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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 07-29-2010, 06:43 PM
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mine made it to 280,000 miles before i sold it great engine have known a couple ppl who had the timing belts go at high mileage and bent some valves and caused alot of internal problems so highly reccomend replacing the belt
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:05 AM
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:03 AM
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My VERY first e30 was when I was 16. It lasted me till 382k when my Uncle welded a bolt on the frame. It fried everything in the car, I then parted and junked it. I beat the sh*t out of that car, but kept good up keep of the parts.

They are one of the most easy cars to up keep. The information on them is crazy, and DYI threads and websites are everywhere.

If you can read and have a good set of tools you can learn and do whatever you need on them. And when the engine ****s out the swaps are a plenty.

E30 FTW

My current e30 has 196k with 2k on the eta engine I just rebuilt and swapped. My track e30/m50tub is being rebuilt for a turbo or stroker. There is 85k on the car zero rust.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:08 PM
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My current e30 has 196k with 2k on the eta engine I just rebuilt and swapped. My track e30/m50tub has 0 miles on the engine 85k on the car zero rust.
going to call you out on your BS. 0 miles .. joke. last time you claimed your car was rust free you posted pics and clearly showed alot of rust. "zero rust" means NO rust .. not just enough rust that you dont care.
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:28 PM
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my car has zero rust... but only because last week i took a grinder to my battery tray and truck bed lined it
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:05 PM
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my 87 325es is still running strong, odometer says 250k miles but hasnt worked in about 4 years. it had a rebuild done about 6-7 years ago when i went through high water and bent a rod. i only replaced that rod and piston and had a reman head to put on it. i just recently got it back on the road again after about 7 months. had brake lines blow out on me in the rear and just havent had the time to replace them. but its road worthy again finally. its a old car and i probably should get rid of it. the AC doesnt work all that well but i really like the car. its old and worn out but i still get compliments on it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:33 PM
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i just crossed the 200k mark yesterday and she's still running strong
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:00 PM
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272,000 here and still goin strong
Young whippersnapper.

I just crossed 321K. Heads never off. New intake manifold gasket. I bought it at 214, the guy was a Roundel enthusiast, took it in every 6 months to a spendy garage. He gave me the service records - had put about $4 or 5 K, I forget now, into it in just the previos 3 years - I bought it for $3400. I put in a new clutch shortly after I bought - Jeez, I'm not looking forward to that job again. New driveline, well, rebuilt, at the same time. This sort of rebuild has replaceable bearings unlike the original. Heaviest tranny I've ever taken out, well especially putting it back in was the chore.

Supposedly been using Castrol Syntec since the beginning. A BP division. Oh well. WalMart has it by the gallor or 5 qt. container (I forget) for the best price around. Only thing I buy at WalMart.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:19 AM
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going to call you out on your BS. 0 miles .. joke. last time you claimed your car was rust free you posted pics and clearly showed alot of rust. "zero rust" means NO rust .. not just enough rust that you dont care.
Zero rust on the new build, there is spots on my DD nothing bad.
Wow, well here is pics of engine removed. My bother was not there for the refreshing of the new engine(that was who took pics). Just for pulling old eta and putting the tranny together.

(this is for the eta engine)
Parts and tune up:

Water pump
timing belt
oil pan gasket
valve cover gasket
spark plugs/wires
Dis cap & rotor
Replaced all worn hoses

Tranny got new sachs clutch/throw out
new guibo and mid shaft bushing
Seals replaced on tranny too.

I did not do the head gasket or F&R main seals were leak free. Engine that had work done and swapped in had 112k current on it.
I know it is not a total rebuild. Engine ran strong and pulled great, so I left the internals alone. No sense replacing parts that are still in good shape.

The M50tu has:

Stewart water pump
oil pan gasket
F&R main seals
valve cover gasket
Plugs(bosch plat)/wires

Things left to buy:

M3 cams
Injectors
Stage 2 clutch
control arms
rear end bushing for my 3.46 LSD
TMS chip

Plans:

Turbo after I get enough money
Or a stroker:

M52 crank&rods
Eagle pistons
Unsure of other stuff right now.

