Need Help w/ Pricing a Low Mileage '88 325iC

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Re: Need Help w/ Pricing a Low Mileage '88 325iC

Postby WildKarrde » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:50 am

The mileage isn't the real concern here though... it's the nearly 10 year old timing belt, lol. I decided to strongly caution him on that point since I didn't want it to snap on him before I got feedback here. Was I right in doing so?
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Re: Need Help w/ Pricing a Low Mileage '88 325iC

Postby 87e30 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:13 am

With the amount of stress I've seen people put on replacing timing belts I would definitely not say that you were wrong. When in doubt, change it out.
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Re: Need Help w/ Pricing a Low Mileage '88 325iC

Postby M20_fever » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:41 am

It's a hand grenade with the pin pulled, could last 1000 miles, could let go after 10. Not sure how far he needs to go but tows are cheap compared to replacing the engine.
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Re: Need Help w/ Pricing a Low Mileage '88 325iC

Postby WildKarrde » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:07 am

This is what I replied to him:

The timing belt change is way past due… how far would the drive back home be? Give it a good inspection beforehand, and try to be gentle on the way home if you’re willing to risk it. These timing belts aren’t incredibly fragile… it’s just that when they do break it’s a pretty serious cost to repair. The belt should have been changed at least 5 years ago… and again last year. Obviously if the car runs then it’s fine for now… but it’s running on borrowed time. I’d stress this to him when negotiating the price. It could run another 5000 miles and be fine, but it could snap on the way home too. Heck, it could snap on the test drive. With the age of that belt it’s a complete roll of the dice. I seem to recall from another e-mail that the car isn’t close to you… he really should get the belt changed at a reputable shop before you go inspect the car, if you plan on driving it back a long distance. That’s up to you though… personally I’m just a bit paranoid of timing belts.

The mileage is still great… in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it really affects the value of the car, but it doesn’t hurt to use it as a bargaining chip anyway. Just depends on how well he knows what the cars true worth is.
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