Do NOT buy a car from ES Motorsports in Greensboro, NC. Below is my story and their contact information.
Please note: There are other ES Motorsports around. The business in Greensboro, NC, is the one at issue. This story is a rough draft. Please check back for updates.
Update: This absolutely made my day. “Ace” was recently arrested in NC.
On 26 June 2011, ES Motorsports sold a $20K 2004 BMW M3 convertible to me that required $14,600K in repairs. The car was represented as inspected and in good working condition. The car was sold “with a warranty,” but it turns out that warranty only covers up to a maximum of $1000, and what it covers is very limited.
The car was represented as “Each vehicle receives a comprehensive inspection and service by master tech” and “Clean title, no issues!” The car started running rough by the time I got it home and the next day a local shop determined the car had “serious problems.”
At first we thought the problems were related to bad fuel, but that theory was quickly discredited. After several trips to various shops for second and third opinions, we finally decided the car had a bad variable valve timing system (VANOS). This opinion was shared by the local BMW dealer. Estimates were for $4K and up.
Of course neither the standard nor upgraded warranty covered BMW’s VANOS.
While discussing the issues with Ace at ES Motorsports back before they stopped returning my calls, he told me his mechanic had been adjusting the VANOS prior to my purchase of the vehicle. What?!? You would NEVER adjust or otherwise touch the VANOS system unless there were timing problems. VANOS is a self-adjusting system that takes care of itself until it goes bad. Basically he admitted he was already aware that the car had problems. Of course they didn’t bother to tell me any of that prior to the purchase.
I authorized the repairs anyway after ES Motorsports informed me that the car “ran when they sold it to me” and stopped taking my calls. So I was SOL. After completing the repairs, the shop found there were additional problems.
A compression test discovered no compression in the first cylinder.
Upon dismantling the motor, a warranty inspector arrived (from the warranty ES Motorsports sold me) and determined that there was no way the damage to the motor had occurred in the short amount of time I had owned the car. It was a definite pre-existing condition and they would not cover the repairs.
That means ES Motorsports sold me a car with pre-existing, serious engine damage. Therefore the vehicle was seriously misrepresented. It had been so badly abused by the previous owner that the plate linking the transmission to the driveshaft had stress fractures and needed replacement. Somehow ES Motorsports had rigged the car just enough for me to get it home, 250 miles away.
So the VANOS was bad. The engine was bad. The starter was bad. The transmission linkage to the driveshaft was bad (cracked/busted from abuse). The clutch needed replacing. The radiator expansion tank was leaking.
I now practically have a new car, mechanically speaking. But I didn’t want a new car.
707 Norwalk St., Greensboro, NC 27407
Ehsan Shahnawaz (Ace) [email protected]
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