Dude you are ON A SITE FILLED with guys who love and rebuild old BMW's. Yes the new ones ARE extremely complicated 79 computers on the F01/02 7 series. By the way I fix those too. I prefer the old stuff as do most people because they are more intuitive and have all the right stuff. New ones.....well thank American designer Chris Bangle (Mr. Pontiac Aztec himself) who thankfully got his ass disappeared back in January for that. You don't like Beemers and have an axe to grind......fine. Take it somewhere else. The guy whose car you're bagging on is reaching out for help because he's a do it yourselfer. There's a few things you can do to determine what the problem is and if it's going to be a cheap and or doable thing. Your position seems to be, its old, not perfect, trash it and buy something new without even at least finding out why......oh, and kick him while he's down 'cause that'll help. Did it ever occur to you that he might not be in a position to go out and swap his 2008 E60 for a 2009 Lexus? I'm suspecting your the kind of guy who couldn't tell me a dam thing about what's under the hood of your car other than what you read in the sales brochure. Enjoying that torque steer much? Or did I just fire one right over your head? You've gone from trashing a dudes classic to applying OTHER peoples bitching about NEW BMW's. You think it's dumb for a new owner to try and fix a classic car? I think it's dumb to not try and find out what's wrong and if you can fix it. You never know, the guy might end up being dam good at it but would have never found that out if he followed your advice. He may end up terrible at it but no one ever know that if they didn't at least try. As far as being a slave to dishonest dealers trying to separate you from your cash? All I can say is a fool and his money are soon parted. What did you do? Somehow manage to void the best warranty in the industry? Big baller rims and a boom boom stereo with all kinds of boy toy race crap? Go waste someone Else's time with your car that handles like a bucket of warm wall paper paste.