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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Sunland, CA
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Checked this car out in person last week. I was the first potential buyer to see this car and took cash with me with the intention of buying it for full asking price. Took it to get checked out at Garage 54 in Glendale, CA (reputable BMW indy shop)
Unfortunately, almost every panel on the car had been painted. The quality of the paint work was very bad. The clear coat on several parts of the car had the dripping effect, faded clear coat on other parts of the car, bondo on passenger rear door for sure. I have the carfax if anyone is interested. No accidents reported on Carfax however. Maybe the only panels that were not painted were the trunk, roof, and possibly the hood. Every other panel was definitely painted. No vin stickers on both fenders as well.
The car has not been maintained throughout the current owner's near-10 years of ownership (had no service records and he told me straight-up that he had not maintained the car much while he's had it). Sway bar end link was literally broken off and dangling in the rear end, blown bushings, diff had an enormous leak (most likely damaged due to the loss of oil), blown shocks, hoses were extremely mushy, needed brakes, needed tires.
One thing that was amazing about the car is the motor and transmission did not have a single leak (besides power steering, which is not a big deal). The motor ran very good and was very quiet.
It's unfortunate that a low mileage le mans on le mans was in this kind of condition. I took cash in the amount of the full asking price with the intention of buying it on the spot (who wouldn't? 76k miles, 2-owner, le mans on lemans for $19k). However, I felt reluctant even offering $10k for this car, which he politely declined.
My intention is not to bash on the owner, he was a very awesome person. Looks like the paint work was done before he owned the car. Just giving honest and un-biased information for any fellow board member who is going to invest their time looking at this car, as I had law school finals but couldn't focus for 3 days, impatiently waiting to buy the car.
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Last edited by Black ///M10; 7th December 2017 at 06:42 AM.