I'm considering either trading in my BMW or selling it for parts/
working vehicle. I've had to replace the radiator twice due to a bad
head gasket, usually likes to blow hoses or separate the plastic part
of the radiator from the aluminum. Anyway I need to know if these cars
more valuable for salvaging parts or should I just trade it in for
$1500. It has 189k, and I really do not want to put anymore into it to
keep it running.
Thanks for any input,
You are joking, CR. Are you not? Or you must be talking about doing
the head gasket yourself so it is cheaper to do the HG. But I was
just thinking was it a bad head gasket causing the radiator to go or
was it the other way around?
I'm a tad on the sarcastic side today, but I'm not joking. The head
gasket *is* causing the pressure buildup in the cooling system that's
grenading the radiators. If he'd fixed it right the first time, he'd
only have bought one radiator - not two. Maybe not even one.
If you're not doing anything but replacing the head gasket, it isn't
all that hard or expensive. Maybe $250-300 for the gasket set. Hey,
YOU have an E34, don't you? Could be a nice cheap parts car ...
(In one of THOSE moods today)
I am seriously tempted. But my fleet is spilling out of my driveway
into the street. My two car garage is so full of junk I can only park
one car in this winter. And one of my two e34's has been parked in
the driveway since last May. I have been so busy the 6 speed
convesion just sees no end. Soon.. I hope.
Agree, the parts to replace a headgasket is about $250-300. When the
headgasket blew a year and a half ago, on my 1990 E34 535i with only
97K miles at the time, it cost me about $1100 to have an independent
repair it. The culprit in my case was a broken t-stat, which caused
the t-stat housing to crack (about $80 or so to replace).
I too wonder why the OP kept replacing radiators when it appears he
knew the head gasket was the problem. Note, my car now has 111K miles
on it and I'm still on the original radiator.
Thanks for all of the comments. Radiators were $182.00 and I could do
them myself - head gasket was a little above my ability and at $1300
independent I decided not to invest any more. Being somewhat of a
moral person I wouldn't want to sell the car to someone without
letting them know about the HG, which then doubles the cost of the
car, so I would feel better selling to someone for parts.
Rundown of condition:
Cracked driver side headlamp lens
Broken driver side Fog Lam lens
Minor dings in body
Some rust in door sills
Interior is good - not holes or tares
Needs tires, rear shocks, front suspension work (Control Arms
I'm in southeast Michigan, the car is drivable and I am using to get
to work just anticipating the next problem and don't want to be
Yeah thats what I figured. I bought the car for for 2k a little over
2yrs ago and for what I've put in it I'm very happy with how long it's
lasted, I just figured it may be nice for an E34 enthusiast to salvage
the parts and save some money. In it's current condition I don't think
it would be advantageous to take the time to rip it apart.
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll trade it in before the summer
heat kills it. Better to drive it into the dealer than have it towed.
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