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Rob, sounds like you're more than half finished>>> (archive)

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Posted by Q on August 06, 2001 at 17:06:40:

In Reply to: Thinking of selling my 750iL posted by RobWilson on August 06, 2001 at 12:59:20:

getting the ol'girl back up to snuff! Trust me, we all "feel your pain"...but if you walk away'll have more into her than what you could get out of her. The $2000 to $5000 you need to finish your list can be stretched over time. Take care of the items like the rotors and exhaust and work on the others as you can. Hang in there...but in my opinion I would try to hang on to the car...unless the tranny blows on ya...then I'd dump her a$$ in the blink of an eye! 8^|

91 735iL
I'm trying to sort out whether or not I want to keep my '88 750iL. Maybe some of you on this board can help me decide? I bought this car 8 1/2 months ago after it had been sitting for a couple of years. I was prepared to spend a little money on it to get it back into shape. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Since buying the car I have spent over $12,000 on it including a $2,500 stereo. Here is a list of things that have been fixed/replaced:
-Replaced windshield
-Had all four BBS wheels repaired and repainted (3 were bent, one was cracked)
-One new tire
-Had all maintenance done (fluids, filters, spark plugs, etc)
-Replaced both oil pan gaskets on the engine $$$
-Replaced all coolant hoses & radiator
-Replaced brake accumulators
-Replaced hydraulic suspension accumulators
-Had defroster fixed (it was stuck on whenever the car was on)
-Had a heater valve replaced because it was stuck open and was heating the air even when the A/C was on
-Installed white face gauges (had to have mph gauges to replace Canadian gauges)
-Replaced one headlight and both foglights
-Replaced gear selector switch
-Replaced reverse light relay
-Replaced upper control arm bushings and lower control arm bushings
-Installed new BMW floormats
-Replaced BMW flashlight in glovebox
-Replaced courtesy light switch
-Replaced door lock mechanism and door latch in rear passenger door
-Repaired door lock mechanism in front passenger door
-Replaced battery with heavy duty Interstate battery
-Replaced heater hose
-Replaced all windshield washer tanks, pumps, & nozzles
-Replaced both windshield wiper arms
-Installed Alpine stereo with 6 disc changer, Boston Acoustics separates up front, Eclipse speakers in rear, JL Audio 10" subwoofers, and PPI amp.
-Recarpeted trunk (during stereo install)
-Tinted the windows

I'm sure there are a few other things that I can't think of off the top of my head right now. I'm really tired of spending money on this car, but I need to fix a few more things if I'm going to keep driving the car. In fact, I'm not even driving the car right now because the A/C compressor went out two weeks ago. :( Here are the things I need to fix:
-A/C Compressor (also will replace dryer, expansion valve, pressure switch & convert to R134)
-New tires (back tires are cupped due to improper alignment)
-Four wheel alignment
-Exhaust (original exhaust is shot due to winters spent in Canada); not sure if I need rear muffler or rear muffler and resonator.
-Rotors are warped (will replace rotors & pads all the way around, but this isn't urgent as the pads still have lots of life left)
-Both front seats need the "twist" fixed
-Temperature sensor isn't working right (this needs to be fixed, but isn't a high priority)
I figure I'm looking at anywhere from $2200 to $5000 to fix this stuff, depending on what parts I go with and how much of it I do myself.
Just typing this all out is making me depressed. Does anyone want to buy this car? It's almost there, I'm just beaten down by it. It is a nice car that needs a little cosmetic work. It has some kind of dealer installed package on it that included the AC Schnitzer ground effects, black cross-laced (or whatever you call it) 16" BBS wheels, and a blackout paint job on the trim (all the chrome including "750iL" logo has been painted black). The exterior is dark gray and the interior is black leather.

Rob Wilson
'88 750iL
AC Schnitzer gfx, black 16" BBS wheels

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