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Old 08-04-2004, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just picked up a blue 330CI, I deal alot with salvaged cars and this one was hit in the front, the previous owner replaced the front body parts and it ran fine but it needed a new head, they replaced the head and now it will not start, the car has not been delivered yet so I am going on what they are telling me but they think the computers have to be reset...does anyone know if this will be a serious problem or if I have to take it to BMW? Any solutions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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front end colisions can cause so many possiblities for problems, you and i both know that. im not sure whos doing the work on the car. but unless they know bmws inside and out, id be a little skeptical as to what exactlly they are doing. it could be just a patch up job to get the thing working for a month who knows...... if you have problems with the ECU that its expensive to fix, cant be that much of a problem to replace it, however its the long term affects id be more concerned about... do you have pictures of the car ?? with the damage and inside the hood?
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yea I only have pictures of it after it was fixed...





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Old 08-04-2004, 03:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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btw if it actually does get up and running good, what do you think? I paid $16k for it, its an 03, 330CI salvage title in great condition...I have a supra now and was going to use it for a daily driver once if all turns out ok.
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16k USD? man i would have tried to lowball even more. however i guess its a fair price for a wrecked car turned, useable.
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spoke with the company that fixed the car and they said it cost them $18k to fix and the car starts but it has a speed limiter and wont go over a certain speed. and he put it in auction because he didnt have anyone to reset the computer.
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16K sounds a bit too high for a car that has a salvage title and may not be in great working condition. The vehicle looks awesome but like some one said I wud have gone a little lower maybe around 11-13K and saved the the 3 K for repairs (I am sure yure goin to have some). For 6K more you can pick up a used 01-or 02 325i which will serve you far better for a daily drive (as yu mentioned) than a 330i with salvage.

Not to discourage yu tho now that yu prolly have made that purchase. I would maitain that car and keep some extra cash handy for some repairs. Get the car shown to a dealer and have the speed limiter removed......(no use having a 330Ci witha speed limiter).....and yu have yurself a fine ride..........the car looks awesome if it works.


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