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      05-26-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Buying a 3.0CS

I am driving down to San Diego this weekend to check out a 3.0CL that was listed on Craigslist a few weeks ago. The car looks amazingly well preserved inside and out, seats, dashboard, paint, etc. (although seats are a hideous brown leather) at least in the photos. The seller claims 75K miles (it's a 1972). I was wondering if anyone could tell me what are the known issues for this model and what should I watch out for?

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rust

you can hear them rusting in your garage, check it out real well, rust loves to hide
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Thanks I will look at floor panels under the carpet and the wheel archs. Any other areas?
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door sills, shock towers, and the corners of the fenders
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Remember this about rust, what's considered bad rust in Cali (where you are) woudl be considered clean, showroom fresh sheetmetal here on the east coast. lol!

The E9 is getting rather hard to find parts for. Your best bet is to head over to the http://www.e9coupe.com/ forums.

Absolutely stunning cars, though..

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Wow.....would love to cruise in one of those. That just looks sooooo good. That is one of the things I love about BMW......some models have a certain timeless demeanor to them. No matter how old they are, if they are well kept their style still endures and looks classy.

I even think that nice looking clean e28s are great looking cars even though they are approaching 25 years old.

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I have one too. You don't want to see the before pictures...

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damn...they do look nice..
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Added to the list Thanks!

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Remember this about rust, what's considered bad rust in Cali (where you are) woudl be considered clean, showroom fresh sheetmetal here on the east coast. lol!
Yeah with the snow and salt on the roads all winter! This guy claims there is NO rust but we will see. I am ok with a little rust as long as nothing is falling off and it isn't in places that are hard to repair, like door sills.

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Looks amazing! This one is Baikal Blue (I think?) which is lighter. I was thinking about redoing the seats in black but now that I saw your car I think tan would look better than black!
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Looks amazing! This one is Baikal Blue (I think?) which is lighter. I was thinking about redoing the seats in black but now that I saw your car I think tan would look better than black!
It is Nachtblau.
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me what are the known issues for this model and what should I watch out for?
Two of the worst rust spots are above the fuse block and in front of the glove compartment. Open the door below the far left of the dash and look at the firewall above the fuse block. Gently poke at the metal to see if there is any rust or perforations. Do the same to the metal above and in front of the glove compartment.

There is a design issue where sand from the front tires gets into an almost closed area in front of the firewall. The wet and simetimes salty sand really eats the metal. You can check the sand level by turning the wheels to the left and reaching into the fender area above and behind the wheel. You should find a sheet metal brace that goes from the strut tower to the firewall. There is a triangular opening in the brace. Stick your fingers through the triangular opening and see how much sand and rust is in there.
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Definitely buyer a back-issue of Bimmer Magazine that has the E9 Buyer's Guide in it. It'll let you know everything to look for in these classic bimmers.
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Update: I went there to check out the car and there was SO MUCH rust on it, all in hidden spots, some of which I wouldn't have looked at if it wasn't for this post! It also had new (white) CA plates and turned out to be a WA car. So I am back in the market to find another one.
Thanks everyone for the help!
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Rust has ruined a few purchases for me as well. :-( Maybe thats a good thing b/c I dont have the space for another car.
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