1st Gen FTW - It's AutoMedic!
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Garrison, ND
I had a 533i, 1984 model. Gloss black paint, custom gold multi spoke (20ish?) wheels (18 front, 19 rear, wide width rear) with summer tires, 17" matched rims with winter tires (cheaper brand wheels, but same design), red leather interior, fully cleaned and functional with original Blaupunkt premium audio, and trip computer with electric pre-heated interior... 3.3L electronic fuel injected with a 5 speed. It would hook up and redline at 80mph in 2nd gear, with room to go...
Radiator had been replaced, and the AC Condenser had been installed with out properly anchoring it - but the compressor wasn't locked up. New condenser wasn't that much money, but didn't get it done. Had a spring perch rust through on the passenger front strut, collapsing at 75mph on the interstate - fortunately just barely scuffing the tire - repaired it with two exhaust clamps on the side of the road, and lasted forever. The car had been hit in the rear, and so the previous owner removed the rear bumper... best mod EVER for that car. The car had the factory tool kit hanging from the inside of the trunk lid, complete except for one tool. Full size rim-matching spare, both summer and winter versions.
NO RUST ON THE CAR, all good glass (windshield may have been cracked, can't remember).
Greatest car I ever had - but it was too small. I had one child, with a second one on the way - the back seat was hard enough to put ONE kid in (hard for the adult to get back there to buckle the kid in), and no AC at the time - and it didn't get the gas mileage I wanted out of a 5-speed car, even when I drove it nice... So, up for sale it went.
Bought the car for $500 (pure stroke of luck, right place, right time, etc), bought the winter tires from the previous owner before the guy I bought the car from for $300... Owned the car for 2 years and did minimal maintenance on it, and sold it for $1000 keeping the winter tires and extra spare.
I MUST find pictures of the car - not many were taken though.