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Car test drive, all is not what is advertised (archive)

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Posted by Dwight Chew on September 06, 1999 at 01:08:18:

In Reply to: Well Dwight--Did you get the Tii--or not??? posted by Mike Holbrook on September 06, 1999 at 00:13:24:

Went to look at the tii for sale this morning. Unfortunately, it's not all that it was advertised. Here's a run down on the car.

Positives
1. Drives great. Very strong in all 5 gears.
2. Handles very well. Polyurethane control bushings everywhere.
3. Dinan springs and camber plates. Bilstens HD's.
4. Pirelli 195/60-14 P6 tires on 325 "cokebottle" rims.
5. 320i rear brakes
6. Recovered real reacaro seats (cloth), matchinng rear seat
7. 25mm Metric Mechanic front swaybar, 22mm rear
8. 320i radiator
9. tii engine
10. Battery in trunk
11. MSD ignition module
12. Shock towers and rocker panels ok
13. 320is 3 spoke steering wheel.
14. Very quiet, nice overall ride.
15. Fair paint

Negatives
1. Not a real tii, converted '74
2. 1" x 2" rust hole at bottom portion of noseclip. (California car do rust too!!)
3. Spare wheel well rusted out too. Several rust holes.
4. Dents in trunk and next to right side tailight on rear panel.
5. Trunk hood has been replaced once before. No roundel.
6 Needs new carpeting
7. Broken front swaybar mount. Metric Mechanic bar mouts differently than ST or Eibachs.
8. Some damage to headliner onsunroff panel.
9. Behr A/C not working, still has York compressor

So because of the fact that it wasn't a real tii and the rust issues, I thought it was best to pass on this car. Getting this car through smog inspection in California may be a bear since the VIN number and engine numbers don't match.

The big rust hole in the noseclip tells me that there is probably alot more rust inside the noseclip. Too expensive to replace.

The best part about seeing this car was driving it. The lowered springs, heavy swaybars, and poly bushings firmed up the handling and was very enjoyable. It gives me some idea as to how I should go about setting up my suspension. Great acceleration in all 4 gears with the 4:11 LSD.

I'll probably start w/ what I already have in the garage (ie. ST swaybars, Bilstens HD's), try that out 1st, then go to new springs as the next upgrade. The last upgrade will be the new control arms with polyurethane bushings.

If someone outside of California is looking for a great driving car and is willing to deal with the noseclip rust issues, this would be a great car to have. I can give you the name and phone number of the owner if you e-mail me privately.


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