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Old BMW's

I was overdue for some new tires and got it to Shade Tree Garage in Raleigh who is one of the best and friendliest BMW shops in the area. He's affiliated with Tire Rack which made this easy.

I have not been there in a year or two and pulled in early this morning to drop the car off and it's like pulling into a museum. The owner, Truett, used to farm this land. After retiring as an engineer with IBM he wanted to make his dream come true of working on cars. There are all kinds of BMW's all over the place. There are some old 2002's (no, not year 2002), 3/5/6/7 series, M3's..., you name it, it was there in all kinds of colors and different ages. Most people just drop off their car there for a week at a time knowing the work will get done eventually.

I pulled in and there was Truett waiting to greet me. We reviewed what we were doing and talked for a bit. When he learned I was mildly looking for a track car he pointed one out he was selling for a friend--white, 1995 M3 with 99,000 miles in great condition. I'll have to keep that in mind.

He shows me the loaner and this was interesting. It was a beige, 1992, E32, 735iL with 192,000 miles on it. At first I'm thinking, is this reliable? He sees me off and she cranks right up with no fuss. Nearly all of the gadgets work perfectly. Clearly Truett and his gang have take great care of this old car. I got on the highway and it has no problems getting up to highway speed. It's got an I6, so it sounds quite a bit like my car. It's a heavy car, though. Steering is a bit vague, but this is a heavy car and it's almost 16 years old.

It was sort of like driving a little piece of history. All the gadgets that are on here are standard on many cars today. 15 years ago these features were pure luxury items (text message display, trip computer, automatic climate control, great sound system, etc.). It gets to spend the night with me since I was unable to get there after work and will return it in the morning.



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Dec. 12th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Sounds like Cooter in Hazzard County meets Germany luxury engineering.

BTW the Oxygen Sensors were easy to do myself, and now the SES light is playing peek-a-boo. So off to the dealer she goes.
Dec. 12th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Buy yourself a Peake Code reader. Seriously.
Dec. 12th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have the Bavarian Auto Sport rebrand of the Peake. It throws the following codes. E4 and E3 - Oxygen Sensor Adaptation Limit Reached PreCat 1 & 2.

I replaced the Oxygen Sensors already, vacuum leak or fuel/intake problem are next likely culprits. I haven't found a good independent BMW shop hence she goes back to the dealer when I reach a impasse.
Dec. 12th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd buy a couple cans of carb cleaner and spray them around the intake manifold and related tubing.
Dec. 13th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Eh, bad childhood memory of an 80 Ford LTD Station Wagon+Dad+Starter Fluid.

Plus I want to do a trial run of the local BMW dealer by my new house. When picking up an obscure part, I got a warm fuzzy. Time to see how I can wheel and deal with the service people. If they condescend for doing my own repairs and service, they will loose points. Better to know ahead of time what kind of service department they run before something major happens.

I found out when replacing my own window regulators the SOBs at the other dealer were using metal putty knives to cut away the waterproofing tape scraping up the interior door. :(
Dec. 12th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Alpinweiss '95 M3s are the shit. ;)
Dec. 12th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's on the brain still. I was not planning on getting anything until current car was paid off in April. He said the starting price was $10,500 and that sounds pretty good. The car has never been tracked and no major mods.
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