OK, so I bought a 1990 Car in 2014 and it had 200,000 miles on it. It was only $2000 so I paid cash, and I trusted the guy who sold it to me. It has been in the shop so much that in the past 9 months I have only put 3000 miles on it.
I didn't expect it to be perfect, I new it would take some work, but this has been ruinous for me. $800 for a windshied came with the $2000 price, but I've put in about $4000 of work on the thing. I'm honestly terrified to drive it lest something else break. It has dumped it's coolant all over the freeway, it has caught fire, it has stopped moving in traffic at rush hour, the air conditioning doesn't work.
I expected things to break but the problem is all the pieces that break are old and specialized. They are hard to find. If this was an old Ford I could get parts at a junkyard, but these have to come from Germany sometimes.
I couldn't resist discounted price of 12 cents on dollar compared to new price for 12 yr. old BMW in almost perfect condition in/out, & only 106K miles on clock. Yes, gas is a downside with avg. of 16/22, but car makes you grin every time you drive. Handles like a dream, lane changes at speed are a trip!!! I do my own work on it, manual and multimeter in hand. Wish I had small hands, only minimal space under bonnet. Devil of time tracking cooling leak (hole in the coolant resevoir); A/C went 1 year after purchase; torque conv. crashed after 3 years, otherwise very few problems. Aftermarket parts abound with research, but still PRICEY. Styling is timeless. Luxury and POWER!!
A favorite feature must be the handling. For a big heavy car, it drives and moves like a much smaller sports car. The huge back seat area is perfect for passenger comfort. The powerful V-12 is still the very best feature. Put your foot into it and everyone else is in your rearview mirrow.
More access to technical data. BMW restricts data from everyone, except Bentley Publishing, so you are forced to take car to them for repair, find a specialist in BMWs, or do the work yourself. Other foreign MFGR's moving in this direction, too, which a shame for those of us who like DIY.
We purchased this car back in 2001 and it has been pretty good for us. Things have gone out include a bearing on the water pump a crack in one of the fuel lines which caused it to drip on the exhaust headers! And various electrical gremlins have plagged the car but other than those it has been a great car. Very fast for its size. Mine is a 90 and it has things like a 6 disc cd changer and all power seats and a completely electronic engine. Others have had a lot more things go worng so my adive is if your not a car person you'll become one. Dealer charges way too much and i have found many helpgul sites for making repairs. Overall do some research before buying.
That 12 is a beast. Hits 60 in about 6.5 seconds and that aint bad for its size. Things like intermittent wipers and a self leveling suspension are prett cool!
Reliability. I have not had as many problems as others have had. Gas mileage but i find driving in economy rather than sport will really increase your mpg's. i am getiing roughly 17.5-18 mpg driving in economy. Other than that this car holds up to todays standards for luxury.
This is an excellent car for the price
in today's market. It has numerous
features that are shared with few cars
today. The fuel economy (14/20mpg)
is decent for a car of this size
(4,800lbs.) and motor (304cid V12).
This is certainly one of the most
entertaining cars I have owned thanks
to it's OBC and electronic-hydraulic
transmission. Unfortunately my car was
totaled from flood damage about a
month ago with 183,000 miles on the
Sweet 5.0L V12 is powerfull and
reliable, OBC informs you of fuel
consumption, needed repairs, and much
more. You can even set a code so that
others cannot start the car without
the code, even if they have the key.
electronic repairs are sometimes
needed, are expensive, and few can
work on these cars. More reliable
computer components might help to
solve this problem.
What a car! Here is a chance to
purchase a car that went for over
$70,000 for 10 cents on the dollar.
The features this car has rivals
current luxury cars and it's 12 years
old. The pickup is tremendous for a
car its size, and it is the most
comfortable car I've ever owned. A
pleasure to drive on multi hour trips.
A must buy!!