Date registered: Oct 2012
Location: Bellingham WA
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Thanks Direct LA. This car kind of just happened to me. The guy bought it on E-Bay as a "Daily Driver." He brought it to my shop and casually reported that the previous owner had replaced the timing chain as if it was a Toyota timing belt maintenance replacement. "The engine is making some noise," he said. "And when I changed the oil it came out all silvery."
Well the long and short of it is that the engine was miles from coming apart and when I told him what it would cost he asked if I knew anyone who would part it out. $800 later two years ago I had this 190 2.3-16 destined for more parts and labor than the car was really worth.Today however I now have a "Daily Driver," and am anticipating track time at Pacific Raceway with some of my BMW owner friends.