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What would you choose? (archive)

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Posted by matt on November 21, 2000 at 08:47:07:

OK, my car has 210,000 miles on it, but the engine and tranny only have 70,000. Interior and exterior are that of an e34 with 25,000 miles on it. Now Im looking to put $4000-$5000 into it for rims($2200), side skirts($500), timing belt change($350), and basically make this car mechanically new by putting in new O2 sensor, control arms, suspension usuals, etc.
Or I could use that $4000-5000 and $5500 that I bought the car for ($10,500 total) and get an e34 with lets say 100,000 miles. What would you guys do?
My thoughts on this.....and Im just wondering if Im thinking irrationally here....what is the diff.between a car with 100k and one with 200k on it?? Exterior and interior will be as good on this car as any other one I can buy with less miles. Engine and tranny should be even BETTER than one with 100k. Timing belt and suspension on a car with 100k will have to be done too, just as much as they would on my car with 200k. And of course, buying one for $10K means no rims for me either. I guess if you offered me an e34 with original tranny and engine with 200k on it, I definitely wouldnt put $5K into that, too much of a chance. But if you offered me one that basically for all intensive purposes, had a 70K engine and tranny, and 25K interior and exterior for $10K, I would probably do it. Esepcially if everything else was mint and it was all caught up on everything from timing belt change to new cap and rotor, plugs, O2 sensor, etc. and from all exterior options from CD changer to elipsoids to everything. Am I being stupid here or is this pretty reasonable?
Also, I know you guys will say save and get the M50, but the M20 isnt real bad in my opinion, most cars today dont have 169 HP, and thats not slow, and I dont pump the car up to 100MPH and race people, so its not a big deal. I mean if the M20 were a 4 cylinder, ok then, that would be a difference, but theyre both V6 and the difference isnt as big as everyone makes it out to be, now between a 525 and 535, thats a difference.

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