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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 04-25-2011, 09:30 PM
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2 bmw's - now what!

Over a year ago, I inherited two BMW's that have been in the family since new. A 87-325 ic with 52 k miles and a 89 with 32k miles, both are actual very low mileage cars. Both are setting in the garage with every tire flat and dry rotted. They are beautiful cars but have been setting for years. I'm getting ready to start on the 89 first and of course before I can even turn her over, I need to replace the timing belt. i know that most of the rubber air inductions parts are toast. they all need replaced, all are cracked. Both cars are in a nice dry garages and have been lovingly cared for until late.

Located in central Ohio, I'm looking for a reference sheet or diagram that might list all of the suspect rubber hose and assemblies (part numbers or reference information) that I might be able to source on the internet. Also if there is someone that you might recommend as a cost effective vendor or someone in the mid ohio area that might give some guidance to someone that has never worked on a BMW, and at first site, it doesn't look like it is going to be all that easy a repair. Yikes.

Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated. I'm anxious to get started. I have wore out a pair of shoes walking around them until I finally now have them and can start. Thanks for any advise.

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:38 PM
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realoem.com will show you exact parts diagrams with individual part numbers for everything.

pick up a Bentley service manual for the e30. you can get a Haynes manual as well but the Haynes isnt nearly as good.

i normally shop online at Pelicanparts.com but there is a huge amount of parts dealers for these cars.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for the Info, that helps a great deal. I got the car up off the concrete this morning tires dry rotted beyond belief. I believe they are the orginals. Looking at engine comaprtment and the timing belt change, does it make sense to pull the hood of the vehicle or not. I'm going later this afternoon to see if I can find a bentley service manual. Thanks again.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:03 PM
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^ taking the hood off HELPS ALOT.... but you dont "have" to
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:54 PM
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taking the hood off can also lead to hours and hours of trying to re-align it at the end of which you might not get it to sit perfect again. if the hood hasnt been previously removed and the motor isnt coming out i wouldnt go that route at all.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:59 PM
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Thanks for the insight. I could see where that could be a real problem. Having said that do you pull the rad and work from underneath. I dont was to risk damage to the rad. Thanks for the advise. Going to post some pictures of the 89 the day I got her. She looks very sad.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:37 PM
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i work from the sides of the bayand through the rad support under the front of the hood.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:53 PM
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You will have to pull the radiator to do a timing belt. It would be impossible to do it with that installed
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:35 PM
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oh, to to get such project cars...you sir are fortunate. best of luck.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:37 AM
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:53 PM
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Thanks, I will get some pictures posted shortly. The rubber under the hood, is not looking good on the 89. All of the air intake rubber interfaces must be replaced. I also found that a disconnect switch had been installed in the battery cable in the trunk. Spare is new, never been down.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:10 AM
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disconnect switch = unresolved battery drain.
(or would someone opt for a switch for storage only? seems a bit silly)
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:37 AM
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unresolved battery drain

I was concerned when I saw it.. Both cars have it(87 and 89) is this a real or common problem with these models. I would love to hear some comments on this if anyone has any experience with this potential problem.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:05 PM
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I don't think any worse than any other german car. I tracked one down last fall to the auto antenna - some years of neglect before I had her left the antenna not wanting to retract after shutting off. disconnected the harness that powers the motor and she was right as rain.
But then again, if it's holding a charge it doesn't really matter.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:53 PM
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Picture.....

Making an attempt to attach some pictures, as I promised, of the 89 as I found her. Many years of dust on her, but at least she was inside and heated. If posting the pictures actually works, I will send some more...Sorry, my first attempt to post a picture. Car is extremely straight and the interior is beautiful.

Thanks for the information about the potential of battery drain.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:22 PM
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for the info on the parts house, I will check for their web page.

I have the 89 up off the concrete on jack stands, pulled the front rim/tires and had new rubber put on. The rear wheels is another issue. With the car in the air and the lugs off, I can not pull the rims off the car. I can't separate the wheels from the axle assembly. With tires totally dry rotted and flat I can't beat on the tires to separate them, Any Ideas? I have soaked with penetrating fluid/oil.
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Use one of these, and hammer the rim top-bottom-front-rear alternately until it breaks free.
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