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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 08-04-2012, 04:39 PM
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Just picked up a Bmw e30 325i

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THATS THE BEFORE PICTURE
also installed a magna flow muffler
with dual chrome tips sounds nice i prefer it do it urself or it will cost a lot got mine done for about 200 also needed a new catalytic converter since the previous owner never changed his so total i payed about 250 for all the parts i needed i will post a video on youtube and share the link once i get the car back

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this is my project list so far

..CHANGE WINDSHIELD !!!
..ALLIGN HOOD !!!
..DRIVERS SIDE DOOR !!!
..BACK DOOR DRIVERS SIDE !!!
..ALLIGN FRONT AND REAR BUMBR !!!
..2 SIDE VIEW MIRRORS !!
..WHOLE FRONT GRILL !!
..DOOR HANDLE TRIM BACK RIGHT
..HEADLIGHTS and HIGH BEAMS SMOKED OUT SMILEYS
..SPOILER UNDERNEATH BUMPER
..EMBLEMS !! Black and white
..DOOR PANEL SPEAKER COVERS
..BRAKE LIGHT BULB
..FOG LIGHT BULBS
..PAINT JOB !!.
THE CAR IN THE BODY SHOP
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I WILL PUT THE AFTER PICTURES ONCE THE CAR IS DONE! THIS THREAD IS NOT FINISHED


Couple questions

1) i had a oil leak their was a hole in my oil pan where it would leak from i welded it shut but half as much oil is still spilling about half a quart the seal on the pan is broken but the oil should only leak from their if the engine is on and it shoots up from pressure so my question is where do you guys think it could possible leak from on the oil pan i was thinking the screws arent tight but i have not checked yet since its in the shop

2) there was this weird noise coming from my engine i put wd40 on the belts on the noise went away is that a For sure fix or would the problem come back again

3) i also wanted to drop the car what suspension do you guys think i should go with not to low and not to pricey i want to spend about 400

4) also want to put new wheels when i got it back what do you guys think about these http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...163722478.html the third one

THANKS!

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Old 08-04-2012, 06:24 PM
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For the suspension, you could get Eibach Pro-Kit springs.. http://www.shopatron.com/products/pr...003.140/3269.0 $379. But I'd seriously consider new shocks to support the new springs. You're gonna blow the old shocks if you put those on
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:28 PM
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change the belts and double check the pulley alignment. oil leak, its just a matter of finding where its coming from.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:07 AM
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Thanks for the replies @Downhiller i will have to check for the leak, yet to find out where the leak is coming from exactly
@Terrains yeah that is true i was planning on changing the shocks as well thanks for the advice anyway alot of people blow their shocks that way
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:05 PM
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Almost done getting painted!!
Pretty stoked!!
Sorry it's been a whole since I updated this post since last time I have changed the transmission placed new hoses new belts changed oil pan gaskets seal. And a lot of other maintenance the car will be ready by next week hopefully
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:54 PM
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Dont forget the bushes etc when the springs are fitted. Brake overhaul? Shame if it doen't stop. Sump off, clean, fill with kerro and see where the leak is. Is it a 2 part sump like the 318? Guess what - both parts off for the clean and leak check. Weld and true up as required. Deburr + LIGHTLY countersink all holes. New gaskets with Loctite 515. Leak = history.
Belt noise - new belts and glaze-bust the pullies with 1000 wet and dry.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:30 PM
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Dont forget the bushes etc when the springs are fitted. Brake overhaul? Shame if it doen't stop. Sump off, clean, fill with kerro and see where the leak is. Is it a 2 part sump like the 318? Guess what - both parts off for the clean and leak check. Weld and true up as required. Deburr + LIGHTLY countersink all holes. New gaskets with Loctite 515. Leak = history.
Belt noise - new belts and glaze-bust the pullies with 1000 wet and dry.
thanks i actually did all the things u said in the past the car is in great condition now i appreciate the reply
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:29 AM
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Did you use a lift to replace the Catalytic converter? Also was it a highflow type? Did it improve your performance noticably?
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:19 PM
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Yea i did use the lift! and yes it is a high flow, but i have not actually got to see the results yet since right after i changed it i took it to the body shop for the paint and i dont get it back until next week i will keep you updated on how it is performance wise! @Road Doggie
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:42 AM
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Body shop almost done, all thats left is color sanding then detail! Got the window chrome trimming painted black and also repainted the whole grill black + the kidney.

Just bought a pair of smoked turn signal lenses.

In a sense its a dream come true.
Stay posted, more details coming soon

Having water leaks and a tiny leak from a hose gonna check it out shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:48 PM
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:56 AM
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Looks great. Whites a good color for the E30, mine is Bronzitbeige. Its a beautiful car, everything about it :')
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