I'm pretty new in the bmw world, my friend had one and we swapped the blown motor but that's about it, definitely not new to cars.
I am going to look at 1 1996 BMW 4 door 328i manual with black leather interior.. almost exactly what i've been looking for. I was just curious as what i should look for... here's a description i got:
-Changed the oil(castrol gtx)
-Changed the oil filter(wix)
-Changed the spark plugs(bosch+2)
-New drilled/slotted rotors, ceramic brake pads and new sensors
-Painted brake calipers black(caliper paint)for a clean non-rusty look
-New cool blue headlight bulbs(both dims and brights)
-New fuel filter
-New K&N drop in panel filter(also debaffled the airbox for increased air flow)At the same time I cleaned the throttle body and mass airflow sensor
The car currently has 17in M3 motorsports rims on it and they have minimal curb rash(one has gash, but not too bad). Included in the purchase are the factory alloys with winter tires which have enough tread on them for another winter.
The interior is black leather, and there are no tears and the seats look great for an 11 year old car. There is one piece of broken floor sill trim (right rear passanger). It could use new mats, but the carpet is in great shape.
The exterior is alpine white. There are 4 minor rust spots that should be taken care of before the winter salt turns it from minor rust to major(I hate salt)
There is a small ding in the rear passanger door. The fog lights work, but the passanger side lens is craked. The wiper cowl(plastic piece that covers the wiper motor)is brittle and should be replaced. This is the way I purchased the car. There is no way I would have allowed all this to take place.
I am an enthusiast not a racer and have not raced the car.
There are a few things it needs:
-The rust taken care of
-Check engine light on due to O2 sensor(don't know wich one)
-Brake pad dash light on even though I changed the rotors and pads(so, it probably needs to be reset, by a mechanic or if you have a reset tool)
-The car shifts great, but seems like it needs new stick shift bushings for a tighter feel.
-Emergency brake cable adjustment(doesn't brake)
-A/C doesn't work and I haven't investigated why(hopefully just needs a recharge)
-The 6-disc changer in the trunk is missing the cd cartridge.
-It just started making a rattling in the back(like it's a shock or shock mount)
The car is solid it just has some BMW quirks. The computer sometimes says I have a brake light out even though I replaced all the bulbs. So I clean the sockets and then it's fine for a while.
I wish I could keep the car and do with it what I want, but I have some things to take care of right now. I hope to obtain an E36 M3 in the future.
Sorry to make my first post so long but thank you for all the help i can get.. I'm guessing the e-brake cable is snapped and not sure what "stick shift bushing" he is talking about, sounds like it might be something inside of the tranny..
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