Bmw e60 lci headlights retrofit: Riches to Rags: When Luxury Gets Old

I was put off early by the term luxury and American cars used in the same sentence. Granted a lot of years ago; I worked on the line at the St.Thomas assembly plant. We built at the time Pintos and Mavericks. Maverick had an LDO option, Luxury Decor. What it meant that in my Zone One of chassis we got cars that where just a painted shell. The first job on the line was sound deadener, I had to glue 2 sets of sound deadener together and then glue and rubber plug those into the car. What a mess, roof deadener was to heavy and would not stick. The bolts for the heaters through the firewall wern’t long enouch so only 4 of six could be faastened and the heater or A/C was crooked. The screws to put in the windshield wiper motor were not long enough to go through the dual deadener so only 3 out of the 4 could be put in. Accelerator cable holes didn’t line up in the firewall deadeners so we just ripped out about a 10 inch corner to get the steering column and other firewall entries that come through that area. Again bolts not long enough to get through all the deadener so most emergency brakes in with 2 out of 3 bolts. I was only 19 but my ideas of american luxury came from real world experience. My first new car when I worked at Ford building Pintos was a 1971 Volk Super Bettle. Ever since for 40 years I have bought 5 year old well looked after european cars. I am thankful to the first guy who bought them, looked after them and took the depreciation hit for me. Buy em cheap, maintain them well and ussually get about 7 good years of driving in a car with all the toys. It has worked for me and they are really luxury cars. 1971 Porsche 911T, still have it bought at 5 years old. 2004 Audi 5000 Avant, 1987 Audi Quatrro Turbo, 1994 Jaguar XJ6 Soveriegn, 2006 Jagaur X-Type, still driving, 2004 Jaguar XK8 convertible still driving. Looking now for about a 2010 XF to replace the X-type and that may be the end of my car buying days.

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