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So i had bought a BMW wagon around christmas as a daily driver....well it didn't last....actually it began having problems less then 24 hours later. The vehicle is deadlined.

So i bought a another car to use as a daily driver and fun project. Now a proud owner of a 1967 Volvo P131 Amazon. Will post up pics when i bring it home this week.:D
 

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Modern BMW's tend to not be so reliable. I could have told you that before!

But they're proper hewn from solid steel cars, these old Amazon Volvos.
Might be a bit underpowered with its original engine but if you feel up to it, take the drivetrain out and fit an OM606 Turbodiesel engine &a suitable 5 or 6 speed box into it. These diesel engines aren't hard to find in Germany & would make it go like stink, but still be economical.
Looking forward to seeing pics!
 

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yeah, thanks. I'll never touch a BMW EVER again. Worst car i have ever owned.

The Volvo amazon i picked up has a B20 motorswap with 4 speed manual and overdrive. You can get plenty of power out of them. Right now its sitting at 90 hp, but a new cam, dual carbs, exhaust, and air filters are in the future for a little more power. That should put me in the 125 range and should be a fun and super reliable little saloon. Trying to keep it simple and this car is as simple as it gets.
 

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Very cool on the Volvo, But.... Where is the STI ??? :)
 

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The STI is gone. The original plan was to keep the STI and bought the BMW wagon for the family.....worst move i ever made. Car literally started breaking down and having electrical issues 24 hours after i brought it home. Long story short i could not justify having the nice car with 2 kids and a pregnant wife drving in an unreliable BMW. Traded the STI in for our 2015 Volvo XC60 R design....best move i've made. So that left me without a car and i decided i wanted another Volvo. Was trying to find a V70R, 850 wagon with T5, or an older Amazon. Found the Amazon and so far i am really happy. I'll take a video of the drive home this week, its a really nice scenic route through the Black Forest near my house.
 

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What year/model BMW did you have? They can be a tough car to love at times; my 335i hasn't been without its issues, but man is it rewarding when it's in its element... They just have such a solid confident feel and communicate everything to the driver so well on a nice backroad. I like to refer to it as a "leather wrapped bowling ball". Problems tend to be model dependent, it's somewhat hit and miss. I've been close to the point of breaking up with mine, but then we go for a drive and "make up" :p
 

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It is a E39 520i wagon. I will admit it was a very stable grounded car and with the sport suspension and short shifter it was kind of fun too, for such a big underpowered car.
Apparently these are notorious for electrical issues that are often fixed by replacing the ENTIRE wire harness in the car.....obviously more expensive, then what the car is worth.
The other big issue is the dealer sold me a 2001....that i recently found out was actually a 99 model. about a 3000 dollar difference in value.
 

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I also had a 750il awhile back which was big fun car as well, but i'm done with BMW. too much headache for cars that really aren't much better then the other manufacturers. I am convinced you are paying for the name. My experience with Volvo's have been a night and day difference.
 

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I have a 2010 335i going on 3 years and it has been great so far. With mods it is a BEAST, and that was somewhat unexpected, and it is a lot of fun to drive. I still enjoy driving it as much as when I got it.
 

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I have a 2010 335i going on 3 years and it has been great so far. With mods it is a BEAST, and that was somewhat unexpected, and it is a lot of fun to drive. I still enjoy driving it as much as when I got it.
Yeah mine is still all stock but I'm sure I won't be able to hold back forever; I hear the JB4 setup can put you in M3 territory very easily. Are you on the E90post forums?
 

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Assuming you have an N54 335i, you are pretty close. With a JB4, Procede or Cobb you are likely more than a stock M3 wants to deal with. Add upgraded IC, intake and catless DP's and things get interesting. Then you still have the option to go E85 or Meth and the Auto Trans is the only thing that you need to worry about.
 

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The E39 was one of the first BMW's with lots of electronics, the worst being the early ones.
That was the time when BMW & Mercedes begun competing with each other in the use of CANBUS systems. Stupidity ensued with electronics used to switch on things like brake lights (On Mercedes).
I had a friend who worked in Mercedes as one of the UK's top technicians for electronics and at the dealership he worked at he said 20% of the cars of that era would come in as non-runners. That's one of the reasons I didn't buy a newer Mercedes when looking for a Diesel Benz for my family.

I also have a BMW (E30 M3), but it's a 1987... No electronics aside from the ECU (WHich has been replaced with a standalone :D) and ABS, but even that's not as well put together as the '91 Mercedes. I'd never have a BMW loaded with electronics, but then I never liked CANBUS systems. They're basically a way to make people not tamper with their cars.... and that's what I like to be able to do!

I believe in Germany you should have some form of recompense if the car a dealer supplies turns out not to be good. Did you take it back for a refund, especially when it turned out to be of a different year than you'd been led to believe?

The Amazon will be the better car by far.
 

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I should have done more research before buying. Having a pregnant wife driving a 2 door Opel with 2 little ones in the back needed a quick fix and i made a huge mistake of trusting someone, who swore up and down it was a super reliable vehicle. I was overcharged for a vehicle that i thought was newer then it actually was and that had no issues. Within 24 hours the CEL came on and it wouldn't start. MAF, Hedgehog have been replaced and it has left my wife stranded on the side of the autobahn (she is 7 months pregnant) and overheated on me. Just touching the tip of the iceberg of what is wrong with this car. We have hired an attorney but its just one more stressful thing in my life i don't need to deal with right now.
 

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The Amazon should be good. Parts are still plentiful both here and in the states and there is a big tuning following behind them. Sway bars, mounts, springs and struts, camshaft, dual carbs, exhaust should make this a fun little classic roadster to rip around the countryside.
 

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Amazon sounds like a car you'll keep. Won't it be fun for your family to remember growing up in dad's old car? - We're kinda like that with our old Benz. If things go to plan it should be with us throughout the years of growing up for our kids.

7 months pregnant! Congratulations to you both! :)

Ah, I'm sure the attorney will sort it out in the end. No point worrying about it meantime.
I hope your wife is able to enjoy her pregnancy with 2 others to look after. :)

Just the very evening before our son was born at home, I showed our daughter her birth on a video (She was born in the bathtub of a previous house we were living in at the time). She then understood what would be happening to Mama and was there throughout the labour stroking her hair and got to hold her little brother just minutes after he was born. It's magical for a new member of the family to join. Think of those things and look forward to them, as things you'll never forget. Try not to stress about the little stuff. ;)
 
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