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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 04-28-2011, 11:14 PM
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...i appreciate that you are taking the time to restore your car i was just stating that I would not put that amount of work into a terrible drivetrain
So terrible that BMW put it into production huh? LOL

just appreciate it and say nothing more.
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So terrible that BMW put it into production huh? LOL
so terrible that BMW stopped it after only 1 or 2 years in the e30. the motor doesnt belong in an e30 and BMW realized that very quick.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:15 AM
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here we go again, its an engine just like every other. you guys know my plans. let it go now.
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So you beat the snot out of the rocker shafts to get them out? They are not pressed in, FYI, and if you actually read the Bently, it explains fully how to remove them with your with not much more effort than a pinky.

I have torn down so many motors that people think you have to beat the rocker shafts out. Because of it, there is a huge box of botched rocker arms sitting under my desk to show people what happens when you do that. And people wonder why rocker arm breakage is common

Steve, Good&Tight doesn't build turbo kits for a living lol, it's a hobby that he is good at.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:55 AM
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Actually the rocker axles didnt take too much effort to get them out. My rocker arms are perfectly fine.


Sent from me, who else?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:37 AM
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LOL ^ i can already forsee a thread in a few months titled... M10 blew up, where can i find a cheap M50?
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:03 AM
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LOL ^ i can already forsee a thread in a few months titled... M10 blew up, where can i find a cheap M50?
why would it blow up? there is no reason for that to happen.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:37 PM
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idk why, i guess evryone gotta have somethin to say unproductive. dont matter though. w i will continue what i am doing with "my" car.
fast steve is a jerk he did ther same on every 1 of my theads good luck man kick ass with that m10 look at my thread i need held with the whole balance thing
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I didnt ever plan on building the M10, its pointless to me. But I do appreciate the guy trying to stick up for me. If you guys thought I have racing seats planning to upgrade the M10, you guys are funny. But of course suspension and brakes first always for me. then comes the power.
haha me 2 they all dissed me for it also
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:47 PM
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why not? that doesnt make sense. Usually the signs of a blown HG are oil in the coolant floating around, or white smoke from the exhaust constantly or overheating.

This is the first time I pulled the pan, When i first got the car I simply replaced the water pump put in new coolant and started it up and it never smoked. And now that I am around to tearing down the motor, when I drained all of that brand new coolant I put it from the water pump, none of it had any traces of oil. So It wouldnt appear to have a blown HG, but I think I will be pulling the head off and just replacing the HG and every other seal while Im at it. Thanks for the input guys.
i had a CADILAC STS blown hg 1st sign is a steam or sweet smell from exasust and next is the over heating 3rd oil in the coolant (:
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:35 PM
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Hey guys (not that I was friends with anyone in the first place) I am back now. Needless to say that my car has been on the back burner forever! I am now getting back to it finally! However the M10 is still in pieces and still hasnt made its way to the shop to be cleaned and looked over.

I have done a "little" bit of research and have decided that if a M10 will still power this car, it will just be easier and more cost effective for me to just buy a used M10 and throw it in. However if I buy a used engine I was thinking of swapping in a M20 from a 6 cyl car.

I have read that I need the engine, trans, ECU, driveshaft and mounts from a 6 cyl car. Is this correct? Or am I missing information?

What I am unsure of is what year(s) are compatible with my car. For instance, can I use a m20 from a '91 325i or does it have to come from a 87? or 86 if they were around then?

Also would I need to swap in other pieces from a 6 cyl car? Things like the radiator, A/C system, P/S?

