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Default Donor Car - who keeps one on hand? - 08-23-2019, 08:02 PM

Questions in the subject.

Since I'm investing both money and time (knowledge) I'm starting to consider picking up a donor car of the same model. Not for new performance parts, but for the basics. Turbos will turn into RB purchase. Replaced transmission, alternator, and all the tuning hardware bought new... may as well reuse the good stuff. Even to have e93 vert roof stuff to pillage. Maybe an old ****e box with blown turbos and leaking oil everywhere.

Thinking to keep my eyes open for a poor second, not for when I blow my turbos, but for motor, accessories, vert-hard-top parts and so I don't have to sell all the nice parts I'm buying and ultimately start over with the learning curve.

Would I be putting 1 foot in the grave, or securing a fun (5-7 year) future? (Index 12 injectors, jb4, everything else BMS sells for this car, RB turbos, alternator, transmission, vert-freedom, tuning knowledge...

1. Forget the future?
2. Buy what's needed, when needed in the future? (Will stock deplete or rise in price?)
3. Prep (cheap and proactive, but up front) for the inevitable explosion and restart of this specific grand entertainment?


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2008 335i Convertible, E93, N54, A/T (190,000+ km)
Wheels: 322 | Tires: R.275/35r18, F.245/40r18
TUNE: JB4/Trebila | 24 PSI | 100% Meth via dual BM5 | 94 Octane
BMS: JB4, Map 6 | WMI | 5" FMIC | OCC | DCI | Cowel Filters
TMAP: 3.5 barr
xHP Stage 3 (v2.0)
VRSF CP | HKS BOV
RB PCV Valve
NGK 5992 Plugs @ .020

Maintenance:
2018 - A/T Replaced | Plugs | Ign Coils | Walnut Blasting
2019 - Index 12 Injectors | VCG | OFHG & O-rings | Alternator w/ Clutch Pulley | Water Pump & TStat
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