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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 03-06-2009, 10:09 AM
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Newbie in Chicago, about to get me an E30!!!

Hey everyone, I've been a BMW enthusiast for a long time - the irony is I don't even own one! But not to worry as I have my eyes targetting a 1986 325e, 2 dr, automatic (ah well), 160,000 miles.

I'm actually checking her out tomorrow so I've been doing some research. I love the body on this model and keep reading how great these cars are maintenance-wise, so I hope it's a good one.

According to the seller, it's in great working order except for a little lifter noise. He says it could use a valve adjustment. I'll be replacing the timing belt and have found a great DIY post on it, but nothing on valve adjustments. It sounds like a job I'd rather not tackle. Has anyone tackled something like this? Sorry if this topci has already been brought up; I did do a search but nothing came up.

Last but not least, how much is too much? He's asking $1000 obo. If I do get her, I'll post pics up asap. Thanks guys!

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Old 03-06-2009, 10:48 AM
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Welcome, I think 1k might be a little high.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:07 AM
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Thanks!

Yeah, I think a grand is a bit high too, but hopefully I can haggle with him a bit.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:53 PM
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Where did you find this one? CL, cars.com, autotrade, paper, etc...?
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:01 PM
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It was in the tribune a few days ago, just haven't gotten around to checking it out...wish me luck!
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:24 PM
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good luck
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:33 PM
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Thanks! I'm so excited about this one...
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:26 AM
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Did you get it?
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:14 AM
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Yep, I got her!!! She's sitting in my dad's garage for now because there are a few issues. The engine is running great although it does need a valve adjustment; the sound is not deafening but you can hear the ticking. Also, the timing belt looks decent (no cracks) but I will still replace it anyway to be on the safe side. It was raining on and off all weekend so I didn't get to spend too much time on her but I'm glad I got her! I'll follow this up with better pics but for now, here are a couple of cell phone camera pics:

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Old 03-09-2009, 10:00 AM
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looks good, but you should probably fix the floppy Air flow meter
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:37 AM
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Thanks! Should I just pick up a new one? Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:56 AM
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it looks a nice car my man , happy motoring
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:16 AM
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Ziptie your airfilter up! shouldnt be hanging down like that. something doesnt look quite right about that exhaust too...
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:10 AM
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Thanks for the tips/comments guys! Will zip tie the air filter; as far as the exhaust, I took a quick look and it looks like it's dangling from a chunk of clothes wire - yeesh, wonder how I missed that on inspection...ah well. More pics to come soon!
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:51 AM
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very cool, looks like you have a fun project ahead of you.

and I bet $10 that kamotors tells you to fix your AFM with his cold air kit...
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:01 AM
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Ha ha, thanks! That's a nice ride you've got there youself, I bet that 325i is great fun on the expressway!
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