Sorry for the questions and for my very little amount of research. Any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks

P.S. I am not looking for a fight or pointless arguing, just looking for some solid help. Thanks.
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you can put in any m20 motor. but the 88-91 will be the better choice. less liters, but higher revving more hp. you can probably hit a local yard and pick up a full driveline, and computers.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:43 AM
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you can put in any m20 motor. but the 88-91 will be the better choice. less liters, but higher revving more hp. you can probably hit a local yard and pick up a full driveline, and computers.
As long as it's a motor from a 325i, all m20's are mechanically the same.
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I just dont see any other logical way around this problem.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:30 PM
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Well as some of you have seen my other threads, I do have this car in running order albeit poorly running order. I will be pulling the gas tank to clean it out throughly and also pulling both pumps to clean them out and make sure they are operating properly. After all that I will blow the hard lines wil air to make sure they are clear and buying a new fuel filter.

Stay tuned for further progress. Thanks.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:02 PM
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Well I managed to get the car running better. I would say its around 90% in terms of running good. Horrible way to judge it I know but you guys get the point. However i think that my dizzy is trippin out on me thats why it was hesitating before hand. I learned there are two different dizzy's offer in my year and two different ICM's. each of these have different timing sets. There is still a little more testing to do so I can decide on whether or not the dizzy is bad so that will happen soon.

I did just get it back from the muffler shop and now the car is a lot quieter. The old exhaust had rusted through on the catback portion. So I bought a dynomax super turbo muffler and had them make new piping (2") from the cat back. Sounds nice. Has a deep tone to it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:06 PM
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Well no real updates on this car as of now. I did go get it smogged and registered. It failed the first smog (broken exhaust) but then i ran some seafoam through it and fixed the piping and it passed easily.

It needs either a new rack and pinion or for me to just rebuild the stocker. I hooked my P/S back up and it leaks like no other from the inner tie rod on the driverside. This could be the reason it shakes around 60-65 on the fwy. When I get some more time I will look into it.

I will note that this car is fun to drive even with the M10. Let me say that since it has been raining here, that factory LSD is getting some use via sliding around. It needs to be rebuilt also but it is still working decently.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:36 PM
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Well haven't posted much here in awhile. And to be honest nothing really excited to post. I recently installed a Alpine HU (CDE-133BT) plan on figuring out what speakers i want to run next. I also recieved some parts to fix my leaky rack.

I ordered a rebuild kit from BMW (which still isnt here yet!) but all the other pieces I order are in.

All pictured: small bags are misc clamps.

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:43 PM
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Well just found out today (almost a month later) that the rebuild kit for the rack isn't availible in the US. They have to get it from germany which is going to take another 3 weeks!!

Guess I will be waiting some more.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:53 AM
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Well i scored yesterday at the junkyard. I picked up two sets of pemium rear speakers for my car. Of course I will only be utilizing one of them (the black pair) and I will just hoard the other pair (tan, less desireable) they sound much better than the standard speakers! I spent $30 for both sets, im happy!
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good work, looking forward to final result!
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:34 PM
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Well he is one picture of the car as it sits today. Its pretty clean for being a '84. There is still plenty of work to be done. But as of now its good driving it back and forth to work. I do need a AC bracket to mount the compressor, I have looked at the local yard but I came up empty. There is a picture of the muffler too.





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Old 03-23-2013, 10:38 PM
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Here is a very short clip of the dynomax muffler @ idle. Nice deep tone.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:17 PM
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Well it looks like I will be doing my clutch soon. The clutch is still good however the release bearing is shot. Very hard to get it in gear. I have been using no clutch to shift gears for the past couple of days. I just ordered the following stuff. Still need the clutch kit.

Plastic pivot for release fork
New release fork
New retaining spring
Guibo(flex coupling)
Transmission mounts
Trans input shaft seal
Guide tube
Selector rod seal rear main seal
New flywheel bolts
New pressure plate bolts
17mm hex head drain/fill plug socket tool
Pilot bearing puller

And because it has been raining new tail light gaskets

The clutch kit will come with the pilot bearing, release bearing, pressure plate and disc

Will keep you guys informed. Thanks
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:23 PM
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Just recieved my above list today. Just have to pick up a clutch kit and I should be ready to go.
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