Wear items. Brakes, drive shaft, shifter bushings, ball joints, clutch, water pump, distributor cap, clutch fan.
I do all my own maintenance as per the BMW manual, so I save money.
I was going to buy a 2009 Audi A5, but I just couldn't part with the old 535i, so I kept it!
I decided to fix the left rear control arm alignment with eccentric bushings, instead of buying the pricey new control arm, and it worked out beautifully!
I maintain it well, but it is a very old car. I just continue fixing things on the car, because I really enjoy the car.
I have a temperature gauge and tach intermittent problem right now, but I am going to fix that somehow. Bad ground?
A/C inoperable because of a suspected temperature control switch. Still has the original charge!
Can't see spending 20k to 30k on a newer car that I can't do much work on. The engine runs great! It's a great car.
I washed the engine and the car was running poorly. After testing out all the components, it turned out to be a small layer of grease on the crank TDC sensor! Cleaned it and haven't had any problem. It's difficult to diagnose because it's pre-ODB2.