I browsed that site - some of the photos of the accident damage make you
wince - you almost don't want to know anthing about the donor car nor
the circumstances that led it to being there in the first place....
Indeed. OTOH a gear box has a heavy metal casing, is in the middle of the
car and is used to having the full power of the engine pass through it. It
would take a very energetic impact from an unusual direction (underneath) to
break a gearbox, and it is extremely unlikely to suffer internal damage
without extensive visual external damage.
Damage to the electronics due to fire or immersion is a possibility.
Damage to an engine is much more likely - the engine is near the front
[corners], contains reciprocating parts and will suffer extensive damage if
it continues to run following coolant or oil loss caused by peripheral
external damage (e.g. split radiator)
Look you live in Alabama, so cars don't corrode and a 1990 525i probably
This car has a shot transmission and a blown exhaust gasket for openers.
I don't know what used BMW's go for in the USA, but in the UK any 1990 5
series would be lucky to break $1,000, and that's with a more reasonable 10k
Maybe you might like to consider that even if all your posts about fixing
this car are answered, whether it is worth fixing. How much did you pay for
This is what the car shop owner suggested - he thought it would be worth
replacing the engine and tranny. But if I factor in his labor, it takes me
to ~$2700 which is about the price I saw a 1990 525i in good shape with 125k
miles - the entirte car - would sell for on ebay.
I really like the car and hate the thought of giving it up but maybe it's
time. Or maybe I will keep it as a hobby - nah, maybe not.
This may be a good option. Provided that the car for sale on ebay will
not need another engine & tranny soon.
A lot has to do with the condition of your car with 240k. If there's a
lot of work invested in it, ie....new parts, maintenance and upkeep
done with the car, it may be worth fixing it. And that is if the body
and paint is in good shape too. In that situation, the car is worth
keeping in my opinion.
Hope this helps,
Thanks WIll. The body is in good shape. The bumpers need a coat of paint
and the headliner needs replacing or regluing,... As much as I
REALLLLLLLLLY like the look of this car, I'm afraid I don't have the means
or time to garage it and work on it myself until it's in shape enough to be
a reliable car again. This saddens me but such is life.
In that case, perhaps your best option is to sell the shell for what it
is worth to someone that needs/wants a project. The car is unlikley to
be worth whatever you spend (at a pro mechanic) to make it streetable
again. Cut your losses and go out and find another car...
Do you HAVE to replace with another auto tranny? Think about going manual..
spring for a new clutch kit, pedal assembly, and clutch hydraulics, and
you'll probably get more life out your tranny than on the body..
this is all presumptive of you knowing how to operate a clutch, of course..
A good idea. Manual boxes are cheaper, less to go wrong, and (assuming you
change gear gently) very long lived. You should be able to get one off a
breakers' yard (lots around for 52x), and a good deal of its operation can
be checked without power or even out of the car.
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