In Part 1 of Hooptie or Honest Car, we introduced you to our subject, a 2000 BMW 528i. Things have been a bit busy around here, but I was able to sneak away for a few minutes here and there the last few days to get a better look at our subject vehicle. Overall, the car is surprisingly clean and complete for a 16 year-old car with more than 172,000 miles on the clock.

The first step in the process was to put on a pair of rubber gloves, drag out the trash barrel, and clean out the interior.

The interior and trunk were filled with all sorts of gross items, and I just went ahead and assumed that these tissues were used. To my credit I didn’t wretch once as I cleaned out the interior and trunk, and once done I found a pretty solid interior, which just a little wear on the driver’s seat.

As luck would have it, so far the repairs have also been simple and not too expensive. After doing some research I guessed that the most likely issue with the non-operational heater blower motor was a faulty Final Stage Resistor ($34.79 from Rock Auto). Five minutes of awkward contorting in the passenger side footwell, the new FSU was installed and the blower motor resumed functioning. The air conditioning even works!


The radio fix was even easier, with a new fuse solving the problem of the dead radio. Powering up the radio did exposed common BMW issue, dead pixels. I’m still researching this issue to see if it is worth fixing.

The burnt out brake light is a trip to my local AutoZone away from being addressed. The biggest remaining issues, apart from the car just needing a good cleaning and detail, are the cam cover gasket ($22.79 from Rock Auto), which I’ll replace the next time I have more than 10 minutes to tinker.


And the missing driver side mirror cap.


So at the end of Part 2, I’ve got about $60 into this car. Next up is the valve cover, rinsing the previously leaked oil off the engine, and finding a local detailer to give this car the scrubbing it desperately needs.