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Old 02-02-2013, 11:08 PM
umermariner umermariner is offline
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Cheap Flooded BMWs...


There are lots of new, new like BMWs out there in East Coast with water damage, They are very very cheap, and I am also looking for my next BMW .

I am not totally oblivious to the challenges, as I have been driving BMWs for the past 8 years, do everything my self including minor coding. However, just wanted to discuss more to figure out if I am missing something.

According to one indy shop, flooded BMW CANNOT be restored to fully functional/ trouble free state... is it true? If not, what kind of skills I am looking for to improve upon in order to judge a repairable car and repair it (I am ok with Mechanical challenges, however; concerned about electronics/ modules etc).

What do you guys think?

Thanks for the help .
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:25 AM
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I'd avoid no way you can fix damage like that regardless of the cheap price

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:39 AM
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I know someone who buys flooded vehicles(comes across a lot of bmws) and gets them fixed then sells them for a pretty good price. I personally don't know if he restores them to become fully functional but obviously good enough to sell..
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:46 PM
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Avoid, cheap for a reason, a complex car with lots of wiring and computers will be a pain in the XXX. The salt water is in the wiring harness and will cause all kinds of issues with corrosion. The car may work fine now but... that will change.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:46 PM
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I understand that, and heard of that so many times. However, wanted to get an idea of what exactly is it. What kind of price tag, effort are we looking at. Does it not even worth buying a 70K car for 10K??? If know what to do, these parts might be replaceable for 10-20k??? Just wondering
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:30 PM
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You have got to be kidding me.. NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't even consider.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:46 PM
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salt water adds a corrosive factor to the equation, and, with the title being branded as 'flood damage', resale would be insane.

that being said, 'flood damage' runs a large gammit, and could simply be 1" on the carpets to up to the windshield...

this may or may not be clarified on the paperwork from the insurance company.

i have seen flood damaged cars repaired, which is a lot of work. mostly labor and space to pull the carpets out and get them cleaned, dry the interior, and connections along the wiring harness. modules could also be replaced as needed.

still, all in all, i would be leery about buying flood cars.

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:31 AM
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i wouldnt go anywhere near a flooded car. mechanicly most probly arent to bad but youll most deffinatley run into endless electrical problems. all these newer cars not just bmw have electrial problems all the time with out the corrosive abuse of salt water so one can just imagine with it. even if buying to resel id say still not worth it cuz even if you do get a few decent ones running. eventually theyll have electrical issues and youll start get labled as a scammer who sell junk by your customers. just my opinion
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