Everything is relative. A '92 BMW should last longer than your average
Ford/GM/Chrysler product, and on a 13 y/o car you don't really need more
than liability insurance and the deprivation is not more than a few
hundred a year.
Properly maintained, he's absolutely right, at least for the vintage of
car to which he's referring. Now my opinion of *new* BMW products is
not that high as they seem to have traded basic mechanical excellence
for gimmicks and gadgets (IDrive anyone?)
I would love a new BMW some day. I'll wait a decade or two. The
quality issue will be a none-issue.
Or else I can buy an older model between '90 and '95 and fix it up like
new. That's a good 5 years for BMW right?
Yeah; you are. Either that or you're in a parallel 'rust-free'
universe. Those things rusted if you exhaled wrong at 'em. Lotta fun
to drive - for as long as they still had an intact body structure.
Now, Big Sixes from the late '80s - *those* are great BMWs.
I had one, if you remember... loved it. But the basic mechanics
descended straight from the lovely 3.0CSi (I did get that right didn't
I? BMW nomenclature is so confusing) which was simpler, purer, and WAY
better looking than even the 635 that was its direct spiritual successor.
If I cared about rust, would I have just bought a '55 Stude coupe? Talk
about a lovely car that rusts if you don't wipe your sneeze off the
windshield instantly... C.R. you need to discover that there really is
a parallel rust-free universe, and it exists only south of the
Mason-Dixon line (or so far north that it never thaws...) anymore I
"import" my "toy" cars from AZ, TX etc... I hate rust just as much as
the next guy, so I don't deal with it :)
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On 20 May 2005 08:57:39 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Neighbour leased a new Bimmer a few years back - never had the car out
of the shop for longer than 2 months at a time for the duration of the
3 year lease. Had posession for just over 2 of those 3 years. He
cursed that car for 5 years after he got rid of it. Leased a new Supra
to take it's place. At the end of the 3 year lease he bought it and
kept it another 5. Lost one DAY of use due to unscheduled repair
(tranny leak) in 8 years.
Then he got a MB Eclass. Within 2 months it was in the shop for a new
engine - and was tied up for 6 weeks. That was just the beginning - so
he got a Camry and hasn't looked back.
A Bimmer or a Benz is fine as a status symbol, or as a second car. If
you've got loads of spare cash.
Is the BMW 535 an SUV? I didn't know BMW made SUV's in '92.
I wouldn't mind a BMW motorcycle. Only I'm afraid because all of our
roads and highways have gotten increasingly congested and dangerous in
recent times. I'm paranoid. I'd love a BWM though. Something that
doesn't look like a ticket magnet to the police though. I need to keep
a clean driving record as I'm going into truck driving.
I'm wondering who I might call to find this out. I would suspect FORD
if it's Ford that sold the cars premodified. Otherwise I'd have to
check with the law enforcement authorities and I doubt the person at
the front desk would know the answer.
Try doing a google search for taurus brakes and rotors. Maybe something
off of a SHO might be better (maybe a 96/99 ?).
Here is a few links:
Plenty on Ebay too.
Make sure if you go oversize, that your wheels will still fit.
Another option would be slotted/cross drilled rotors for better heat
dissipation and a good set of pads. You'd be surprised how much better
a set of $80 front pads can be compared to stock, especially on slotted
rotors. EBC "green stuff" and Hawk pads are both very good and make a
drastic change over stock.
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