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Old 08-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Am I crazy? Should I buy a 633CSi

Hey guys,

So I just picked up my first E30 and I love it. I think the old bimmer bug has hit me because by my house there is a beautiful 5 speed bronzit 633CSi for sale. I went to look at it and the car is absolutely perfect interior/exterior wise. All original too.

Now, the problem (or is it not one?) is that the car has 288K miles on it. I am going to drive it tonight and see how it runs, but according to the owner it's perfect.

I'm wondering what you guys think I should pay for this thing/if I should run because it will just be a huge money pit. I know it's not a 635, but it caught my eye because of the condition it's in.

Let me know your guys' thoughts

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Mileage is irrelevant. Condition is the only thing that matters.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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In for pics of the 633Csi

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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Mileage is irrelevant. Condition is the only thing that matters.
Any idea what it's worth?

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In for pics of the 633Csi

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If I decide to buy it i'll surely put them in here.


The reason i'm thinking of getting this car is for a "daily" cruiser (driven probably 3 times per week for errands. I bus to work). My E30 right now is set up more as a track/weekend/fun car so i'm looking for more of a cruiser.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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What year is it? There is an early (e12 based) and late (e28 based).

633 is irreverent. Those M30B32s are very rev happy. Also, certain years got the 15lb flywheel.

Look for RUST. Front fenders. Strut towers. Under the carpet/floors. Everywhere. E24s, especially early ones, get the rust real bad. I got mine running, drove it a bit, and sold it since the body was terrible.

They are incredibly cool cars. Hope it works out!
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #6
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Before adding another BMW to your stable, I'd get any issues with the e30 taken care of first.

Sharks seem to have pretty serious rust issues as well. Make sure you look that thing over really well for that kinda stuff.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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Everyone likes something different but i never bonded with my 633.
I sold it to my boyfriend up the street after I realized I just wasnt an e24 guy. Maybe an M6 would change my mind but the stock 633 just didnt do it for me
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:19 PM   #8
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You need to buy that car so I don't have to. My first BMW was a 633CSi and it was a magical shitheap.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:31 PM   #9
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What year is it? There is an early (e12 based) and late (e28 based).

633 is irreverent. Those M30B32s are very rev happy. Also, certain years got the 15lb flywheel.

Look for RUST. Front fenders. Strut towers. Under the carpet/floors. Everywhere. E24s, especially early ones, get the rust real bad. I got mine running, drove it a bit, and sold it since the body was terrible.

They are incredibly cool cars. Hope it works out!
It's an '84 so that would be E28-based correct?

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Before adding another BMW to your stable, I'd get any issues with the e30 taken care of first.

Sharks seem to have pretty serious rust issues as well. Make sure you look that thing over really well for that kinda stuff.
I will definitely check for rust issues.

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Everyone likes something different but i never bonded with my 633.
I sold it to my boyfriend up the street after I realized I just wasnt an e24 guy. Maybe an M6 would change my mind but the stock 633 just didnt do it for me
What didn't do it for you?

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You need to buy that car so I don't have to. My first BMW was a 633CSi and it was a magical shitheap.
"shitheap" sounds promising haha.

So guys....what would be a fair price assuming everything checks out??
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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It's next to impossible to gauge the value of a car without pics and only on the assumption that "everything checks out." WAY too many variables.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Yes, e28 based.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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Fair enough, i'll look at getting some pics tonight.

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:34 PM   #13
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warning! the classic bimmer bug is spensive! but if you got it like that, go for it.

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Old 08-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #14
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I hope you're prepared to live with 15mpg.
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:58 PM   #15
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I'd only buy a euro. Otherwise you'll be settling for the uglier twin sister.
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