I started this post in light of another thread where some members were looking for an touring with manual transmission. They spotted this car before I did, but I was the only one crazy enough to buy it... 400k
This is the other thread...
Soooo - the seller was asking 3k for it. When I first checked it out, it was in rough shape. They even warned when I called... "This is not a car you can just get in and drive".
-rusty hatch, doors, rock chips on the hood
-small rust spots here and there
-hatch doesn't work properly
-drivers window slow
-driver mirror slow
-rear windows dead - I figure these are seized
-driver seat dead
-UGLY aftermarket headlights - HIDs were removed
-puddle on floor - passenger side
-tear on front bumper
-seller says there are serious electrical problems- battery dies after 2 days
-wicked exhaust noise - seller says its just a loose flange
-idle drops every few seconds - bad vanos seals?
-did I miss anything?
-tires look new
-style 5 means sport suspension
-comes with winter tires - almost new Blizzaks on 15 inch steelies
So we take it for a drive... wife actually likes it, although it's ready for the junkyard, it is kinda sexy.
-brakes are horribly rough - super rusty, but stops are strong and straight
-power is decent. Ascends steep hills in 5th at 100 kph, no problem
-3rd/5th gate is very sloppy. Hard for me to find 3rd gear
-clutch is good
-engine seems good except for the noisy exhaust
-suspension feels good, car drives straight
-heated seats work, driver seat has a hot spot under my left cheek
-everything else seems to work ok, even the AC although it's too cold to tell
So I make an offer for $1000 (they were asking 3k) with no wheels. I would bring the winters I was going to use for the M5. The seller thought that the BBS style 5s would fetch a lot more $... I didn't have the heart to suggest looking at Max's classifieds. Anyway, I didn't think anyone was going to call considering the mileage so I wanted to let it sit. I wasn't desparate for the car at all but it would make a unique ride.
After a week. He contacts me and says he'll take 2k, with both sets of wheels. I make an offer for $1600 and he takes it.
I pick up the car with a temp license and take it home. Hvac is not working, but comes on line part way home. The drive is uneventful and I start hammering it close to home. Bang Bang Bang - from underneath the car!
I put it on stands fgor a closer inspection and it stays that way for two weeks. Closer inspection reveals...
-Center Bearing is toast - no rubber left, hence the banging
-guibo is toast - so bad that the bolts are rubbing together and some of the corners are worn off!
-exhaust leak - flange my ass - cat is cracked all the way around
-keyless entry works, but is very weird. Locks don't open close correctly
So I start ordering parts and doing some research to fix the electrical bugs. I start with the driver's seat. Turns out, there is a fuse box under the passenger seat. Hmmmm - also, the windows, mirror and ABS get power from this thing. I'd bet it's just a bad connection. After all, there was a puddle on that side. I take the seat out and lift up the carpet.....