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the other ct

The end?

After six years I think the time has come for goodbye. My 525i failed it's MOT on a couple of things the biggest being brake lines. They could be fixed for 350 but there's a tyre to be replaced ( a pair if I was keeping), the small matter of the thirst for oil, and a sticky clutch (which could be the slave cylinder, however after 173k probably the release bearing).

Disappointed that I will only get scrap value doesn't look like a old banger to me.

PhilD

Re: The end?

the other ct wrote:
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Disappointed that I will only get scrap value doesn't look like a old banger to me.



Far from it!
Resident Spanner

If I'd:

a) Got any money spare and
b) Didn't already have 3 cars parked up in various states of repair to get back on the road.

Then I'd have had that off you in a heartbeat for scrap money - stick it on the owners clubs, someone must want a fixer-upper when the body and interior is that good.
Martin

Terrible if that goes to the scrap man, looks in great condition
TreVoR

I'm skint and if I bought another car I would not be much longer for this world.
Frank Bullitt

All those repairs - a grand? I'd sell it spares or repairs on an E39 forum.

Way too nice to scrap, I've seen 'sarf-London-esque' E39 shit-boxes that live and look way, way worse
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
All those repairs - a grand? I'd sell it spares or repairs on an E39 forum.

Way too nice to scrap, I've seen 'sarf-London-esque' E39 shit-boxes that live and look way, way worse


Agree, or Ebay as spares or repairs.
Stuntman

That car is not ready to die.
Sav

I concur with others, that still looks fabulous.
PG

The bodywork and exterior look amazing, so I assume the interior is as good. In which case it has to worth more then scrap value to somebody. As said, try eBay.
Resident Spanner

Frank Bullitt wrote:
All those repairs - a grand? I'd sell it spares or repairs on an E39 forum.

Way too nice to scrap, I've seen 'sarf-London-esque' E39 shit-boxes that live and look way, way worse


Couple of hundred quid if they DIY it.
JohnC

But why take buttons for it when 1,000 would have it up and running for another year or two.

Whatever you replace it with is unlikely to give you motoring any cheaper and once it's fixed and with an MOT you would likely get just about all the repair money back in increased value.
Stuntman

^^^ Indeed.
Tim

That looks stunning

If it's going for peanuts I might be interested - I could probably use a spare bodyshell and panels for my M5  
the other ct

Thanks for all your kind words, I've had a lot of similar remarks from people but no one seems to want it!

It is now on ebay so I'm sure I'll hear from some interesting people over the next few days. The replacement will probably be a cheap Hyundai Coupe (the reasonably good looking one) that's been looked after, Mondeo, Accord or Lexus IS250. Which sounds to good to be true especially as it looks pretty filthy in the photos.
Grampa

I would investigate the oil usage - if the engine's not about to give up, I would fix all the other things on the basis that you're unlikely to get another car as good for 1000.

I intend to keep my Scirocco for a long time yet and I will no doubt get to the point where I have to spend more on it than it's actually worth - but I will do so.
JohnC

At the 1000 level I would say it is far better the devil you know than the one that is potentially hiding even bigger problems. You could end up spending 1,000 on a car and then having to spend the same again to fix it.
Tim

JohnC wrote:
At the 1000 level I would say it is far better the devil you know than the one that is potentially hiding even bigger problems. You could end up spending 1,000 on a car and then having to spend the same again to fix it.


+1
Look at the X5 thread to see my brother in law's example - he bought one for 5k and spent the same again (possibly more) to carry out preventative maintenance (which you'll know if your 5 series has had) and to fix it up.
He still doesn't have anything better than an average one.
Roadsterstu

I'm another of the spend and keep or get more than scrap by selling on to someone who wants one via a club or forum opinion.

I'm getting a little dissatisfied with the V50 at the moment but I can't see a stronger argument for selling over keeping. Ive spent a fair bit and will need to spend more in the next few weeks but for what it is and what it does, I may as well keep it.
Blarno

Whereas I'm refusing to spend money on the Postbox unless it is absolutely gun-to-my-head necessary.
Roadsterstu

Getting my front passenger door unlocked is rather necessary. Sadly it's now at the dealer or specialist stage and beyond what I can do with it - it's deadlocked. I've stripped the door down with it shut, but I just cannot release the locking actuator. The lower control arm bushes are buggered too. Now, I could do them myself but it's a time/space/weather issue.
the other ct

I'm not keeping it. It will be going for 400 to Lithuanian lorry driver from Peterborough or a guy with an E39 fetish. He has eight at the minute and wants to sort it out then replace the engine with one that's got 80k - sounds a lot of work to me!

Realistically I could spend money getting it through the MoT and a pair of tyres and only make 600ish profit so I don't feel too bad.

The Lexus was pretty manky, but it had only one previous owner, full dealer history (the last warm chamois experience was only a month ago) and was 1500 less than similar cars.  



The interior will be a pain to clean, it's an alcantara type material and although it looks like light/shadows it really is that dirty!
 
Chris M Wanted a V-10

You could try steam cleaning the seats and floor mats.
Mind you, if that's all that is "wrong" with it then it's not much to complain about.

I like the wheels on it very much.
Frank Bullitt

That drivers seat does look like Bob parked himself there straight after a Warm Champis Treatment a few times. Very nice though - presume it's a petrol? Friend of mine has the 2.2d and reckons it's a bag of bolts and top is only good for 85+
Martin

You need to call Richard Tipper, he'd sort that!

Agree about the 2.2, I had one when my 520d was in for bodywork repairs and it was dreadful.
Stuntman

Richard Tipper would charge pretty much what the other ct received for the Beemer
the other ct

I'm glad I didn't post a photo of the exhaust tips, don't want people having nightmares!

It's a petrol 250. I hope I'll get it clean with minimal expense but expecting it'll take some effort. After searching ending up on detailing sites, shudder, I've ordered some Koch-Chemie Pol Star (Po). Which sound very Germanic and impressive so I'll be disappointed if it doesn't get the interior looking great. Just need to get a pressure sprayer and wallpaper paste brush from poundland now.
JohnC

the other ct wrote:
Just need to get a pressure sprayer and wallpaper paste brush from poundland now.


For the inside? That sounds like something they might have done on Top Gear a few years ago.
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
the other ct wrote:
Just need to get a pressure sprayer and wallpaper paste brush from poundland now.


For the inside? That sounds like something they might have done on Top Gear a few years ago.


There's something about a certain vintage of Lexus which would suit being wall papered!
gonnabuildabuggy

Is it worth looking for replacement seats on Ebay?
Nice Guy Eddie

Looks a cracker! Loving the colour too.

Good luck with the spring clean, make sure you do a before and after.
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:
That drivers seat does look like Bob parked himself there straight after a Warm Champis Treatment a few times. Very nice though - presume it's a petrol? Friend of mine has the 2.2d and reckons it's a bag of bolts and top is only good for 85+


My mind boggles..

Alcantara is not a very nice material even when new - we had Audis with it and it never looks good and has a strange greasy feel to it..

I had 2.2d IS when mine was in for a service and they were dogs - you could tell Lexus were not really bothered about diesels and didn't see a future in them. Getting back into a petrol auto was like night and day.

The Red is a lovely colour and the alloys look smart. A bit of elbow grease and you'll have a cracker there, that model IS is still a great looking car.
Roadsterstu

Used leather interior from Ebay.
PG

The exterior and rest of the interior looks in great condition. Must have been owned by somebody who never changed their jeans for 10 years.

But being a Lexus, then seats should come up like new if you put the effort in. A lot of effort.

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