On a brighter note... last fall, an old friend passed away, and his wife asked me for some help disposing of his odd collection of vehicles. Two were running, an 86 BMW 635 and an 82 diesel G-Wagen (wanted it, but couldn't afford it). The third one wasn't running - an 85 190 16v. He was rather proud of that one, it still had all of the Euro gear on it (Swiss gray market import), Ronal R9's, and the dogleg 5 speed.
It was a sad sight sitting in a barn all covered with dust, squatting on flat tires, probably will get broken up for parts, but when I looked it over, I found... no rust, electricals all worked, 81k miles, even compression, just not getting any fuel. Not nearly as dead as it looked. I didn't need another non running car, but the little Benz made me an offer I couldn't refuse: save me from the parts bin, and I won't break anything expensive on you.
So I ended up buying it for a relative pittance ($1500) because I didn't want to see my buddy's pride and joy get broken up for parts. Four months and another $1000 later, most of that newer seats and a right side skirt to replace the cracked one, and it's running great.
And it kept it's end of the deal, nothing expensive has broken. Thought that I'd have to replace the fuel distributor ($$$) but found that a few hours in an ultrasonic cleaner cleared out what was clogging it up, and it zips right to the 7k redline now.
Can't save 'em all, but I did save this one.
Oh, here's the running blog I kept on the W201 forum: