I just bought a 2800CS for a low price. Unfortunately, it has rusted areas that make the car look a bit unpleasant. Is there a quick way to get rid of the rust?
Once a vehicle has already succumbed to corrosion, it would really take some effort in order to bring back its former condition. You have to be thorough and patient if you want to be able to completely rid your car of rust. Yes, there is a quick way to get rid of the rust from your car — you can use a rust remover. But that solution may not get all the corroded particles so your best bet would still be to use a sanding wheel and a metal grinding wheel to remove the entire affected area, along with some of the surrounding ones to ensure that no trace of rust is going to be left.
I like the way my 2800 CS handles, but I'm considering to give it a few inches of lift to keep the underside less prone to accidents. A month ago I hit a huge rock, which I thought was crushed but instead, I got a damaged suspension. Which is better suited for my car, the suspension lift or the body lift?
Body lifts are primarily done when you want to increase your tire clearance. The body itself would be lifted from the bed of your car, but the wheels and suspension would remain on the same height. Your handling would not be affected, but your suspension would remain vulnerable still. Suspension lifts on the other hand aim to increase the vehicle's ground clearance itself. The suspension system would be higher, but your handling would become trickier. So ask yourself whether you're willing to sacrifice a bit of your car's handling for a more secured suspension system. Because your car can accommodate a few inches of either kind of lift, but not without a consequence.
I'm planning to purchase an old BMW 2800CS. It looks really good and according to the seller, some of the components have even been replaced just recently. Out of curiosity though, what are the problems I should look out for if ever I end up buying it? This is my first time to even consider getting an old car, this one just looks so nice, plus it's a BMW.
First, verify the condition of the newly replaced components. Make sure that they are indeed new, compatible with the system, and have been properly installed. Because it doesn't really matter if the mechanism is new yet it doesn't meet the needs of your car. It will just do more harm than good and may create various complications in the process. Once you're confident with the newly installed parts, then you're going to have to protect your car from its primary enemy: rust. Don't forget that you're acquiring an old one, which means it is going to be more prone to deterioration and corrosion so wash and wax it regularly. Keep an eye on the engine system as well; it's been running for almost five decades already so it's more susceptible to have metallic shavings and more frequent oil changes.