Hi Everybody! E34 530i M/T
I am glad to see this site, very knowledgeable members with love for BMW's! My first car was a 75 2002, Auto, Blue on Blue cloth. The head gasket went @ 300K! So I looked and found a sweet 73 Bavaria, 4 speed, Maroon on Maroon leather. She died a cold February morning from black ice... (sigh) Anyway 13 years later my girlfriend stumbles upon a 95 530i M/T for sale. Here is my dilemma, & I'm not sure if I should post this here.
It's a 95 530i M/T, White on Beige, 163k, loaded, all electronics work, body in GREAT shape, interior worn but not torn up (besides the glove box falling down) & being super dirty. A lot of parts have been replaced; clutch, brakes, tires, belts, hoses, etc. The power steering reservoir is leaking & will not keep fluid. The battery is dead & will not take a jump, so I haven't heard it run. And the owner said the tranny is 'scary' to drive it. His words. So it might need to be replaced. He is asking $1500. I looked it up and in 'average' condition (all running & fine) it's worth $1552. But it doesn't run & may not even drive. So in 'rough' condition it's worth $1053. This car would end up replacing my girlfriends 03 Camry with 265k (still runs like a champ!) I don't want to buy a headache, or buy the car & spend more to fix it than I could have spent on a running car. Also, I am VERY handy @ car repair. I was thinking of around $1200. Does that seem 'fair' & worth it?
Thanks & I will post my question about the tranny in another place on the forum.