learned a lesson; not quite sure what it is to be honest, but i suppose i wouldnt repeat if i could.
so the bimmer (528i, not 540i) burnt as i believe everyone knows; i think i posted it a little while back. i plan on fixing up the 540 (timing chain guides), so i needed a temporary method of transport.
i was looking at <$1000 cars and it was between a $600 late 90's chevy s10 5 speed, and my coworker recommended an $800 87 saab 900 5 speed, lowered with an aftermarket wastegate.
obviously interested i call the guy up, and he ends up putting a new hub on, clutch, brakes, and a few other small things. he raises the price to $1800; thinking about all the work he has done and how long the thing will last, i commit to buy.
so fast forward, and i buy the thing. so not alot of stuff works; half the gauges dont light up, headlights aimed at the ground with no adjustment, drivers window doesnt work, interior lights dont work, syncro's are weak (but not miserably weak), and its lowered to the point where its mudflaps bottom out over everything. nothing more than mudflaps though.
so at first i see how fun it is to drive; simply a blast. its a gokart with some tight suspension, pretty nimble, loud, and just enjoyable. then i look back at how ugly the damn thing is.
so now about 3 or 4 days into ownership, torn if i like the thing or not, leaning slightly towards no, i park the car at my house so i can grab gym clothes and head right back out. i shut the car off, and proceed to do what i need, i head back out and start it up, buckle up, look down and see the oil pressure light....i shut it off.
turn it back on, same story; rinse and repeat a few times. now i grow a pair (after i check the oil; brand new, slightly over filled), and i rev it up a few hundred rpm's to make sure its not rpm related, it wasnt so i shut it off and kicked myself for revving it with low oil pressure..
now i text the p.o. who says hes never dealt with that problem; he suggests checking all the wires. this is where i discovered that its a hacked up car...alot of wires are either barely hanging on, wire tied, and even alligator clipped onto their posts.
in the process i kick the door open by the way making it not want to shut once all the way open, and if you force it it makes that horrible forcing-a-door-shut noise old cars tend to get, REALLY bad.
so i negotiate with the previous owner and he agrees to buy it back simply cause he not only likes the car more, but is more versed in working on it.
remove the door, grind the hinge in a way the roller thing can roll again, and get it towed; toss him $100 back (i did negotiate down to $1650 at time of buying it), so it costed me $100 for 4 days of driving the car....not really bad per se, but i do feel bad he bought it back as he did seem upset.
wouldnt buy a car that old again unless its collectable such as an old muscle car or something cool at least. wont pay that much unless its mint. and i never want to screw over a buyer like i had to....well not screw over, but he definitely wasnt thrilled (which i cant blame him for)
$1200+ parts ordered for the bimmer, alot came, but still waiting on some. timing chain guides, cooling system overhaul, vanos, and a couple other tidbits. (e39 540i)
whoever i talked to (forget usernames, not on here often anymore) that warned me about v8 bmw's, you were 100% correct (obviously, i believe your a BMW tech); but god DAMMN are they fun, but expensive for sure!
not trolling, simply dont follow apple at all; is that what a new iphone looks like? (software, not hardware). looks stunning imho, still an android guy, but i might be looking for a mock of that shortly..
diagnosed a leaky fuel injector, but the fire started in the left front corner, so that cant be it. a few weeks ago i installed cheapo angel eyes in the cold, and after wiring them in, was very disapointed, unplugged them, and called it a day.
the wiring job was very poor because it was very cold, and i have a feeling i spelled my own fate with that one. fire looks to have started right there.
decided mid december it wasnt going great and we were going to break up at some point i should say.
definitely didnt want to do it before christmas, or even really near the holidays because thats very shitty timing, and i did still have feelings, i just knew the fate.
she started the breakup process, i finished it.
its not cruel in my opinion, its just timing everything in an ok way. you dont just decide one day "i think il break up with my gf today"
and when you decide for sure, you still think about it and decide when, how, and whats to happen.
the past 2 months (about) we have been arguing more and more, and it seems our opinions differ further inducing said arguments.
so some time in december but before christmas i decided i was gonna break up with her. not sure when, because when we dont argue we have a good time, but it wasnt going to last too much longer. i got her a GORGEOUS opal ring and necklace (no hearts or anything, just a stone so she could wear it after because im nice) for christmas.
anyways, friday i had a party with people she doesnt like much, and i invited her the previous days, she didnt want to. she wanted to go out to eat either thursday or friday. i wanted to thursday because of the party; she couldnt.
friday comes along and i say i cant go out to eat because of it, and when i drop her off at home she throws the ring and rips the necklace off and throws that at me too, and says were through. now i wanted to be her friend at least since the breakup wasnt actually because of anybody, and she is still a good person to me.
half hour of arguing later, i drive off saying text me when she is ready to be friends (which we agreed if anything happened we would give friends a shot), and fearing it didnt go too well, i texted her when i got home, and were actually perfectly civil friends to this point. im giving the now repaired necklace and ring back cause she wants them, and so far so good!
idk if thats tl;dr, or even makes sense because im not going to proofread it, but i think you can get the gist of what happened, and the important details. lol
so its been 2 days, and i have since gotten 2 numbers (decent looking girls at that)...im doing well...