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Oh, and did I mention the car has folding rear seats!!!

Talked to the wife tonight (finally) and looks like we are agreed on it. Should know more tomorrow about when I can take possession.
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Oh, and did I mention the car has folding rear seats!!!

Talked to the wife tonight (finally) and looks like we are agreed on it. Should know more tomorrow about when I can take possession.
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No. This may be a week or two long process.
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Congrats on the ZHP!

Have you thought about trying to find a buyer for the 323 that would make it into a stripped down track beast? Maybe at least run an ad for a few weeks before parting it out. The subframe upgrade and manual transmission could make a track nerd happy.
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Sweet setup, Shad. The best part is that you have given this a lot of thought -- and the fact that YOU have been the technician keeping the car in great shape for years now. You know exactly where the car stands, maintenance-wise. It sounds like it's a reasonable price and you have planned how to maximize revenue from the 323 and minimize financing costs.

Plus the fact that you have talked about wanting a ZHP here on Bimmerfest for years, going so far as to even do a tranny swap! And you even know and trust the former owner. And did we mention, it's got great tires!

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Question for all, I have my local salvage guy with an as is offer of $2500 cash. Should I take it? It would save me the hassles of parting out, transporting engine to freight, having to deal with people, warranty issues, etc, etc.

I lose some, but I bet I gain it back in my time and headache. Thoughts? Part of me WANTS to tear it apart bolt by bolt just for the hell of it, but my wife has forbidden me to leave it in the yard and won't give up her spot in the garage. I am walking on eggshells with her because after all, I am getting the new car......
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Question for all, I have my local salvage guy with an as is offer of $2500 cash. Should I take it? It would save me the hassles of parting out, transporting engine to freight, having to deal with people, warranty issues, etc, etc.

I lose some, but I bet I gain it back in my time and headache. Thoughts? Part of me WANTS to tear it apart bolt by bolt just for the hell of it, but my wife has forbidden me to leave it in the yard and won't give up her spot in the garage. I am walking on eggshells with her because after all, I am getting the new car......
If you can live with the offer, TAKE IT! Quick cash is always preferable over having a bunch of tire kickers coming over your house. Could you part it out and make more? Sure, but it may take a while. BTW congrats on the new car!
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Just about everything in life is a compromise of some sort....as much as it goes against my better judgement, I would have to say take the money and be done with it. Tough choice for sure, but balancing your sanity and the peace & harmony of your household is more important than money.
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Just about everything in life is a compromise of some sort....as much as it goes against my better judgement, I would have to say take the money and be done with it. Tough choice for sure, but balancing your sanity and the peace & harmony of your household is more important than money.
Yea, I feel the same as you and SJbimmer. I mean, if the engine gets installed and then for some crazy reason explodes, I don't have to worry about someone coming after me for $$. Same with trans and so forth. Kinda sucks to lose $1200 or so, but oh well.

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Think he'd negotiate the price, perhaps as your preferred parts vendor (for non-consumables) on the cars you assist? I'm sure he's run the same numbers as you, and will stand to have a wider margin than you anticipate for the part-out. Heck, he may even want it for himself if he knows how you've maintained it.
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Why don't you try putting the car on Craigslist for $3200 and see what happens. You can even use all of your Bimmerfest friends here as references.....
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Why don't you try putting the car on Craigslist for $3200 and see what happens. You can even use all of your Bimmerfest friends here as references.....
I'd feel guilty selling it for that much. It isn't worth it with all the problems it has and all the work it needs. Selling it for parts, or to a place that will sell it for parts, lets the good stuff find homes and the bad stuff go to the crusher. Cool thing is, I can go and watch it be crushed (and video it for all to see!).
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Question for all, I have my local salvage guy with an as is offer of $2500 cash. Should I take it? It would save me the hassles of parting out, transporting engine to freight, having to deal with people, warranty issues, etc, etc.

I lose some, but I bet I gain it back in my time and headache. Thoughts? Part of me WANTS to tear it apart bolt by bolt just for the hell of it, but my wife has forbidden me to leave it in the yard and won't give up her spot in the garage. I am walking on eggshells with her because after all, I am getting the new car......
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After all that work you would allow the vehicle to be crushed or salvaged? I would list it on craigslist for about $3500 and see what people thought it's worth. Let them test drive, do a PPI and offer no warranty.
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After all that work you would allow the vehicle to be crushed or salvaged? I would list it on craigslist for about $3500 and see what people thought it's worth. Let them test drive, do a PPI and offer no warranty.
This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^*would* be the better choice....no sense giving the car away after all that work.
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This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^*would* be the better choice....no sense giving the car away after all that work.
I agree, BUT, it has a radiator leak and the low coolant light comes on after a day of driving. The front tires are BALD and the steering wheel shakes pretty badly at speed as a result. The ABS, ASC, and BRAKE lights are on because the ABS pump is bad, the CEL is on ALWAYS because the car thinks it is an automatic (throws codes for auto trans "issues"), the brakes are down to the nubs, and the interior is trashed. And yes, the trans, subframe, engine, and so forth are rock solid, the other stuff is just enough to scare away anyone with $3500. And let's not forget the driver side airbag is a "dummy" so that isn't working either.

I bet you all feel differently now don't you?
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Can you negotiate with the salvage yard to get it up closer to $3,000-$3,200? If not, I say avoid all the selling hassles and just bite the bullet and take his best offer of $2,500 or better.
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Can you negotiate with the salvage yard to get it up closer to $3,000-$3,200? If not, I say avoid all the selling hassles and just bite the bullet and take his best offer of $2,500 or better.
Or, $2500 cash, plus maybe a thou in parts toward future repairs ?
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Whatever you decide to do with the 323 I'm sure you'll make the right decision. Personally I would also recommend posting it on craigslist etc selling it as is. Although the quick cash to pay part of the new car is always good as well. So all in all it really depends on how much time and effort you want to spend selling the 323.
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