So I have had this car for about 10 years. It's been a great 10 years but things are slowly starting to deteriorate.
I won't even begin with the body because I'm sure it's obvious that it is starting to rust. I had taken it to a body shop a couple of years ago and they cleaned her up real nice (shop owner is a friend of the family) and the price was fairly cheap, however the shop owner told me beforehand that it was pretty much the beginning of the end, and no matter how hard he tried, once it's started to rust, it'll always come back.
I've been a fairly loyal customer at RMP. I'm not wealthy by any means, and any kind of repairs I can do by myself or with my dad, I will always attempt because I simply cannot afford to always bring my car in to a shop, however when I have had to, RMP has always pulled through.
I guess where I am going with this is: I need some advice on what I should do with the car. This car was my 1st BMW, back when life was simple. Lived at home, had a decent job, no worries. Now that I am married with children and a mortgage, this will also likely be my last BMW and I am very reluctant to let go!
At 280km's, the car seems to be running fine, however there are parts that I badly need (passenger tail light, hood struts). Too often someone in the buy and sell will say 'fits all E36', and when I go to pick up the tail light or hood struts, they won't fit my car.
Anyone on this forum who knows E36 BMW's (Changing oil, spark plus, brakes etc i can do. However I don't "know" cars, and have no idea how good or bad condition my car is) feel sympathetic to my cause and want to give my car a glance and tell me whether it's worth hanging on to or not? I'd love nothing more than to just saunter in to a shop like RMP, slap my credit card down and have them fix the whole car but I simply cannot afford that any more. Not even after market parts for me at this point. Strictly used parts from forums, kijiji, craiglist etc.