My Cheap BMW 850i Is Unfixable-- But I Love it Anyway

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  • Published on:  Friday, January 26, 2018
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  • coinsagE46m3
    coinsagE46m3  a years ago +904

    "Unfixable" translates in mechanic-speak to "unprofitable".

  • 850bimmer
    850bimmer  a years ago +486

    As an 850 owner of 12 years, the drain problem solution is literally a 30 second google search away, and would cost you 10usd in capacitors, 15 minutes to remove unit from the car and 30 minutes with a soldering iron.
    This car CAN be fixed, but not at a shop as they are useless on old cars like these. Get on the forums where the real knowledge is, there are people on the forums who have owned these cars for 15+ years, and there is NOT A THING that the community don't know how to fix.
    And if you can't work on it yourself, alt least you know what to tell you mechanic to fix.

  • J
    J  a years ago +201

    I wonder if Hoovie's neighbors ever look out their window and wonder who the hell he is talking to...

  • Chuck Gilliam
    Chuck Gilliam  a years ago +192

    Parasitic Draw...sounds like one of my old girlfriends.

  • Phil
    Phil  a years ago +77

    Disconnect the phone in the center console. Was the cause for a parasitic draw on my 740

  • quantumphaser
    quantumphaser  a years ago +48

    The BMW Gentleman's Briefcase had me on the floor. 😁
    Love Dino too!

  • Edward Cullen
    Edward Cullen  a years ago +41

    Gotta love that German over-engineering. Why use a simple switch when two microprocessors and 10,000 lines of code works best for the glovebox light.

  • R Wallace
    R Wallace  a years ago +40

    Cool dog

  • bunakkaptan
    bunakkaptan  a years ago +42

    Are you really sure your mechanic is a real mechanic ?? May be he's a butcher and workin' as or posing as a mechanic on his free time ??

  • Zachnjess McCoy
    Zachnjess McCoy  a years ago +289

    1) PLEASE don’t ever jump this car from the batteries again. Sure fire way to cause electrical damage. only jump it from the terminals under the hood.
    2) your electrical draw issue can likely be resolved for around $100. It is the capacitors in the general module. They need to be replaced.
    3) Did the mechanic test the seat motor to ensure it’s actually the motor itself? Often times the cables get out of whack on the seats and prevent them from moving properly even though the seat motors (which are very robust) are actually working. There are replacement cables available for under $200.
    We have to remember these are 25 year old cars that very few people know how to work on now because of their rarity. However, there is a huge group of enthusiasts that k ow how to fix them and are willing to help fellow owners.
    If you are interested in more details on how to get her completely healthy, feel free to reach out to me directly.

  • HoLDoN4Sec
    HoLDoN4Sec  a years ago +124

    for anyone wondering why the headrest is floating...
    the headrest is mounted from the side of the seat rather than from behind or above.

  • James Latimer
    James Latimer  11 months ago +4

    No car is unfixable just got to know what your doing

  • Boris S.
    Boris S.  a years ago +15

    Bad alternator or battery, seat motor, let an ex BMW mechanic look at it or connect it to a BMW computer at a BMW dealer and get an estimate for Kicks and Giggles!

  • blinky Bill
    blinky Bill  a years ago +13

    Is it just me or do I feel like Im watching the titanic of car owners, "its not sinking, its just floating a little less, onwards and upwards"

  • Blotted
    Blotted  7 days ago +1

    Ive always wanted to LS or 2JZ swap one of these. They are such a nice looking car

  • Mumbʟes005
    Mumbʟes005  a years ago +4

    Unfixable? Sounds like a ScannerDanner or Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics collab video waiting to happen. Either one of those two guys will sort out electrical gremlins that no one else will touch.

  • Hugo Andrade
    Hugo Andrade  a years ago +5

    7:23 "I'm outta here" Dog de Muro

  • Miguel T
    Miguel T  a years ago +9

    Dino is an awesome dog! 👍

  • Dwayne Rose
    Dwayne Rose  a years ago +11

    Does he live in a radioactive neighbourhood? You never see people outside, or other vehicles in his videos. This may answer why he buys duds.🇨🇦

  • Snotric
    Snotric  a years ago +7

    Love My old e34 525 Always starts after 340000km
    Only setback is the rust, always a struggle on the vinter, holding it nice from the salt on the roads...