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Old 04-09-2013, 11:17 AM
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So I purchased a salvage F02 in January from an insurance auction (1st time doing such a thing) and after countless hurdles involving getting it shipped from NY to CA, I finally received the car. It was a flood car but the water line didn't get very high as there was no water on the interior. There was some light body damage, but more importantly no one had any idea if it ran or not as it didn't have a key. Regardless I picked up the car for very very cheap so it's well worth it. As most everyone here's cars are under warranty I figured I would share a few pics of a DIY starter repair. I had a hard time believing that you had to go to such lengths as lifting the engine and removing the engine mounting bracket to remove the starter, but I checked ISTA and that's what it prescribes. I was able to clean/lube the motor brushes and save the starter motor but had to buy a new solenoid which was only $100 compared to $600 for the whole thing. After a trip to the dealer to pick up parts and my key, I reinstalled the starter and ensured there was no water in the engine, held my breath and pressed the start button. Fortunately to my relief it started up without issue, even after sitting for 8+ months and all its been through.























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Old 04-09-2013, 12:43 PM
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Wow. Congratulations. Interior pics please. And how specced is the car.

Welcome to the club.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:37 PM
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you are a brave man my friend!
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:09 PM
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you are a very brave man my friend!
let me fix this for you...

Seriously though, best of luck. Keep us informed, subscribing to this one.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:30 PM
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you are a brave man my friend!
Actually, I think he is quite smart. He has already banked all the savings from a worst case scenario - up front. It can only be better. So he will end up better no matter what. Plus he seems like he knows his way around a car more than the average person.

A lot of the unknowns of buying a used car have been factored in with the lower price already - far more than buying a "good" example of the car.

Who knows, even in a worst case scenario, where he would part the car, he may even be ahead just based on that.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:44 PM
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Great project. Looking forward to following this. +1 to more pictures.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:21 PM
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This could be like retrofitting a whole new car. :-).

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:55 PM
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:35 AM
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To answer a previous it doesn't have any fancy options. Not even window blinds oh well, maybe the next one. Would love active cruise and HUD.

To chrischeung you summarized my thoughts nicely.

Update:
So while the interior may have not been flooded originally, it did have the misfortune of sitting at the auction yard through the NY winter for several months with one back window 5 inches down. Everything appeared to be pretty dry upon the car arriving. Until I noticed the passenger side subwoofer wasn't working. I pulled and seat and found that the sub and the rear floor heating element was corroded. A few things more to add to the parts list. Luckily the car bodywork is well protected and was not affected. Also thankfully aside from the aforementioned there aren't really any electrical components under the floor. I know my E38 would not fair so well being there is a fuse distribution block under the passenger floor boards. I am going to have to repair a few pins on various connectors though, NBD.





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Old 04-12-2013, 09:48 AM
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To answer a previous it doesn't have any fancy options. Not even window blinds oh well, maybe the next one. Would love active cruise and HUD.

To chrischeung you summarized my thoughts nicely.

Update:
So while the interior may have not been flooded originally, it did have the misfortune of sitting at the auction yard through the NY winter for several months with one back window 5 inches down. Everything appeared to be pretty dry upon the car arriving. Until I noticed the passenger side subwoofer wasn't working. I pulled and seat and found that the sub and the rear floor heating element was corroded. A few things more to add to the parts list. Luckily the car bodywork is well protected and was not affected. Also thankfully aside from the aforementioned there aren't really any electrical components under the floor. I know my E38 would not fair so well being there is a fuse distribution block under the passenger floor boards. I am going to have to repair a few pins on various connectors though, NBD.





Good thing car is built to survive I guess. Good luck on your mission. Keep us updated on the process.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:06 AM
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i'm learning a lot of new things about my car watching this process. I had no idea rear floor heat was electric resistance - amazing. nor did I know there was a sub under the seat.

thanks and good luck! lets see some completed pics when you are done.

and thanks for not telling us what you paid - I'm sure I'd get sick :-)
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:19 AM
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Dude you got some serious junk in the pants to take on this project. Nice work. Love the pics!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:10 AM
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Replace the subs with after market. Much better quality and a lot cheaper. See my sig for mine.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:30 AM
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how much was the car? I see on an insurance website some of these are had for 10 - 15k. Presuming this was minor flooding, looks like you got a great deal.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:18 PM
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how much was the car? I see on an insurance website some of these are had for 10 - 15k. Presuming this was minor flooding, looks like you got a great deal.
That's about the right price range. There were many flood F01/F02 being auctioned a few months ago. I would have loved to have bought another but I have 5 e38's and an e60 so I need to control myself until I make some room . It's definitely worth it if you have the tools, time, knowledge and cash to take on such a thing. Luckily I was able to find a yard in LA that is parting out a few F01/F02's so I can save some $$$ on a few parts I need. Also planning on taking BimmerNation's advice and going with aftermarket subs.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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I need a door handle (driver's side) mine started melting, dunno why. Do you know where I can get cheap parts?
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:17 PM
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I need a door handle (driver's side) mine started melting, dunno why. Do you know where I can get cheap parts?
Check this guy out on ebay. I bought some parts for mine from him. Happy.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:13 PM
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Check this guy out on ebay. I bought some parts for mine from him. Happy.
Same here, I bought my entire interior trim for him (couldn't stand my ash grain)!
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:29 PM
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singal - How difficult was it to take the trim apart, did you have any instructions how?
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:14 AM
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Thanks Axion, my door handle is melting as my car came from texas. At first I thought it was tar, but as I cleaned further, the area where you put your hand actually was mleting..only driver's side. I hope I can JUST replace that interior black plastic part or spray it somehow..getting dirty & annoying esp with oyster interior.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:20 AM
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:31 AM
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singal - How difficult was it to take the trim apart, did you have any instructions how?
It took a few hours, but it wasn't bad, I don't have any instructions I followed. I had the replacement trim as a guide, so I had a general of idea where the clips were.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:03 AM
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I would almost consider it for a low budget next gen 7, but with other classics to restore and what not I just don't think I'd want to justify the time to fix it up. Your interior looks really good overall, I imagine you can isolate the important bits, check/clean them, and be on your way with this car in no time.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:37 AM
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WOW awesome!
definitely following along. some great pics too!
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:18 AM
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so i picked up a 2011 335xi with only 8k miles in 2011, mainly it was hail damage but the rear window broke so water got under the seat. There was some mold build up, killed most of it with a product called Benefect, but did not replace anything yet.

Does your car have a smell? If so, what do you plan on doing about it?

I am thinking of replacing the sponge in the seat, the leather should be cleanable. Alternatively, I may replace the sponge in the back as well above the speakers. My main question is should I replace the floor carpets as well or just take them out and wash them? i am having it taken to a shop that does this type of work, they will take all the carpets apart, and was them. The floor carpets may cost me about $5-600, so not cheap. Thoughts?

The car currently has 19k miles.
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