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      10-11-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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should I fix or replace my car?

I am new to the forum but thought I would put out this question. I have a 2003 525i with about 68,000 miles on it. The car was passed on to me by a family member who didn't drive the car much for the first 7 years. I have had to do all kinds of repairs and maintenance on the car. A couple weeks ago, I had to replace the starter. Now the transmission is out and needs a replacement.

I am wondering if it's worth it to replace the transmission and keep doing the expensive repairs and maintenance. Or should I just call it quits and get rid of the car and get a new car?

If I decide to sell the car, is it better to replace the transmission first or sell it as is? The car is in very good condition otherwise.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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      10-12-2015, 02:13 AM   #2
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If you're a fan of e39, I would repair it.
I had this car around 10 years ago, and I regretted selling it.
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      10-13-2015, 12:10 AM   #3
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Wow! Thanks to everyone who replied! I am really new to the world of forums and posting. It took me a while to even realize I had any responses. . . . Thanks for all the suggestions. I have already spent almost $500 for a diagnosis and transmission service. The shop is reputable AND I can't really tow the car from shop to shop for second opinions. I am being quoted about $4300 more for a rebuilt transmission. I think I am just going to go with that, since I think it's probably better to have a working car, even if I'm going to sell it. . . . But again, I really appreciate everyone's suggestions! Thanks!
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      10-31-2015, 06:41 PM   #4
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The car has 150,000 miles. It just started to make a weird noise. I think it is coming from the rear of the car, more towards the right rear tire. It sounds like a cruise ship blowing its horn.

It is intermittent.

Only when the car has been driven for a while.

Starts around 45mph up to about 60mph

Heard on a slow acceleration, not really on a fast one.

Stops as soon as I take my foot off the gas pedal.

Tires are one year old with about 8,000 miles on them.

Car was just aligned after having rear ball joints replaced.

The car doesn't shake or bounce. Feels very tight.

No real issue with transmission and shifting gears.




PLEASE ADVISE!!

Jake (jakedmd@hotmail.com)


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