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  • DW917
    started a topic Need to get E30 M3 running again

    Need to get E30 M3 running again

    Hello,

    I have a 90 M3 that has been sitting in a garage for 20+ years due to my priorities shifting with school and then family. Now I need to move it due to the space it was stored at is no longer an option for me.

    Prior to the car sitting in a garage, the car was driven on the weekend without any issues. (I think the only thing at that time that needed replacement was the left lower control arm LOL)

    The car has 112K on the odometer from the last time it was driven and started. I am going to have the car towed to a new location for storage and sale once I clean it up a bit and give it an overall check.

    My question is, since this car has been sitting for so many years, what should my check list entail to get this car road worthy again?

    I disconnected the battery at the time of storage, but what should I tackle in terms of items like flushing fluids and an oil change? What about the gas in the tank, should I add fuel additives?

    If I were to bring this to shop in northern California, what am I looking at for an average cost to give the car a once over and perform the above mentioned steps to get road worthy again providing nothing else is discovered.

    Sorry and one last questions guys, does anyone know of a few reputable shops in N. California (bay area)

    Thanks forum!
    DW917

  • /\/\ III
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    How's this coming along

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    How's this project coming along

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  • njboy
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    If it was stored in a well sealed garage thatís a plus. Check for rodent infestation and chewed wires. Etc. Mice love to nest on top of the ECU over the glove box.
    I bet if youíre not interested in driving the car take a look at putting it up for sale on Bring-a-Trailer and set a reserve.

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  • Konig
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    I'm not familiar with that shop.

  • Dave @nz
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    Would you be interested in doing some of the low level servicing work yourself and depending on how that is going then make a decision if a workshop input is required.
    What I mean low level is engine oil and filter, air filter, spark plugs, battery, tyre pressures, anti freeze etc.

    The other thing is you could start purchasing the known servicing items you require that is what I do and when I have spare time in the winter months I do the repairs.

    Another way of looking at it is brake it down to systems and work through each system then on to the next,
    ie: cooling system, brakes, charging, fuel, lubrication, ignition etc.

    There is plenty of help on how to questions on the forum.
    Dave

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  • DW917
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    Konig-thank you for the shop recommendations. Have you or anyone you know of dealt with a shop call Bryoko Motosports. I have driven by this place time to time and it looks like they specialize in BMWs.

    Mlytle-Thank you for posting the pictures of what 18+ years of a car sitting can look like on the inside. A long road ahead of me for sure.

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  • mlytle
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    Originally posted by irdave View Post

    How much of that, do you think, was from sitting vs what maybe was original brake fluid? Holy crap dude.

    it was not the original fluid...system had been flushed before a track day...20years ago. that is just from age. i have almost identical pictures from a 325e i saved that had 20yr brake fluid in it.
    (long thread on that 325e on the 2002faq)

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  • irdave
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    Originally posted by mlytle View Post
    just a hint of what may lie in your car.

    this was the in tank pump pulled from my car after it had been parked for ~18 years with 1/3 tank of gas...............

    and the fuel level "dipstick"....


    and a brake caliper


    and the brake fluid.


    and the brake pads actually rusted off the backing plates.
    How much of that, do you think, was from sitting vs what maybe was original brake fluid? Holy crap dude.


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  • mlytle
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    just a hint of what may lie in your car.

    this was the in tank pump pulled from my car after it had been parked for ~18 years with 1/3 tank of gas...............



    and the fuel level "dipstick"....



    and a brake caliper



    and the brake fluid.


    and the brake pads actually rusted off the backing plates.

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  • Konig
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/829644400405794/

    Not seeing my signature on my own post, so here's the link in case.

  • Konig
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    In the bay area, the shop/expert of choice is Bill Arnold up in San Rafael. If you're further south, I like Motorspeed West in Santa Clara. Otherwise Edge Motorworks in Mountain View, Carbahn (Steve Dinan's new shop). Out toward Sacramento you would do well with HMB Motorwerks.

    If you're on Facebook, we have a great local community of owners - see link in my signature.

    In fact, a local owner just went through a very similar body of work:
    https://s14net.vbulletin.net/forum/s...ing-again-long

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  • DW917
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    Thanks guys for all your input on reviving my M3.

    It looks like I have a long road ahead of me for getting the car road-worthy again or opting to sell as is.

    My next task is a try to find a good mechanic or shop in the bay area to get some pricing.

    I am sure this forum will be hearing from me a lot more as questions come up, thank you all again for your guidance.

    DW917

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  • mwagner10702
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    Assuming mlytle labor hours apply in your case I'd figure $10,000 - $12,500 just in labor. You could be well into $15,000 to make this poor car roadworthy. You didn't make mention of the interior or exterior which I assume will need some restoration as well. Hard to put a current value on the car without pictures and more information. I've seen cars with your mileage on them sell from between $35k and $60k depending upon condition. I've seen engine-less shells sell in the range of $25k - $35k.

    Prices are on the up so unless there as a catastrophic issue (i.e. seized engine), I think you could spend the money to make the car roadworthy and get your money back and more. Again, much depends on the condition of the interior and exterior.

    From Hagerty:

    Sounds like yours is presently below #4 since it is a non-runner.


    Click image for larger version  Name:	Value.JPG Views:	1 Size:	82.2 KB ID:	1278794

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  • mlytle
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    if you have a GOOD shop do the work, i would guess between $5k and $15k. (if i charged myself $100/hr for my own labor, i would be at $10k so far, not counting parts...)

    too many variables to say anthing about "break even".

    without it known to be in running condition ("ran when parked" does not count), the resale value will be much lower.

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