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Everything about that car screams "money pit" to me.

Possible head gasket issues, leaking oil and pretty much neglected everywhere else.

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Boot cannot open  --> dead body?

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This ones stuffed, end game #scrap

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6 hours ago, Michael. said:

Very nice engine, but I don't know if $4k is considered 'cheap'.

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4 hours ago, zero said:

Very nice engine, but I don't know if $4k is considered 'cheap'.

Yeah haha, it's relative for what they go for though. Could prob find one cheaper if you did some hard searching. 

Not a bad way to go for 320hp / 490nm though. 

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23 hours ago, qube said:

Boot cannot open  --> dead body?

Don't start that one again. Although a big old 7 series like this does scream "drug dealer car" so maybe a body or could be the stash? Let's go halves and find out which one!

As for the Toyota V12 being cheap - if you think BMW Original Parts are expensive, Toyota can take things to another level for the less common stuff. And that was even with a hefty discount!!

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4 hours ago, E30 325i Rag-Top said:

 if you think BMW Original Parts are expensive, Toyota can take things to another level for the less common stuff. And that was even with a hefty discount!!

Actually - they're not cheap for the common stuff either!

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Every time i hear someone crying about BMW parts being expensive i ask them when was the last time you went to their dealer for parts. Answer is almost always never.

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Went into Coombes Johnson one day just as the parts manager got off the phone from pricing up a tail light for a Prado, heard him muttering something like "...f**king ridiculous" under his breath 😄 I notice Toyota has "voluntarily" undergone a, erm... pricing review on their dealership spare parts inside China, the Chow government ran a review on prices from foreign owned companies in various areas inside their economy and invited Toyota to reconsider.

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8 hours ago, E30 325i Rag-Top said:

 

As for the Toyota V12 being cheap - if you think BMW Original Parts are expensive, Toyota can take things to another level for the less common stuff. And that was even with a hefty discount!!

BMW parts at times are ridiculous, CJ in Hamilton the other day for E39 headlight adjusters (two simple little pieces of plastic) $58 + GST a pair & in stock - they can stay there!

About $4 & free shipping out of China or - what i went for - USD$12 & free shipping for two pairs out of Latvia. Eurothaned the old ones together until replacements arrive.

I try to support local but this is outright taking the piss! - Even with a discount to be had.

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I had a Camry as a work car (It came with anti-depressants in the glovebox), and Dad still had his E30. From the respective dealers, the brake pads were DOUBLE the price at Toyota!

The main thing I find with Euro cars, is there is generally a decent quality aftermarket part at a decent price, available somewhere - just like the adjusters mentioned above. With Jap stuff, you'll often find there isn't an alternative for little oddball bits, and genuine is EXPENSIVE.

A workmate paid $750 for a blower motor for his Surf... AFTER the parts guys arranged a special price for him. He couldn't find the correct one anywhere online, and there is about 6 different ones!

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