My name is Randy Mastin and I just joined the Badger Bimmer club. I have a 1985 325e coupe, Red with Black Recaro seats, 153,00 miles Absolutely ZERO rust, apparently these rusted badly but this one is perfect. I have included a pic of it from a few days ago. The car is all original including paint, except for the hood. I got this car four years ago . It hit a high fence and crinkled the hood but not the bumper and bent the radiator frame. It didn't run of course and the owner parked it in his garage and it was not driven or moved for 17 years as he was ill. His wife was a co-worker of mine and was selling their house and was going to send it to the junk yard....seriously! I found out about it, looked at the car and decided of course I wanted it as it was just too nice not to save and she gave it to me, free. I have never had a BMW, but I have been involved in auto restoration and cars most of my life. Since it sat for so many years I have replaced most everything mechanically on this car. I bought a parts car that had been rolled but had thousands of dollars worth of new suspension, brakes exhaust and other parts and I transferred them to this car. I also bought and installed a rebuilt block for it as I didn't want to have the engine rebuilt. So mechanically it is somewhat new. It has the original head. The reason I joined this club is to network with some people in my area. Despite so many new parts, I have had nothing but problems with this car mechanically. I CAN NOT get it to run well. I took it to a place in La Crosse that is suppose to specialize in BMW and foreign cars and he got it running, sort of. It runs rough, and will stall when it gets warm. I need to either get this running or get rid of it as I am frustrated beyond description. It is a cool car, looks amazing, great features. When I have gotten it running for short periods it is an AMAZING car on the road. Rather than throw in the towel I am hoping through this club I can hire someone COMPETENT to help me get this car on the road finally. My father is involved in a Studebaker Club and there are people all over willing to help and offer good advice, hopefully this club will be the same. I realize an '85 325e is not the most desirable BMW, at least from what I read, so perhaps no one knows much about these. But I figured it would be worth the $48.00 to take a chance. Right now I feel like I'm on a deserted island, no one I know knows anything about these...I just hear "well they are touchy and hard to keep running" from the locals who seem scared to work on it. So thats my story. I hope you can connect me with some moral support.I would appreciate any advice or assistance from anyone who would be interested in helping keep one of these on the road. Obviously this is not my main transportation, just a hobby car.