I bought another parts car, this time a 1998 BMW 318is 4-door sedan.
For only A$500 I got a car registered for more than a month, and with half a tank of petrol. It drove the hour long trip home with no problems.
The reason it was being sold for this price was that the paintwork was in a bad state (possibly due to being by the beach), and there was quite a bit of body damage. Also the windows were all held up with tape.
However it had travelled only 160,000km and mechanically seemed in good condition.
The intention is not to make a profit out of this car, just get the parts I need myself, including a spare engine, and try and recoup my costs, essentially making the parts I take for myself free.
It had a C33 radio which I fitted to my 1998 318is Sport coupe, and the sports seats and throttle body found there way into my wife's 1997 318is 4-door. I also used a lot of other minor parts on both my cars.
Here's the details for this car:
E-Code: E36 (4)
Motor: M44 - 1,90l (103kW)
AuÃƒÆ’Ã…Â¸enfarbe: Cosmosschwarz Metallic (303)
Innenraum: Stoff/leder/anthrazit (C1AT)
Code Standard Equipment
S510A Headlight aim control
S853A Language version English
Code Optional Equipment
S243A Airbag for front passenger
S246A Manually adjust. steering column
S255A Airbag Sports leather steering wheel
S305A Remote control for central locking
S341A Bumpers completely in body colour
S354A Green windscreen, green shade band
S401A Lift-up-and-slide-back sunroof, electric
S411A Window lifts,electric,front/rear
S441A Smoker package
S481A Sports seat
S520A Fog lights
S534A Automatic air conditioning
S548A Kilometer-calibrated speedometer
S556A Outdoor temperature indicator
S687A Radio preparation
L810A National version Auatralia
S818A Battery master switch
S823A Hot-climate version
S832A Battery in luggage compartment
S864A Retailer Directory Overseas
S876A Radio frequency 315 MHz
S880A On-board vehicle literature English
S925A Transport protection package