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Old 12-23-2009, 11:54 AM
DrCharles DrCharles is offline
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Mein Auto: '81 745i, '97 540i Dinan
True, you will never make money fixing up a car and selling it, but that doesn't sound like what the original poster intended anyway. I bought my '81 745i in '91 for $2600 and probably invested $8000 or more in repairs/modifications/improvements, and now it needs rust repair and paint.

Still, if you average that amount as a monthly payment over the 19 years I've owned it, it's pretty cheap!

The Euro E23's are looking "dated" these days, but are comfortable, roomy sedans and there are plenty of parts available, just not at the local AutoZone. The 728i suffers from a relative lack of power (it's a destroked big-six, not a baby-six), something like 157 hp, but with the proportional increased fuel economy.

Make sure you get the EPA/DOT paperwork with the car. Copies should be obtainable from the EPA and the DOT but this many years after the fact, the files may have been destroyed.

Many Euro models were ordered without air conditioning and the early 80's E23 a/c was nothing to write home about anyhow... if you live in a humid Southern state this can be a problem.

I agree, no real way to value it... since it's not even running, but rust-free, I might guess $1000 maximum.

-Charles
'81 745i
'97 540i
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