In Reply to: Did you ever have to replace . . . posted by Brian K on June 21, 1999 at 15:34:09:
Sorry for the null responses, by mouse finger got a little twitchy.
Anyway, yes I did have to to replace the front bushings-six months ago, but not the radiator as best I can remember. I have not replaced the hydraulic brake booster or the brake bomb (I do have a very small hydraulic leak somewhere since I see a little oil around booster). I did not have to replace the alternator but I do recall installing new diodes (much cheaper). I have not replaced the a/c compressor but the a/c did need a new receiver/dryer last year-fairly cheap. A/C works great. I have not replaced the driveshaft bushings, but I did take off that doughnut like balancing weight from the driveshaft some years ago (could that have been the bushings you refer to?). BTW, the brake rotors are pretty thin now and will probably grind clear through any day. No oil burning at all. I change the oil and filter about every 5-6000 miles. Rough idle now so probably the injectors need cleaning again.
: the front suspension bushings, the radiator, the hydraulic brake booster, the brake bomb, the alternator, the a/c compressor or driveshaft bushings? Just curious, as all of these parts (other than the A/C compressor) and others have failed on my 100,000 mile, meticulously maintained 535i.
: : Overall this has been an incredible car. Car still runs great. 0 to 60 in 7 seconds, still! No major repairs ever. Trans., clutch, engine, all original and still fine. Had to replace water pumps, muffler, dist. rotors and caps, pwr. antenna, etc. Has small trans. oil and oil pan gasket leak, leather worn and pretty cracked, couple of small cracks in dash. Replaced metric wheels with M6 alloys. Silver grey paint in good cond. Chrome bumpers and trim pretty faded. Kept outside most of time. Otherwise fine.
: : Getting ready to replace her with a new M Roadster or 540i sport. Gonna miss her. May have to just keep her if it's the Roadster since she feels like part of the family.