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.
I went to a import show in pa and I will never forget this 90 325is that parked next to me with such bad valve adjustment that I could hear it over my radio with my windows up and A/C blowing, I swear the engine had no oil in it. But the body was perfect. When I took him for a ride in my car he swore I had a V8 in it. He couldn't believe it was stock. I tried to help him but his rocker arm adjusters were so hammered they mushroomed over and were locked into place. It would have cost him a another head to fix it.
The kid said he couldn't afford to fix it so when it "blows" he'll just get a new car. Then I thought about it. All because of not adjusting his valves, over time his head has to be changed. Heck the whole motor from the amount of metal that when into the bottom end. And this superb looking e30 could go to a salvage auction when he trades it in.
What am I getting at? When taken care of you'll have a car that'll last for a very long time and have an average less than half of a new cars monthly payment in maintenance. Things such as the monthly injector cleaner. Yearly valve adjustments (on cars that need them), maintain parts that are expected to wear out like plugs, cap, rotor. All the little things that gets neglected and adds up over the years and now you have a repair bill that could exceed what most people put out for a new car down payment.
Then in the end you'll have a nicer car than a worn out new car that you still owe money on and have to pay for maintenance on as well. So when it starts to fail from of not paying for required maintenance, what do they do? Trade it in on some other new car and repeat the same ugly cycle and stay in debit forever. (I can hear some fat automotive CEO laughing somewhere...)
Remember. Your car is a lot like your body, if you don't take care of it and maintain it, don't expect it to last or perform when you need it to. If you don't take care of it now, don't bitch about the bill I hand you or your doctor hands you...
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