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Old 01-01-2013, 08:16 AM
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Mein Auto: '06 325 - '82 Porsche 911
Quandry at 92k

5 speed 325. It's been a wonderful car...now the 'but.'

Two weeks ago, the car would not start due to a failed valve adjustment motor in the engine.
$2500.

Last week...my daughter wrecked 3rd gear with a bad shift. It grinds and chirps.
Have yet to install a used (87k mi) transmission and clutch.
Estimate is $3100.

Valve cover is fine.

What is down the road for me if I keep this car another three years at 18-thousand miles annually? Any thoughts? Estimated annual repairs?

I hate to lease something like and Acura TSX, but it's cheap, more practical, ....and I do own a 911 to feel the wild side.

Thank-you.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:35 AM
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Two weeks ago, the car would not start due to a failed valve adjustment motor in the engine.
$2500.

Last week...my daughter wrecked 3rd gear with a bad shift. It grinds and chirps.
Have yet to install a used (87k mi) transmission and clutch.
Estimate is $3100.

Valve cover is fine.

What is down the road for me if I keep this car another three years at 18-thousand miles annually? Any thoughts? Estimated annual repairs?.

Naturally, you've seen Bill Arnold BMW in San Rafael. Much preferred over having to deal with local dealer's pricing and SA's.

Alternative: DIY valvetronic motor replacement & transmission R&R. Makes ownership so much more satisfying. Bentley, of course.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:56 AM
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Pretty sure you have a 6 speed...

The Valvetronic motor replacement should not have cost $2500.

$3100 for a used transmission and R&R; ok, but probably can be done for less. You might consider going to a normal transmission repair shop that does Getrag trannies; repair is not a hard job (I would not do this for an automatic.) You might consider replacing the clutch plate, disk and throw-out bearing (although they seem to last for 150K+ if not thrashed).

I would keep it - the car is worth $10K-15K if the work is done, and should really have anything else go wrong.

www.bimrs.org, www.bimmershops.com for non-dealer repairs.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:33 PM
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Yes...a 6 speed. '5' was a typo. The car is gone. It appears to have found a good new home. And yes, I did speak with Bill Arnold. He seems to be a great guy, but quoted 61-hundred dollars for a new trans and clutch. Add the need for a new battery, brakes, a tune-up, tires in 10k miles, and whatever else, and I purchased a Volkswagen CC. It's not quite a bimmer...but not a bad drive at all for daily commuting. Kinda like it, actually.

See y'all in three years or so, when the daughter graduates college, I retire, and buy that last car.


Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:46 PM
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.....I retire, and buy that last car.


Thanks for the advice.
I hope that means you're gonna be 90 y.o. when you retire and you're not planning to have your last car for 20 or 30 years.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:28 AM
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See y'all in three years or so, when the daughter graduates college, I retire, and buy that last car.
Now, I didn't do this, but a friend commented that when the last one graduates college, it's time to buy your first motorcycle.
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