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Old 04-26-2005, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I found a 94 325is, automatic, sitting in a garage. It's for sale and it has been sitting there for two years. It's an unheated cold and damp garage. She's missing a front bumper and some moldings. Hasn't been started in 18 months. I've restored a 318is of the same year but she was mechanically A-1.

Would it be very expensive to swap in a Manual Tranny?

What do I need to look for considering the vehicle left abandoned for so long?

And for a selling price of $3000 Canadian dollars, would it be all worth it.

Thank you for your input.

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Old 04-26-2005, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I found a 94 325is, automatic, sitting in a garage. It's for sale and it has been sitting there for two years. It's an unheated cold and damp garage. She's missing a front bumper and some moldings. Hasn't been started in 18 months. I've restored a 318is of the same year but she was mechanically A-1.

Would it be very expensive to swap in a Manual Tranny?

What do I need to look for considering the vehicle left abandoned for so long?

And for a selling price of $3000 Canadian dollars, would it be all worth it.

Thank you for your input.

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what's the mileage?? any pictures??
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Old 04-26-2005, 11:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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going back today with a camera and meeting the owner. only external view so far. some rust and about 120 000 kms or approx. 74400 miles.
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Old 04-26-2005, 12:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Honestly you should know from restoring the 318 that BMWs are expensive to restore. If it has rust too I would just stay away if is near impossible to get every little bit of that. I bought my 325is 1994 with similar miles and it had a few things that I have had to fix/restore. The things I fixed and did were expensive. I would save the money and try and find one already to go or close to it.
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Old 04-26-2005, 01:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If I can get the car for 2K or about $1500 USD then I'll be happy to change a fender or hood.

I do appreciate your input.

I'll post the pics and then we'll see the consensus. I got my 318 for a similar price. After all was said and done the car cost me around $6500 out of pocket.

Still curious about whether it is possible to swap out the automatic for a manual.

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oh god, you just called fixing up a 1994 car a restoration. makes my car sound so old!!! lol
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manual swap would be sweet i think u can find euro spec six speeds on bimmer world
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oh god, you just called fixing up a 1994 car a restoration. makes my car sound so old!!! lol
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What can I say, LOL, where I come from ten year old cars look like they're actually 20, hence the restoration word... for $1500 USD you can imagine what this e36 looks like after 2 years of neglect.
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Still curious about whether it is possible to swap out the automatic for a manual.

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Swap is very possible. I'm not sure what it entails, but someone here on this forum should know. Or a "google" will surely get the info you need.
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Old 04-27-2005, 05:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well I have stock bumpers if you want that are in black :P And yes a swap is very possible because I've completed it. PM me
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thanks... if I need that front bumper I'll PM you. It's been raining three solid days up here so I haven't had a good oppotunity to take pics. I did get a chance to look at the interior, black leather still in good shape. Brakes are seized and the door panels are coming off...
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