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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-12-2005, 05:02 PM
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Well, BahnBaum doubled the cost of his car, and they did all the work themselves...
I bought my car for $800 and put about $3.5K into it. That was new engine, new fluids, new shocks, springs, and bushings, new shifter and bushings, new tires and wheels, body gaskets here and there, cat and muffler, stereo and amp. But I did get some breaks from some locals with parts cars or extra parts.
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Heavy? Heck, it's a 318i. It wasn't going to be a sprinter in any case.
Actually the 318is is about 2600 pounds, while the convertible 318iC weighs almost 300 more pounds. The engine is anemic enough that I would think the extra convertible weight makes it borderline. If I really wanted the convertible, I wouldn't consider it unless it was a 325iC.

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My 1992 318iC.

52k original miles, bought if off a friend. I have all the records, owners manuals, sales brochures, cassete tape, and window sticker. Lagoon green metallic with the sand leatherette. Only option was metallic paint but it still has power windows, central locking, and A/C (works). I added a bolt in bav auto stress bar because of the drop-top nature. I have the orignal bottlecap wheels in storage. I also have the stock radio and a BMW 6-disk CD changer in storage - both are inoperative and have been "repaired" once before - some day I'll find someone competent to fix 'em. I added Hella H1/H4 headlights because I could not find a clean set of euro "smileys", and added the factory fogs (direct plug in), but kept the blank off plates.
Original paint, NO (this means NONE what so ever) rust. Top was replaced in 1994 when something fell from the rafters in the garage during the Northridge earthquake. Current wheels are 15" Ronal LS's with S-03's

I'm going to try and sell it next summer for $10k. Wish me luck. I dont think anyone will "appreciate" it that much...but we'll see.







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You're wrong.


1991 E30 318's have the M42 with a timing chain.
Maybe you are talking about the late E30 Tourings that were sold when the E36 saloon came out???
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So, I took the E30 vert for a spin. Not bad, although there were a couple of problems. The new roof makes a fair bit of noise, apparently from the gear mechanism in the back. That's supposed to be fixed soon.

The other issue is that the steering wheel shook quite a bit. Is this the expected behavior of an E30? If not, what could possible be causing it? Sure, I'm not expecting liquid filled engine mounts and the muffled feeling of a Camry, but I guess I wasn't expecting it to shake as much as the VW Bug on which I learned to drive stick. Thoughts?
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:22 PM
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The other issue is that the steering wheel shook quite a bit. Is this the expected behavior of an E30? If not, what could possible be causing it? Sure, I'm not expecting liquid filled engine mounts and the muffled feeling of a Camry, but I guess I wasn't expecting it to shake as much as the VW Bug on which I learned to drive stick. Thoughts?
Mine did the same. I did control arms, control arm bushings and tie rod assemblies. Problem solved, but I'm not sure what combination of the 3 really cured it.

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Old 01-26-2005, 04:38 PM
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Given my discussions with Alex, I figure there may be some needs in the suspension components. That's fine, as long as I can have some one figure out what's needed and how much it will cost (so I can adjust my offer on the car accordingly).

So, can anyone recommend a reputable BMW mechanic in the San Mateo area? Peter Pan BMW doesn't cut it, btw. Basically, I'm looking for someone who knows vintage BMWs and doesn't charge 760Li prices.

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If he finds the right one, son #3 may be buying an e30 this spring for his first car. I'm trying to talk him into going the safe, rational Honda route, but he's prolly not going to listen to me.

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If he finds the right one, son #3 may be buying an e30 this spring for his first car. I'm trying to talk him into going the safe, rational Honda route, but he's prolly not going to listen to me.

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With your knowledge of E30s Im surprised your pushing the Honda. I started my driving life with an E21. (a broken one at that!) Looking back, learning the bimmers at younger age made me a lot more confident and smarter about my future BMW purchases and driving.

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Old 01-26-2005, 05:31 PM
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With your knowledge of E30s Im surprised your pushing the Honda. I started my driving life with an E21. (a broken one at that!) Looking back, learning the bimmers at younger age made me a lot more confident and smarter about my future BMW purchases and driving.

Good luck to the future Bimmer pilot!
The last thing I want right now is another project. The last thing my wife wants is another BMW in the driveway. The last thing my son wants is anything other than an e30. We'll see who wins.

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hI people,am actually new here ,its my first mail ryte here,my problem is that my 325ix has a gas lproblem ,my gas is always going flat,please assist me .
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