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Old 12-10-2018, 11:16 AM
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I think he outsourced the work to BT
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Since this thread is a couple years old, a quick recap:

In Jan 2016 my daughter got her license and needed a car to drive to school. My requirements for this car were (1) manual transmission and (2) I liked working on it. That led me to picking up this 1999 328i off Craigslist for $1300:



To be completely honest, I was really pretty naive when I got this. Known issues were: tires, brakes, windshield, rear dif bushing, and SES light cause (I presumed) by a broken MAF-to-throttle body boot. So maybe another $1500 in parts and for < $3k she'd have a solid, manual transmission car to drive. So I jumped in with both feet and ordered a lot of parts:



Rebuilt brakes:



Fixed cosmetic issues:



and test drove. Still had the SES light even after replacing the intake boots, and I knew the dif bushing was an issue. Looks like my inital cost estimates were off and the car was going to need more time and money. I was weary of diving in on this project with a car that had 220k on the clock, so I did a leakdown and compression test and the numbers were unbelievable:

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Old 12-10-2018, 02:23 PM
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Since the engine was strong, I figured the car was worth fixing (this point can be debated later). To address the SES light, I decided to replace all the rubber under the hood. I bought lots of things:




took everything apart:



and replace anything rubber under the hood:

- Rebuild the VANOS
- Replace cooling system: pump, thermostat, hardlines, rubber lines
- Replace CCV, injector seals, intake/valve cover gaskets
- Replace all rubber fuel lines and fuel pump
- Replace power steering lines
- Replace all vacuum lines and SAP hoses

With that done I decided to tackle the rear suspension bushings. You see in the first picks my car is parked on ramps over a low rise lift. Well, I'm over 40 so a low rise lift isn't cutting it for doing the rear end work, so I had a two post lift installed:



Pulled the rear suspension:



Replaced all the bushings:



Found some dreaded subframe cracking:



And welded in reinforcement:



So that's where this thread left off. Next up: final drive and rear suspension.
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:35 PM
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Thanks, Jazz. As always, a fine write-up!
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Damn Chris. You hate free time. Nice going.
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Great work. Never know what a project is going to cost. I always figure on 150 percent of my initial thoughts and then hope for the best.
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