I'm rushedly consulting every other knowledge source I have (other Bimmer owners and general car know-it-alls), but I'd appreciate some help from you guys; I'll /try/ to keep it short and simple this time.
As you might have known from a couple of my initial posts
here, I'm in the market for a used 3-series ('95-97 325/8is). This time around, it's a '96 328is w/ 105k miles on it. Just got the inspection faxed over (long-distance purchase) and, while the mechanic notes that things found were minor, issues were
found. Here's the report, as best as could be read from the fax by my mom (don't have a fax machine that can receive at home):
- Power steering fluid leak
- Transmission cooler lines leaking
- Some damage to O2 sensor
- Some oil leaks at rear of engine
- 40% front brakes
- 50% rear brakes
- Hood - drivers _____ (door?) and front end have been repaired
(this last line is the only one that had trouble being read)
From the forums, the power-steering leak would appear to be that mentioned in the FAQ's with an easy repair offered up by Furious (is the repair cheap, though? how much does the clamp cost?).
Transmission cooler lines? Dunno about that, and by default I'm not very happy about it. Oil leaks at rear of the engine? Now that's really
scaring me as it makes me think of actual issues with the engine.
02 sensor damage? I do believe I recall reading about that with regards to rough idling? Is it an easy and/or cheap fix?
Brakes... I suppose the numbers refer to percentage wear on the brake pads/discs? Are these numbers low? high? time for replacement?
Finally, the mysterious last line... Unless there is somethign called a hood-driver I don't know about, he was probably stating that the hood, drivers-side door and front end of the car appear to have undergone repair work? The car hasn't been in any accidents as far as I know, but after I speak to the mechanic and clear this up I should kno whether or not to doubt that.
So, regarding everything above, what I really want to know is not just how expensive or serious it is, but whether it IMPLIES more serious issues to think about and what those issues might be. Are they issues that could be factored into the buying price or more the type that would have me not wanting the car for fear of further issues? Also are they to be expected when shopping in this range? I like the car in every other way, but am totally prepared to drop it like a bag of sh** if it will cause me too many worries. Thanks for any and all help and I appreciate it already that you took the time to read this. I'm just trying to get the knowledge and questions flowing before I speak to the mechanic.
P.S.: The owner urges me to speak the mechanic (and believe me, I will) as he says that while the flaws "may sound a bit ominous," they're minor and experienced by any car at 100k mi.