Hello all, I'm looking at a 1989 (?) 325 Convertible, 5 speed, original red paint in good condition, new top, new (used) seats on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At this point, since the car was locked when I looked at it initially, mileage is unknown, year unknown. It has a 3rd stop light on the trunk if this helps. It's owned by a local guy who has a garage that sells / services BMWs and MB. My gut feeling is that someone knowledgeable about these cars probably wouldn't put money into a car he knew to have serious faults. Comments anyone ? I know very little about it right now, but wanted to know what I should look for when I do get a chance to check it out carefully. I was previously a dealership mechanic for Audi and Porsche until 1983. My knowledge is now pretty dated, but still should be able to give it a good look over. It's for a very non- mechanical friend of mine who loves my 99 Z-3 convertible and wants in to the BMW thing .... Any weaknesses I should look out for ? What's a reasonable mileage for this vintage that would provide some useful remaining life for my friend ? How many miles are too much ? My old 2002s ('65 & '67) had rocker / cam wear problems ... is this problem likely with this engine ? Do timing chains make any noises or offer any symptoms that I might be able to pick up on without disassembly ? Are the transmission and synchros reliable ? How does the clutch normally feel ? Self adjusting ? Are parts reasonably priced ? What else should I be on the lookout for ? Where could I read contemporary reviews of this vehicle ? Thanks so much for your assistance !!