowered compared to my 325.
Any advice on what to do? Any ideas would be appreciated. I've never owned a car before, don't know too much about them, and have only been driving for a few months. I figured a BMW would be a good car to start out with, since most people I know have had very good luck with them. Maybe I just have bad karma...