1997 BMW 528i
I currently own a 1997 BMW 528I. I bought this car in an auction for $533. The car was originally wrecked. The side doors, and hood was smashed, plus the left headlight was shattered. I’ve been working on this car for a while now. I drove it from Dunn, North Carolina to Raleigh, North Carolina with my homie Andres. While we were speeding down the highway 10 minutes away from my house I ended up popping a tire. Thank god for friends! Because we ended up playing soccer on the side of the highway until the tow truck came.
Once I got everything registered. I found a 1998 BMW 528I on craigslist for parts. My uncle and I went to the sellers house and stripped the side doors, fender, and headlights from the car. We put all the parts in my car and drove it back to my house. We replaced the side doors, fender, and rewired the door panels by hand.
A couple days later I called up my homie and drove to Greensboro, North Carolina to pick up a free hood I seen on Facebook. I ended up paying the guy $5 for some rope to tie the hood on top of my car, and drive it back to Raleigh, North Carolina. We installed the hood and since I didn’t like the bumper I replaced it with a custom one.
My uncle and I didn’t wire the driver side door properly, so I was hopping out the sun roof until I got it fixed. When I went to the mechanic he told me I had to replace the inner tie rods, outer tie rods, struts, and rack and pinion. So I went to Blue Flame Muffler And Tire Center and got all that done. Those guys are great! Its hands down my favorite shop to go to for tires and wheel alignments.
After getting all that work done I had to test it out. On the 4th of July I drove to Wilmington, North Carolina to hang out on Masonboro Island. I actually made it there and back with no problems besides a broken phone and a wet camera. A couple weeks later I was driving back home from a photoshoot, and my check engine light came on. Which is a deal breaker for most people. I did my research and talked to people about which cars to buy, but a new car eventually has the same problems, and I don’t want to go through that with another car. After getting it checked out I realized I’m better off getting it fixed then paying triple, or quadruple the parts and labor price for another vehicle, not including what I already paid to get it this far. “Momma didn’t raise no quitter” right!
If you own a BMW or know some one that owns a BMW, they’ll tell you its an expensive car to maintain no matter the model or condition. Their usually referring to natural stuff like how my back window regulator stopped working, which cost $300 to fix, and my interior lights went out, which Isn’t that expensive. I just got so frustrated with fixing it that I just left it how it is. Most of the problems I’ve had with this car was because of the wreck, and I usually spent around $600 to fix the problem. One of my pet peeves with mechanics and car enthusiast is when they throw out OEM dealer prices. I live in the USA its a melting pot full of people from all over the world, with different talents and trades. So there’s other options out there. A dealer once quoted me a $1000 to get serviced for a $100 job. Unless your going through an insurance company or have the money on hand its best to explore your options.
I enjoy owning and driving my 1997 BMW 528I. All it needs is a paint job and some more custom parts. This car and body style is something I’ve always wanted. Even though people tell me to sell it. I probably wont because I’m looking forward to seeing it fully moded.