Not sure if anyone has started a car thread in the past or not, so here goes !
This is a thread for discussion of car/s you are going to buy whether they be NEW or OLD. I shall get the ball rolling
I am thinking of buying a 20 year old car as it is a cheap purchase, but not so cheap to run....I JUST WANT ONE !!!!
It's a 1992 BMW 325i e36 4dr Saloon manual shift. She has the odd little patch of rust starting to show through, NO Coolant System problems which I know are one of the main probs with this car.
The block simply sings after doing 135,000 miles ! Yes I know that's not really a lot on a V6 block. Clean and tidy throughout the whole of the car, the engine and engine bay were spotless for her age and no visible sign of leaks.
Fuel economy will be 21-30 MPG, but I can live with that as I will only be doing around 6 miles a day
SO WHAT YOU THINK AT €1,000 ? To BUY or NOT to buy
the missus is against it which means I want it even more
I like cars from around the 20-year mark :-)
But I wouldn't recommend a BMW to anybody. I have an '86 E28 528i that's a beautiful car to drive, sit in and look at, but a pig to work on - and it needs working on a lot. The cooling system "problems" are designed into the bloody things. When you're used to working on Japanese stuff, European stuff is just very sad junk. Your description of the one you're looking at is basically how we ended up with this one - they "look" like they should be a terrific car, and perhaps they were for the first few years of their lives.
I've still got three Suzuki Swift five-door 1.3 litre hatchbacks ('90, '92 and '93) and am still regularly impressed with what they can do :-)
We've towed two bikes to Philip Island and back (820kg trailer, more than 9000kms) without a hiccup, I've towed 880kg of concrete pavers (plus the weight of the trailer), and have shifted my daughters belongings from house to house more times than I can count.
Two of us can sleep in the back, they cost next to nothing to run, can park just about anywhere, and pull 150kph in third :-)
A set of new tyres every 60,000kms costs less than a single rear motorcycle tyre and they get 13-14kpl around town.
We love our Swifts :-)