I bought the old lady back in 1987 on "a private" deal with an acquaintance I had known over the years from a wine bar. The finance was over three years. He kept the log book(I obtained a new one after court decision)
In 2000 I was made redundant from my job in Cardiff and subsequently moved to Bristol with my wife to be, THERE WAS ONE PAYMENT LEFT!
In all the hubbub of moving, decorating, landscaping gardens, fitting curtain rails etc I omitted to pay the last payment. The car was stolen from my front drive by this acquaintance in the night , I subsequently found it had been hot wired and the steering lock broken.
I recovered the vehicle some time after and after suing my "mate"- he liquidated his company so Trading standards advised me that the only way to gain redress was to re-cover the car which I managed in a dawn raid with my wife and my rotweiler.
During the time the car was missing the wanker that was driving it around fucked the cam ran it out of coolant and oil.
The cheapest way out was to replace the engine...I found engines which were subsequently fitted, a 525 i- U/S, another 525i - U/S, a 528i - U/S. The only thing the vendor had left to exchange under warranty was a 535i out of a "D" reg M535i.
After changing gearbox and all other necessary equipment including brakes and suspension, LSD, rear sub-frame etc I pronounced the car as healed.
She has taken me all over the country to work and has never let me down!
The reg is private and the original reg was A393WRP.