jscaptura1

Need some advice on a 633csi

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I know this is not an E24 forum but I value the opinion of our FAQ members!  Plus I have a feeling my situation has presented itself in one form or another to many of you.  I have an opportunity to purchase a 1982 633csi, 5 speed, 150K.  It has been garaged and not started in 5 years.  According to owner and his mechanic (who is also the mechanic at the indie shop I use) I was running perfectly when he parked it (Due to health reasons).  It has been in a climate controlled garage with concrete floor for those 5 years and is sitting on wheel dollies.  The body & paint was done on the car 6 years ago by a reputable local shop and appears to be a quality job.  The paint itself looks brand new.  The wear on the interior does not show that it has 150K and is quite good.  Tires look to be in good shape and I can find zero rust anywhere.  Motor is all original and looks clean.  Saw no oil stains/drips on the garage floor.  The owner just wants it gone and wants to sell it as is.  My question is:  do I take a stab at this without even hearing the motor turn over?  His price is reasonable, even for a car that is not currently running.  Our mechanic has taken care of it for approx. 25-30 years (owner is the 2nd, bought it in 1984) and says it has been well maintained and ran very well before it was parked.  Should I really insist that I try and turn it over & try to start it before I buy or just take it and hope for the best.  I know I don't really want to try & start it because the gas is 5-6 years old and I don't want to muck up the fuel injectors with funky gas.  Should I do something like disconnect the coil and fuel line & hook up a battery just to hear it turn over?  I know I am going to need to drain the gas & pump out the fuel line if I purchase it.  Does anyone have any insight into what the potential values of these old E24's are?  I know they have not jumped in value like the 02's over the past few years but could they? ( I know I can answer that one:  maybe; maybe not!)  Any information/suggestions that you may have will be greatly appreciated!

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You should offer two prices:

 

Offer 1) Engine not running and in unknown condition

Offer 2) Engine running and with a better understanding of the condition

 

 

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1 hour ago, jscaptura1 said:

His price is reasonable, even for a car that is not currently running.

I think you answered your own question. If you really want it, you should buy it.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.

Tony

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I found this video :)

 

 

 

Tho I didn't watch it. :)

 

I don't expect the car will appreciate markedly in the near future, so I wouldn't buy it with that in mind. M6's will appreciate, but that's a slightly different fish kettle.

 

If it's an M30 motor, they generally run forever.

 

Just buy it. It's a very nice GT car, and the 2nd best looking coupe BMW made.

 

Cheers,

 

 

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You might post this question over on the http://mye28.com  forum, as early 6ers were E12-based, and later ones E28-based.  We have a number of members there with E24s as there are so many similarities to the 5ers (engine, suspension), so you'll get some responses/insight.  2-door cars appreciate better than 4-doors (except the M5).

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1 hour ago, ray_ said:

Just buy it. It's a very nice GT car, and the 2nd best looking coupe BMW made.

 

What, in your opinion, is the best?

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Maybe Elvis's car ;-)

 

Or the E9.

 

Cheers,

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The E9 is one of the most beautiful GT's of all time. However, a well sorted car is $30k plus plus. You can get a nice 633 for $10-$15k. 

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Thanks to all for the responses.  I appreciate it.  I guess my problem really boils down to:  Do I really need another car?  I have my 1600, will never get rid of it.  I have my 318ti autoX car, not going anywhere. 2000 528i daily driver and a 68 mustang, restored & very nice and I never drive it (260 miles last year!)  I like the e24 coupe very much and would certainly be more willing to drive that than the mustang.  That being said, the value of the Mustang just keeps going up, up, up and I am not sure if I want to sell it to make room for the 633.  There is no body and minimal interior work that needs to be done on the 633, and I just have to decide if I want to work on it in my garage (and on my back - I'm getting too old for that stuff!) or not.  Thanks again for all the help!  Will keep you posted!

 

Joe

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You always need another car.  

 

I bought my m635 6years ago sight unseen and not running.  Other than the usual stuff (drained fuel, new battery, fuel filter, new plugs, fresh oil etc) still didn't run but turned over fine. but checking things over the flywheel sensors were unplugged plugged them in and away it went.  

 

One thing ti be careful of is the brakes.  Prob fresh fluid and a bleed is a good idea as I was abit excited to drive it and it nearly didn't stop on the first roundabout.  

 

The e24's are great and once running pretty reliable.  If the price is good and no obviously rust go for it. 

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UPDATE:  Brought the 633 home 2 nights ago.  I have posted a few pics below.  Car turns over nicely but wont start.  No spark to the plugs or from the coil.  Me being absolutely lost on this car, I am not quite sure what to do next.  If it were the 1600, no problem, with this, not so sure.  I know the sensors are plugged in & I have seen many posts on the E24 forum about different relays causing problems and such.  Have to get a Bently manual and do some more research.  But the car looks Great!  Will keep you posted.

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