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| Originally posted by thekid@Jun 30 2005, 04:24 PM |
You can do it yourself. Have you done any suspension work before? The rear BMW suspension is easy enough a blind 5 year old with the correct size ratchet or air wrench tip could take it apart. There's a write up around here some where. I'll take a peak and see if I can find it if no one else does by them time I finish studying for a test tommorow.
| Originally posted by kestrel325is@Jun 30 2005, 05:47 PM |
Hope this helps.
| Originally posted by kestrel325is@Jun 30 2005, 06:42 PM |
No prob. If you do wind up buying it, here's another useful link:
bookmark it, you'll use it often.
| Originally posted by mikeyboy_esq@Jul 4 2005, 09:32 PM |
First off, Thanx again to all the above who offered me advice on what to look for when test driving the '94 325i conv. last Saturday. I did manage to go for that test drive, but was disappointed to find the following things that gave me grave concern.
1) Brand new top did not go down without assistance...they salelady even pointed that it was unusual for the top to need assistance and she chalked it up to the brand new top...she said once the creases form/it breaks in, then it should fold down on its own. I could be wrong here, but I don't believe her. What do you guys think?
2) Right side rear window and side window did not join when rolled all the way up (1" gap at the top). I tried to roll it down and up again a few times, but to no avail. This seemed like it may be an expensive repair or difficult to do on my own...not sure.
3) Driver's seat did not appear in bad shape, but very uncomfortable to sit on during my test drive of only about 5 miles or so. It appears to me that the padding must be worn out b/c there was some kind of bar/support along the left side of the bottom seat cushion and it was stabbing my left leg during the entire ride...not all that noticeable when I first sat down, but darn near painful after a few miles of driving. Moving my leg around did not make any difference. Is this a common problem? If so, approx. how much $$ is it to re-stuff the front seat at an apolstry shop?
4) Lastly, I was less than impressed with its power. I had read that the 325i had plenty of get up and go, especially at 3500 rpms and above. However, for normal driving, I noticed that I barely reached 3500 rpms before shifting gears (this would be my normal day-to-day driving habits). It ran smooth and didn't necessarily feel underpowered or anything drastic like that, but this was a std transmission and I was expecting a much peppier motor. This 1994 325i only has 72K miles on it, so I wonder if its that particular car or do most 325i cars feel that way??? Any thoughts? If so, I may start looking at a bigger model 3 series...like the 328 or M series? Honestly, I don't want to go into debt to buy a used car, so I would rather get an older model (94 or newer) 325i conv. in good shape instead of dropping the big bucks on a 328i or M series conv.
PS - As a result of the above findings and the salelady's position of not negotiating on the price at all, I chose not to buy this car. So I'm still looking for now. There seems to be lots of 3 series conv. on the market, so I'm sure I'll find one I like eventually.
| Originally posted by 24valve@Jul 4 2005, 11:18 PM |
I was in the same position as yourself. We test drove a 325icA before we got my 328is, and we were less than impressed with the vehicle, even though it was in good shape. It didn't seem to have much pick-up at all, the car shook and rattled like crazy (apparently all the convertibles do that) despite being in great shape and having low mileage. I would highly, highly suggest a 328, I don't think you'll be disappointed. And an M would be even better.
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