At first glance this BMW isn’t looking so bad, but the closer I get the worse things turn out to be. This car came to us with the customer complaint that it ‘felt a little loose’ in the front end of the car. ‘Loose’ is quite an understatement as the control arm bushings are about ready to fall out of the car. The typical 3 Series BMW in San Diego will need new control arm bushings in the 55k range as the roads are a bit harsh and the bushings take a beating. He’s got about 120k on the clock so instead of doing the second set of bushings, he still needs the first. This is the least of my concerns for this sad car . . .
When a BMW has a windshield with a massive crack, it speaks volumes about the lack of care and/or respect that the car receives. A crack like this takes weeks to develop, but I’m sure it has been there for over a year. It makes the car look like shit, not to mention that it is illegal to drive around like this in San Diego.
For some reason these cars are always dropped off after hours. I’m starting to think that the owners are so embarrassed that they don’t want to see the look on my face when they show up. I’ve got a 17 year old sister that would kill for this car, unfortunately this car has just been killed its whole life.
As usual, I have to find the key, and of course, the battery is dead. So I go to the trunk and find out that the battery isn’t actually dead, it’s just not there. Who does this?
It never ceases to amaze me how fast someone can make a $45,000 car turn into a total pile of shit.
I got to work pretty early yesterday morning, a little before 7am . . . I like to get to the shop early. It’s quiet and I can get a lot done before the phones start ringing and the cars start coming in. I was greeted by this little number sitting dead smack in front of the gate, a 1998 BMW 528i, or e39 in BMW lingo, and I already know it’s a total pile of crap.