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1981 Bmw 633csi on 2040-cars

Year:1981 Mileage:120075

Southborough, Massachusetts, United States

Southborough, Massachusetts, United States

This 1981 633csi was my first car. I no longer have the money/space to maintain it to my likings.

The car originated in Seattle Washington where the owner kept it in a garage rarely driving it.  The car was then sold to a man in California. I then purchased the vehicle in the summer of 2008 with 90,000 miles. When I bought the car it had a cold start problem. I had to replace the reluctor wheel in the distributor and ever since then I have not had any issues with it starting. The car recently received new front control arms and tie rods because of old age. The handling of the car was improved greatly as a result and they should last for another hundred thousand miles. 

The interior of the car is very clean. I added a Blaupunkt stereo with built in Bluetooth as well as replaced the two rear speakers. The seats are very comfortable made out of a tan leather and purple stitching. The rest of the interior is Brown and Black. The dashboard also has some small cracks in it.

A previous owner had the car repainted. A small section at the bottom left of the rear window is starting to peel however it is not very noticeable. On the trunk the paint is slightly cracked.

Overall the car still feels very solid for a 34 year old vehicle (it was manufactured in 1980). It currently has over 120,000 miles. The clutch easily has another 50,000 miles in it. The car was used as a daily driver for about six years until I moved and bought a new car. There are no strange shakes and rattles and it is surprisingly reliable in the snow. Although the transmission does perform just fine, the first and second gear synchros are slightly worn requiring a little more force to engage when accelerating quickly. The gears do not crunch however you will be able to tell the transmission has 120,000 miles on it.

This vehicle will make a perfect first car or a great project car for anyone who wants to dive into easy to work on BMWs. I have included all the paperwork from the previous owners as well as a book on wiring diagrams for the vehicle.

Below is a list of some of the minor problems with the car.

  • Minor wheel arch rust as seen in photos as well as a couple of chips on the front from debris during everyday use and a small scratch from a door ding. Minor cracking on trunk.
  • No visible engine oil leaks, add about a quart of oil per 500 miles.
  • The driver side interior upper handle broke off as it was made of plastic (see photo).
  • Air conditioning and heat both work. Air conditioning could use a recharge soon. The compressor pump gets stuck in the on position and condensation tends to build up in the fan. The drainage is clogged. I did not use the air conditioning much.
  • Reverse lights turn on only half the time. Installed a switch underneath and to the right of the steering column to activate them manually.
  • Rear defroster switch is stuck in "on" position.
  • The O2 sensor light came on signaling it needs to be replaced however it does not affect how the car runs.
  • Rear windows don't work (switch related), the passenger window needs help coming all the way up in cold weather.
  • Sunroof fuse keeps blowing. Stopped using it altogether.

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