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Old 01-15-2020, 04:15 PM   #1
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2000 328i sport with subframe tearing - options to sell?

At 170k I've finally been afflicted with the dreaded subframe tearing. Boooo. Pics below in link:

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Has anyone had luck selling E46's in this condition? I was planning to sell it anyway before this happened, due to a move & job change. The car is in immaculate condition in the interior, and was running nicely otherwise. Since I will need to sell the car in the next 6 months potentially, I'm not excited about spending thousands just to find I need more than just reinforcement plates.

I'm in the US Pacific NW. Is there any market for people buying these cars to part out? Or even repair? Any sites/forums where people have had luck selling E46's like this that are in otherwise great condition? Or is a junkuard/donating my best option?_a_
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:52 AM   #2
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Honestly donating would be best. With the miles on the car/year even with a good subframe it might be worth less than 2k. Second comes a moral value. Would you tell the potential buyer it's torn? I doubt anyone would proceed to buy the car after knowing that due to the cost of repair which it will need so the rear doesn't fall apart as they're driving.

Donate it and save some money for taxes
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:55 AM   #3
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Sell it, disclose nothing.






I'm kidding. Donate it to a worthy cause that has low overhead operational expenses.

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Old 01-16-2020, 10:07 AM   #4
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You have nothing to lose by putting up a CL ad and being honest about the issue.

If the car is cosmetically in excellent shape, clean title, no accidents, etc. then you might get lucky and find someone looking for a cheap project car to take it off your hands.

And if that doesn't work, then donating it is a good second option (just do your homework as many nonprofits are BS, sadly).

Parting out can recoup a good chunk of change, but that takes time and effort - frankly, not worth it, IMHO, especially if you are moving in 6 months.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:36 AM   #5
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Thanks!

Thanks for the advice! Good to know I shouldn't expect much from a sale. I'll definitely disclose - don't want to end up on the wrong side of karma

I'll probably list it from something <$1k on craigslist and see what happens, and donate if no bites (to a legit charity).

Sad to see her go, but I guess getting from 90k to 170k was a good run. And thanks to the community here I've gained more sidewalk wrenching skills than I ever thought possible.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:54 AM   #6
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worth a lot more if you part it out. but that takes a lot of time and energy
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:10 AM   #7
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Yeah I unfortunately don't have the time in the next few months to deal with parting out. But I'll suggest that in the craigslist post, since most parts are in such great condition.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:53 AM   #9
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Update - was able to sell for $1200 (with full disclosure of the problem). Since the rest of the car was in great condition it seemed like there was local interest in it. So if anyone else has a similar situation, there's hope! Since I take the standard tax deduction I thought I'd try craigslist just to see. Anyway I'm glad it's going to get some good continued use. It's going to a family with access to a lift so they'll have the time to fix it up cheaply.
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Update - was able to sell for $1200 (with full disclosure of the problem). Since the rest of the car was in great condition it seemed like there was local interest in it. So if anyone else has a similar situation, there's hope! Since I take the standard tax deduction I thought I'd try craigslist just to see. Anyway I'm glad it's going to get some good continued use. It's going to a family with access to a lift so they'll have the time to fix it up cheaply.
This is the best outcome. Glad to hear it worked out.
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Wonderful outcome. You ended up on the right side of karma.
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Update - was able to sell for $1200 (with full disclosure of the problem). Since the rest of the car was in great condition it seemed like there was local interest in it. So if anyone else has a similar situation, there's hope! Since I take the standard tax deduction I thought I'd try craigslist just to see. Anyway I'm glad it's going to get some good continued use. It's going to a family with access to a lift so they'll have the time to fix it up cheaply.
on the sale.

sorry this defect in BMW engineering caused this in the first place. but 20 years and 170K miles isn't too bad.
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wondering how much BMW is paying to buy these early cars back from owners?

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Old 01-22-2020, 09:25 AM   #14
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Damn, wish I had known about this new recall last week! But from an environmental and "automotive-animist" standpoint , I feel much happier knowing my car will be running free and happy on a metaphorical "farm with a family who will love it". I wouldn't be happy knowing it was unceremoniously crushed by BMW.

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