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|3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.|
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So I've finally racked up about 2k dollars, and I am transferring to a 4 yr in fall. I have decided to buy a car b/c I am tired of taking the bus every day in the cold. I recently drove my friends 2002 tii and I just loved it so much - the handling, the sports car characteristics, the power, it was all very exciting to experience. Now I am personally looking into the high-80s 3 series.
I bring to this issue to the forum because my dad is telling me that BMW's have expensive parts, and I told him but its a pretty old one so it should be cheap. He sort of bought it, but I really wanted to know - how costly is the maintenance/parts for the high-80s 3 srs? In other words, is it a good car for a college student?
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what Whitie fails to mention that the labor to replace that $50 water pump is $300, and while you are in there you might as well do a bunch of other things as well, so when all is said and done a $50 part might run $500 out the door from the shop, possibly more. And that's just the front end of the engine...I swear I wouldn't go that route unless I was very sure. I mean, that's just a water pump. I have dealt with these things for many years and can assure you that if you not prepared for these, excellant as they are, they will eat you up and sour your taste for them needlessly. A tune up is (rotor, cap and plugs (screw wires)) gonna go $75 for parts alone. Timing belt and tensioner not much, maybe $40 for both. Labor $300, same as the water pump but if you don't know that the water pump, timing belt, tensioner, distributer cap and rotor should all be replaced at the same time since you're in there anyway some people might allow 'mechanics' to do the same thing several times. so what might be $700 job one time thing could turn into a $2500 bummer. And that's just the water pump.....be careful is my best advise...
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