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Discussion Starter #1
Well this is my seond bimmer in 3 months first one coming to a sad and abrupt end for more info see the thread below

Now onto the 318's replacement.

After I decided the 318 was not worth the money or time repairing:frown I was on the look out for another cheap runabout. After hours of trawling through pistonheads, ebay, autotrader and the local newspaper I found two cars

a 1997 VW Passat 1.8T 100K FSH £500 4 month MOT
a 1995 BMW 518 100k FSH 8 month MOT £475

My head said go with the BMW but my heart missed a turbo so I was torn! I decided to be sensible and go for the 518 I text the guy saying I was on my way (40min journey) about 20 minutes into my journey he texts me saying he has sold it because he couldnt be bothered waiting for me :jaw-dropping P***K!

So the passat it was.....or was it. I had bid on a 1996 520i SE in Blue (montreal I think) full MOT some service history and immaculate outside but a mint dirty inside. My max bid was £550 but seeing the average price of a 520 I wasn't holding much hope. Just as I was about to ring the guy to arrange a time for collection of the passat my phone beeps and its an email from eBay comfiming I have won this for the grand total of £530:

Sorry for the shocking pictures but I have lost the lead for my digital camera so will post some better ones after a clean and finding the lead!

The previous owner said he bought it to strip to fix his sisters, but then thought it was to nice to break so whacked an MOT on it for which it needed

  1. 2 rear tyres
  2. anti-roll bar
  3. backbox
And a few other things i can't remember. The mileage is 137k which is steep but its a bimmer so i'm thinking she should be good for atleast another 70-80k provided I take car of her.

She also came with a spare alloy with a brand new tyre on it, private number plate included K16JGS which will be up for sale to fund toys if anyone is interested?

Now to the bad bits which all cars have:

  • small stone chip near rear drivers window
  • 3 cigarette burns
  • airbag light on
  • armrest hinge snapped
  • bit of a whine from the powersteering when going round corners at speed
  • crack in the rear drivers light lense
  • condensation in the front passenger light lense
  • radio always seems to be full volume and balance max to the left on start up
  • key fob is vile and abused
  • interior needs a massive clean!
  • remote central locking not working
  • airlock in the system
  • coolant leak from expansion chamber/pipe/clamp
  • fog lights missing
  • leather door cards but no seats?
  • bulb gone on interior light
  • rear heated window not working
As these things get fixed they will be crossed off of the list (I have no idea how to cross things out so ill just make them red once they are sorted lol :thumbsup

No i know they are not massive jobs im just being picky! Im guessing that the previous owner took the leather seats and foglights and fitted them to his sisters car, so they are on my shopping list along with the following things:

  • CCFL's
  • Fog lights#
  • leather seats
  • New wheels (no idea which ones yet)
  • clear side repeaters
  • clear indy covers for headlights
  • coilovers
  • remap from End 150hp-163hp
  • new key fob buttons
  • new arm rest
  • m5 rear lights
  • maybe an M5 front bumper
  • new oil cap maybe an M style one
    • Non smokers kit
As its my daily and my mrs has just been made redundant this will be a very slow project thread sorry guys so please be patient!

Thanks For looking

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Discussion Starter #2
Right so after sitting in the car for around 20 mins trying to get my remote central locking to work i was successful! Hurrah!

Then I moved onto my airlock. Bleed the system and we are running prefect again!

Checked the fuses in the boot and the rear window de-mister one was dead so replaced and all working! Woop!

Also ordered some replacement buttons for my fob from for £3.75 which i will pick up later and will post before and after pictures.

But now i have another problem :(

Hence not going to the post office to collect my new fob buttons! Im currently waiting on my mrs coming home so that i can drop off the car at the garage and then go get my fob buttons!

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Discussion Starter #3
anyone have any idea how to change ths bulb? do i have to remove the whole thing or the glass/plastic bit?
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