What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
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I took the E28 for an inspection at a BMW specialist that my friend has been to before, and trusts. Everything was basically as I expected. It needs front struts, ball joints, control arm bushings, and the left axle has a bit of clicking so it should be replaced given the torn axle boots.

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Now for the slack in the driveline. Motor, trans, and diff mounts are all good. So is the guibo. Upon first inspection, it looked like the subframe bushings were the problem, they moved a decent amount. Then we looked closer...

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Fuck.

That’s what I get for buying a 34 year old car without a PPI. I knew it was possible there’d be hidden bad rust, but considering it had been undercoated until 5 years ago I decided to jump on it without getting it inspected. I think if I’d tried to get it inspected, someone would’ve bought it before me. On the other hand, it would be their problem instead...

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Dunno what the plan is now. For the moment, I’m just gonna cry into some beer, and then I’ll start getting estimates before I jump to listing it for sale as a parts car. The damn thing just runs so well. 

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