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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Well 225K is within statistical lifespan limits. That's a LONG way from 500K or the one million fairytales you hear now and again on the Internet.

    And you're right, his car will literally fall apart, even if he could rebuild and coax and lovingly drag his engine to 500K.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    what should I look for in a car that I can enjoy driving, yet is very dependable, peppy and exciting, but yet the car can hold its value and get a reasonable amount of usage out of?

    NSX, if you can find a good one.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    NSX, if you can find a good one.

    Or a 911.
    Good NSX's aren't cheap,but neither are the Porsche's.
    NSX is more rare, and can be used as an everyday car.
    Their aluminum bodies do make them expensive to fix though.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    You should be able to get a very nice older NSX for around $30,000, and a nice nice older 911 for perhaps $18,000 (1983 to 1989 models).

    911 can also be an everyday car but will not perform at NSX levels...the older 911s I mean.
  • I know a Guy who delivers Pizzas in his 911. Not 100 percent sure of the year though I think it is a SC. What year did those run through?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yeah they are pretty bulletproof. Just take 'em in to Hans and Dieter in April and in October, give them $750 each time, and you're good to go.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Everywhere, USAPosts: 126,124
    The last SC was in 1983, I think...

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yep, '83. Then they went to the excellent Carrera (best models have the G50 transmission), then they fell on their face with the 90-91 C2 (avoid) and then back in the ballgame in 1992.
  • I have a 1986 BMW 325es with a inline 6 and automatic. I also have a 1984 BMW 325e with the same engine and a MANUAL transmission (doesn't run due to possible fuel contamination). Both appear virtually identical to each other, except for those small differences. I'm looking to swap parts as a hobby between the cars until I have a nice looking, running, sporty BMW. And maybe have the other car as a source of parts. Anyways, I have several questions: 1) How do I go about changing the 325es from a automatic transmission to a manual? What has to be swapped to make the swap over? 2) How do I remove the contamination from the 325e to get it to run right? Do I have to remove and replace the fuel pump, fuel lines, injectors? Or do I disconnect the fuel line from the injectors, decontaminate the engine, and use the electrical system to bleed the correct fuel through the lines using the car's fuel pump?

    I appreciate any hints, suggestions, etc. on this.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    For fuel contamination, that depends on what you mean. If it's bad gas, or water, you'll have to drop the gas tank, clean it, bolt it back up, then change out your fuel filter after you've run some gas through the lines that go BEFORE the fuel filter. I don't know that you'll have to mess with injectors or anything between the filter and the engine.

    For a transmission swap, you'll need a pedal assemply, and of course the flywheel, starter and bell housing from the stickshift car. Also the appropriate master brake, master clutch and clutch slave cylinders that go with the stickshift pedal assembly.

    I'm guessing the entire console from the manual trans car will have to be transferred inot the automatic as well. Then you'll have to use your manual trans driveshaft and maybe the differential, depending on the gearing differences between the automatic trans diff and the manual trans diff.

    I'm not sure how you'll get your speedometer to work.

    Hopefully, the holes to bolt on the manual transmission pedal assembly are pre-drilled; otherwise you'll have to weld it into the firewall of the automatic car.

    I have to say this is a lot of work for cars that arent' worth all that much. Had you considered getting both running, selling both and just buying a manual trans. car? They really don't cost very much for that era 325.

    I've converted two cars from auto to manual but they were later model convertibles, so it was worth it. They weren't BMWs though. I've never done one of those but I don't see why not. Should be fairly straight-forward parts swapping.
  • iamaliamal Posts: 1
    I am looking for a rechromed, or rechromable, rear bumper that will fit a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan.
    AL @ 330-649-0775
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    edited October 2012
    Hi Al,

    first off, let me advise you to NEVER post your phone number in a public forum, since a web crawler might pick it up and sell it to a telemarketer. Edmunds Hosts don't edit people's posts, but you can--or you can delete it.

    But, to your question-- best I can do for you would be to suggest that you buy a copy of Hemmings Motor News or go line at and peruse the "Cadillac Parts" section of the classified. Even if you don't specifically see a '76 Cad bumper listed, by all means call any vendor who is advertising Cadillac salvage parts. These guys all know each other, and they may be able to find you something through their unadvertised "network".

    I think this is the surest, fastest way to solving your problem.
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