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Old 04-27-2004, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently purchased an 84 325E for $600.00. The body is in pretty good shape, although I may find out if I have any body work skills! Anyway, has about 4 zillion miles and a recently (30K miles) rebuilt motor. Tranny feels good. - Shifter linkage is sloppy, and I can't get my fat fingers in there to swap out the $&)*(@# selecter bushing! At least I got the quibo replaced and working fine.

Anyway, a few problems (besides the &)$@# shifter bushing):

1) Purchased a Haynes Manual - is anything better? CD's?
2) Driver's seat has a broken hinge on the right side. Can this be welded?
3) Looks like PO had a floorboard water problem. Trying to narrow that one down and blow out all of the drainage channels.
4) Both seat backs fall all the way back when the release is pulled. I read somewhere that this might be repairable.
5) Brakes need to be re-padded at least, and Is there any way to turn off the annoying Brake Lining light (other than killing the bulb or buying a new sensor?)
6) I need a new left front fender - what years fenders will fit my 325. How about interior parts (most notably the console, I just don't have a need for a casette holder....

Now for the really interesting problem....

The car sat in a garage for about 3 years while the PO's Son and his friends turned it into pot palace. How can I clean that crap out. I can't imagine getting pulled over by Billy Bob and his faithful friend Shemp, the drug sniffing dog....
Not to mention the fact that my wife is a teacher. I don't even want to think about how she would explain why the drug dogs are humping her Bimmer because it smells so much of old pot.

Does the smell have a half life?

This is my first foray into German cars (I'm still trying to sell my 77 MG Midget), but I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
So, am I lucky or stupid?

Thanks in advance,

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maybe you should post in the e30 forum m8
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haynes manual sucks, buy bmw service manual
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Old 04-30-2004, 01:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No, just kidding. Any old car "which sits in garage for long time" needs lots of work. Keep it up and don't give up. Also, get it detailed or better yet, if you have one those steam vacums for the carpet. Load it up with leather cleaner and go at it. Then leather wax, the smell will go away.
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I bought a fixer uper, though slightly newer (92 325i) and all I can say is if you can do a bunch of work personally your smart, if you need a mechanic to do most of the work your stupid (aka me) ghead

As for the pot smell, i have a little more uh... expertise. It should go away in a matter of a few weeks MAX depending on how much partying went on in the "palace". But you can buy air fresheners (OZIUM is my favorite - just don't go in the room/car you sprayed it in for 15 mins) that can kill that smell in a day.

But vacuum everything and check the glove compartment and any areas where small peices could have accumulated. Depending on the cop and how good of a day he is having, you could get busted for a single miniscule shred of pot (depending on the state you are in).

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