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timmyc 09-27-2020 11:54 AM

OH. MY. GAWD. You have some work cut out for you, my friend!


The frogs?! WTF?!:bustingup

Hope you got the X for a song......

c-bass 09-27-2020 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by timmyc (Post 1192172)
OH. MY. GAWD. You have some work cut out for you, my friend!


The frogs?! WTF?!:bustingup

Hope you got the X for a song......

I got it for $1200

Yeah I'm not sure wtf is going on with the frogs. Were they stuck in there? Why wouldn't they move if they're going to die??

Happy 09-27-2020 01:02 PM

ďSWaMp THiNgĒ

I love it!

c-bass 09-27-2020 02:46 PM

While I was vacuuming I noticed a couple times if I came close to the end of the carpet at the door jam some visible water would get sucked up. I did mention that the carpet was WET so this didn't surprise me all that much...

However I wasn't expecting what I saw when I took a peek under the carpet

https://i.imgur.com/urtJvv6.jpg

All the low spots in the floor had at least 1/2" of water just sitting there, nevermind the foam being soaked :thumbup:

https://i.imgur.com/xEtmPBj.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/7P5wVfi.jpg

Investigating a little further, I decided that the only thing that makes sense at this point is to take the carpets out...except that to remove the front carpet in a BMW is ridiculous (other cars I've owned also) and that's NOT the level of commitment I'm willing to get into at this point.

I took out the rear section of the carpet which was completely saturated in water and propped up the front as much as I could

https://i.imgur.com/upnAOP7.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tirDQk4.jpg

Well this escalated quickly...




So for the next few days I used a combination of synthetic chamois, sponges and whatever else I could think of blot, squeeze, pinch and absorb all the water I could out of the underside of the carpet, which is obviously the most water retentive material known to man. :rolleyes:

Even after days of the hot sun and all my efforts the underside of the carpet was still damp so I strategically placed several small fans under and left them running.

Now it's time to try and clean this:

https://i.imgur.com/NhaPeT7.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/HOjdcHg.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/IVk41c9.jpg

Purplefade 09-27-2020 03:53 PM

OMG - that is almost unbelievable! I say almost because I bought and restored a 1968 Mustang that actually was in a bit worse condition... but come on, at least it was 50+ years old and had been stored in a barn... WOW!

I commend your commitment to getting it road worthy, wish you all of the best luck getting it back together and very much look forward to seeing the final results [emoji106]

With so much water, Iím inclined to say blocked sunroof vents at a minimum and very likely someone (probably) let it sit in the rain with the sunroof open. You might consider cracking the sunroof for some fresh air and setting a 70 liter (basement) dehumidifier in there for a couple of days, youíll be amazed how much water it will pull out for you, even after you think you got it all.

All in all, for a vehicle that starts and drives, $1200 isnít a terrible price Soni really donít think you did toooo bad there.


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Effduration 09-27-2020 03:55 PM

I imagine you are already thinking about the source of the water, but what i would be looking at would be:

-vapor barriers all 4 doors

-both front sunroof drains - don't use compressed air - gently prod and poke with trimmer line - also remove A-pillars and see if drain hose is kinked, which is common.

- the rubber seal that sits on top of the windshield

- the drain holes under the brake reservoir (driver's side) and the Elec box (pass side) under the hood.

timmyc 09-27-2020 06:02 PM

Holy hell, man. Windows must have been left down? Hopefully your electronics are all fine? Would be remarkable if they are.

A white or yellow drill brush and a good carpet cleaning solution should get the carpet decent. The smell? Not sure there...


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TriX5 09-27-2020 07:14 PM

Brave, very brave. Generally I find that cars not cared for like that in the interior also have had no maintenance done on the mechanical side. Hope you get lucky but not my cup of tea. Wish you luck!

Effduration 09-27-2020 07:56 PM

what's the story on the hood being a different color?

I must say the condition of that X5 doesn't seem to jive with the appearance of the seller's living arrangement...

c-bass 09-27-2020 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Purplefade (Post 1192189)
OMG - that is almost unbelievable! I say almost because I bought and restored a 1968 Mustang that actually was in a bit worse condition... but come on, at least it was 50+ years old and had been stored in a barn... WOW!

I commend your commitment to getting it road worthy, wish you all of the best luck getting it back together and very much look forward to seeing the final results [emoji106]

With so much water, Iím inclined to say blocked sunroof vents at a minimum and very likely someone (probably) let it sit in the rain with the sunroof open. You might consider cracking the sunroof for some fresh air and setting a 70 liter (basement) dehumidifier in there for a couple of days, youíll be amazed how much water it will pull out for you, even after you think you got it all.

All in all, for a vehicle that starts and drives, $1200 isnít a terrible price Soni really donít think you did toooo bad there.


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I have a soft spot for neglected cars, which is a terrible habit to have, but I totally agree that $1200 for a running and driving "truck" isn't bad by any brand name.

I eventually managed to get everything dry but the dehumidifier is a good idea. I recently purchased a 70 pint for the house.


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