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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,163
    was talking about cars with my son, and the issue of snow came up (he lives in snow country, on a steep hill), and he could get a ride in bad weather if needed. Mentioned that one roommate has a Land Rover. After some digging, it is a 2004, and "discovery" rang a bell. So, a 2004 disco.

    The funny part, was that at random times, parts just fall off. One day, a headlight just popped out and hung on the wires. Owner borrowed duct tape to put it back in. After that the driver's door mirror just fell off, and also hung by the wires. Not sure if that got duct taped back on too.

    Though not posing, since it seems the parents are actually loaded, and this was just a family hand me down.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    That's one sweet looking wagon!! Not my favorite color and too many wheels driving, but it's got the right number of pedals and that is what's hard to find!
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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Duct tape? How 'bout some thread lock?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,506
    I don't know if a Disco makes one look rich, or just insane/stupid/masochistic. The older models have pretty much vanished from the roads now.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    edited January 2013
    Nice wagon for those of you who want that RWD.

    We just had our newly acquired wagon checked out by our mechanic this morning, who gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. The inspection probably wasn't really needed, but I feel better knowing the mods that had been done were done properly.

    And to that point, I actually did a search and found a thread on a BMW forum where the original owner was trying to sell the car (just a couple weeks ago). So the description had all the modifications he made to it (all of which he restored to stock other than the exhaust). I responded to his thread with news of our purchase, and he has since replied to see if I want to buy his winter set of wheels/tires for the car, which I may very well do.

    Small online world.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,078
    The grey 1984 318i with "high miles" looks fantastic for a car that old, other than the wear on the driver's seat.

    The spoiler on that 528i is hideous.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,163
    my goodness, that wagon is gorgeous. I would love having that. Though it would be hard to justify right now a really expensive car that was a stick.

    other than no heated seats, that one is perfect. And I can live without the bun warmers if that is the only flaw.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,163
    we are talking college students here. Suprised they did not try to fix it with beer.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    Thankfully, it does have heated seats. Like my 335, the buttons for those were moved up I believe starting in 2009.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,163
    agreed about the 318. If you have the ability to pull the engine and replace all the gaskets, certainly looks like a solid platform to work with. Probably overpriced since it has been sitting for 4 years, is not really usable, and the engine work will not be cheap. Plus it is only a 4 cyl.

    also, once you have the engine apart, might as well go all the way and rebuild the whole thing.

    could be a good option if you have a wreck with a strong low-mile engine to swap in. that could work.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,163
    I was talking about the gray RWD one in VA. that does not have heated seats.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    Oh gotcha - got confused with all the BMWs in the discussion. :)

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    On the way into work after that pre-purchase inspection at our mechanic, my wife gets pulled over for speeding. Remember this is the same person who got the ticket in Texas on our roadtrip for going 90-something. To be fair, she was going 44 on a three lane road which for some reason has a 30 mph limit.

    The officer took her information and then came back to the car and replied that she didn't want to ruin her new car experience by giving her a ticket on the first full day of owning the car. :D

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    So dealer finally secured a Leaf today. Wound up being a blue one, which will make my wife happy. They are getting it in tomorrow and we will pick it up Friday night.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,225
    E30---not familiar with old BMWs but are the ok'd ones good for that kind of milage?

    4 banger--mush have been a good one, sold already.

    88 BMW---new paint (coving what?). Strange noises? Scary.

    76 BMW---wow, strut towers, floor pans, rockers. Whole lota rust goin' on.

    99 BMW---now that's more like it.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,225
    edited January 2013
    84---overheats, unknown miles, won't pass emissions....what's not to like?

    98---nice. If the drivetrain is solid with all this miles it might be a nice little cruiser.

    94 vert---what's he hiding? But it is a convertible.

    84---$1200 plus the possible cost of a new tranny. What's the total?

    98---seems pretty pricey for a TMU.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Suprised they did not try to fix it with beer

    Ever seen Rocket City Rednecks? In one episode they used empty beer cans in an armored car. Hilarious show.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,284
    And to that point, I actually did a search and found a thread on a BMW forum where the original owner was trying to sell the car (just a couple weeks ago).

    When I found that gorgeous Velvet Blue Individual E46 M3(with the horrid SMG box :mad: ) I inadvertently found the owner when I was searching for images of Velvet Blue BMWs to show my wife. One picture was from an M3 registry and the picture was of that exact car(I knew that because the page listed the VIN). Through that registry I was able to contact the original owner.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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