But you are kinda right, no internals done, so not a true 0 miles. If I stroke it will be, have a good one Steve.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:24 AM
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doing regular maintenance parts is nowhere near a full rebuild to a 0 mile motor as you clearly know.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:29 AM
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doing regular maintenance parts is nowhere near a full rebuild to a 0 mile motor as you clearly know.
I know you are not big on reading, go to last sentence of that post. READ STEVE

And when I ment 0 miles it will be when I stroke next year. Just have to figure out what one is better, turbo or stroker. Turbo will mass more BHP in the long run.
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doing regular maintenance parts is nowhere near a full rebuild to a 0 mile motor as you clearly know.
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I know you are not big on reading, go to last sentence of that post. READ STEVE
i can read just fine, i was confirming that you didnt rebuild anything and you know you didnt rebuild anything .. key words were " as you clearly know".
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:49 AM
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i can read just fine, i was confirming that you didnt rebuild anything and you know you didnt rebuild anything .. key words were " as you clearly know".
It is not in the car STEVE, it is being rebuilt. So calm down skippy. I honestly don't want an e-fight, the engine is getting turboed or stroked. It is currently tore down to crank and pistions. It will be rebuilt when it goes in the car. I will go back and change that on the OP just for you. I could have been done months ago but I am going another route. M50 stock is not for me, maybe it is for you but I want more out of it.

P.S. there is not a spot of rust on my new shell. It came from Cali and sat in a garage here in NY. There is a few small dents and some surface rust from where I took the hood off and threw it on the ground(it has a huge dent, so will be replaced)
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:11 AM
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It is not in the car STEVE, it is being rebuilt. So calm down skippy. I honestly don't want an e-fight, the engine is getting turboed or stroked. It is currently tore down to crank and pistions. It will be rebuilt when it goes in the car. I will go back and change that on the OP just for you. I could have been done months ago but I am going another route. M50 stock is not for me, maybe it is for you but I want more out of it.
stock m50 isnt near good enough for me either. which is why it will be seeing boost in the future
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:22 AM
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stock m50 isnt near good enough for me either. which is why it will be seeing boost in the future
Same, I cannot be happy with the stock + cams and chip. I want about STi power, that is enough. It is SUPER easy to get 400+ out of the m50 with a well done turbo. About 3k ish doing the work yourself. So I should be above STi grounds around late next year.

It is just only money holding me back right now. I just like to get things done right the first time and not have to redo it. That means spending more on parts and stuff. I really hate not having the 24v in right now, but good things come to those who wait.
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i will have a completely different 24v motor for my turbo setup. an m50 is not ideal for what i want. its a DD motor, not a beast motor.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:20 PM
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i will have a completely different 24v motor for my turbo setup. an m50 is not ideal for what i want. its a DD motor, not a beast motor.
I am looking into a s52 obI, I would not turbo at all.
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200k + on my e30 IX and still running strongish. odo has been broken for a few years so im sure im over 210k, runs great beside on a real cold morning it knocks for a few seconds until oil gets flowing
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The M20 motor was nicknamed the "million mile motor". See the link below, with video....

"In 1990 Mobil conducted an extraordinary experiment with Mobil 1 - the Million Miles Test. At Mobil's research center in the United States, a new BMW 325i, with a 2.5ltr in line 6 cylinder engine, was filled with Mobil 1, and then run continuously day and night for the next four years - stopping only for routine maintenance and servicing.

The BMW spent four years on the treadmill, 24 hours a day, mostly at 85 miles an hour but with varied speeds - down as low as 45 miles an hour to simulate everyday driving.

After the equivalent of a million miles of hard driving, the engine was stripped and examined. What they found was astonishing: there was no sign of any significant wear. Not only was the engine still in excellent working order, most parts were still within BMW's tolerance for a new engine!"

http://www.mobil1.com.sg/performance/miles.aspx

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^^ funny they show them filling an m42 during the test.
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