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Old 05-04-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Step daughter is looking at a 2004 325I

My step daughter Stacy is looking at a 2004 BMW 325I and the seller is not budging on the the price,wants $4,800.00 and it has a couple problems.Luckily she was smart on the spot having me check it over,I am a mechanic.Has me check it out,has an oil leak and I know where it is.I test drove it and the front brake rotors pulsate including overheating.I find out the radatior is bad,plugged up and the antifreeze is a brownish color.I come over to confront the seller and tell him about these problems.Tells me I am a liar at first and won't lower the price on the car.She is due for a new car,her current car,a 2001 Ford Escort is falling apart.Stacy likes the car,clean inside and out with new tires.It drives nice too.Put a $4,000.00 offer on it and says no.She has $4,700.00 saved up so far.The seller's wife is on our side,seen a spot on the garage floor proving there is spot where the oil leak is.He won't even bother lowering on the price.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:56 AM   #2
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then dont buy it,
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:34 AM   #3
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His wife had enough of it and took over the sale.Called her back and said it was hers at $4,000.00.I have to replace the oil filter adaptor gasket and replace the radatior.The rest of the money she has left is going toward a new radatior,the oil filter adaptor gasket including new antifreeze.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:40 AM   #4
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That sounds like a bad engine if it was overheating

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Old 05-05-2014, 01:05 PM   #5
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His wife had enough of it and took over the sale.Called her back and said it was hers at $4,000.00.I have to replace the oil filter adaptor gasket and replace the radatior.The rest of the money she has left is going toward a new radatior,the oil filter adaptor gasket including new antifreeze.
big mistake. You bought a junk
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:41 PM   #6
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The engine was rebuilt 4 weeks ago and got lucky on it.The guy that rebuilt the engine said bring it back and will cover it under warranty.He put in the wrong headgasket in,the old one in by mistake and will replace the radatior.He has another freshly rebuilt engine on hand if it is worse,knows he put in all new parts in it.Plus I know the guy that rebuilt it,very honest and stands behind his work.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:59 AM   #7
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Glad you got a good deal on the car.
While you're replacing the radiator, you probably want to replace the water pump too. The OEM water pumps have a plastic impeller and are very prone to trouble.
There are various levels of upgraded pumps, topping out with the Stewart which is built like Fort Knox. My car is getting one today.
The other problem area is the expansion tank which is known to crack spontaneously. New hoses couldn't hurt.
Since the car is for your daughter, I'm sure you don't want her stranded by the side of the road.
You're a good dad. Happy Father's Day.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:14 AM   #8
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pics of Stacy for the lads on this forum.
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