Should I Buy This E30?
I just got back from the test drive and realized I know very little about BMWs. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture, but here's what it is:
1984 325e, AT
(She got it from her Grandma)
Beige Paint w/Bro. Leather
$550 obo (I could get her to $400 easy, but read on...)
-I wish it had a 5-speed.
-Rough idle when not moving. (Park/Drive/Neutral)
-Lots of oil smoke from tailpipe at startup when cold.
-Smokes a little at tailpipe when driving/idling.
-She says it has a vacuum leak...but who knows.
-There's a hose w/bolt shoved in it above the intake manifold?
-Strange "clank" from rear pass. side suspension over pot-holes.
-Broken left corner/tail-light
-Turn signals don't blink, stay solid, maybe from the tail-light.
-Small dent/scrape rear left quarter panel and another on corner of roof.
-Random int. parts missing/broken like the E-Brake button, pass. door handle, roof courtesy light...
-Hippie flower drawing all over the center console.
What I like:
-Original wheels with newer rubber.
-Unmodified, grandma owned.
-I saw a new fan, new air filter and she says new spark plugs and regular maint.
-Sunroof works, power windows and mirrors work.
-CD player (I don't have to install one)
-Front fog lights
-Interior leather looks like new from what I could see.
-She says it gets 30mpg hwy, smogged last year (before the smoke), and she has the pink slip.
I'm taking it to the local auto shop tomorrow for a compression test and complete check-through. In the meantime, what do you think?