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Old 10-03-2005, 08:45 PM
BLACK///M BLACK///M is offline
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Exclamation WHAT should I do???

Ok, heres the low down, I have a 1995 M3. After putting it up on a rack I discovered that from the heat sheild up there is a new frame welded to the old one from an accident that I didnt know about. Other than that I just got new rims, and theres a semi-new metallic cosmos black paint job, and its mechanically sound. Now I know that it will never be the same as it was before the accident, so would it be better to sell it, or should I continue fixing it up. Within the next months I was gonna get new suspension, clutch, short shifter, lightened fly wheel, and exhaust headers. any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 10-03-2005, 09:56 PM
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For what it's worth, I have had a 50/50 experience with frame repairs: I once totalled a 1982 Alfasud ti by driving it off a hillside (but, WOW, did I have fun before doing that!). I also seriously bent the frame on an '84 Maserati Quattroporte side-swiping a concrete divider (and yes, I do drive aggressively) -- the car was bananna shaped after the accident. Everybody told me, in both instances, not to bother fixing the cars as they'd never be the same. The Alfasud creaked and groaned after the frame repairs, and I always felt like it might collapse on the next curve, so I eventually got rid of it cheap (a shame -- it was one hell of a car). But the QP -- it was better! Seriously, the thing handled like a dream compared to it's pre-accident self. I Probably would have missed that damned barrier if it had handled that well before...

Before spending a lot of money on upgrades, I would (1) drive some similar cars to see if they feel "better" than yours -- ie, do they take curves with greater aplomb, (2) listen carefully for telltale creaks and groans, and (3) take it to a reputable frame specialist for inspection and ask if, in their opinion, the work done on the car was done correctly. Frame repair isn't the end of the world for your car, if it was done right.
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Old 10-04-2005, 07:35 AM
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If the car drove well enough for you not to notice anything before putting it up on the rack, I would say keep it. Obviously it must drive well enough, or you would have put it up on the rack as soon as you noticed something was not right with the car.
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