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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 03-24-2013, 08:06 PM
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WTB: e30 or e36

Yo whats up, Im new to the forums. I drive an e90 328. Currently lookin for an e30 or e36. Its gotta be a coupe and manual. Doesent matter about anything else. Running or not, good condition or bad, anything is fine. Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:57 PM
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Bump. Nothing?
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:32 PM
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forums are generally better used when you have found a few examples and you want our advice on them. we arent here to buy you a car lol
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:42 PM
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Craigslist. In a city the size of Houston you will find dozens. I took a quick look and saw a nice 318ti.

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3672465712.html
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:47 PM
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forums are generally better used when you have found a few examples and you want our advice on them. we arent here to buy you a car lol
Hahaha sorry. U can tell im a newb.

Ive been searching my tail off and cant seem to find any e30s for my price. A local guy pm'd me from craigslist and I was about to pick up his 4 door 5 speed e30 for $850. But it came the day to check out the car and has not answered my million calls and texts guess he sold it :\

I guess I should wait a couple of months to pick up one for about 2500. Thought someone might help me find a good listed one. Planning on swapping a e39 540i v8 into it. And rebuilding the car. Thanks anyways.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:48 PM
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Craigslist. In a city the size of Houston you will find dozens. I took a quick look and saw a nice 318ti.

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3672465712.html
I have craigslisted a bunch.

With that one I dont want to waste my time with auto.

Thanks though
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:05 PM
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Hahaha sorry. U can tell im a newb.

Ive been searching my tail off and cant seem to find any e30s for my price. A local guy pm'd me from craigslist and I was about to pick up his 4 door 5 speed e30 for $850. But it came the day to check out the car and has not answered my million calls and texts guess he sold it :\

I guess I should wait a couple of months to pick up one for about 2500. Thought someone might help me find a good listed one. Planning on swapping a e39 540i v8 into it. And rebuilding the car. Thanks anyways.
if thats the case, user here garagistic i believe is looking to sell thier V8 E30, prehaps you should just buy that?
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:26 PM
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if thats the case, user here garagistic i believe is looking to sell thier V8 E30, prehaps you should just buy that?
That is the exact e30 I want to build I really wanted to put my time and effort into it though. If they have it for a good price then I guess why not. I couldent find the price though.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:51 AM
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A v8 powered e30 is quite an ambitious project. I would suggest starting with an M5x (24 valve) powered e30 and if that doesn't have enough power for your taste you can always sell it. At least you would have the experience to tackle the v8 project after the M5x swap. There is a guy on this forum who is selling an S54 powered e30 in the classified section. The problem is that after spending a lot of money he still doesn't have it running so he is just trying to unload it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:33 PM
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Go e30
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:37 PM
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A v8 powered e30 is quite an ambitious project. I would suggest starting with an M5x (24 valve) powered e30 and if that doesn't have enough power for your taste you can always sell it. At least you would have the experience to tackle the v8 project after the M5x swap. There is a guy on this forum who is selling an S54 powered e30 in the classified section. The problem is that after spending a lot of money he still doesn't have it running so he is just trying to unload it.

Whats the link?
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:39 PM
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Go e30
Most definitely. Still searchin like a dog though
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:00 AM
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what do you ultimately want do with the car? is it just a side project?

I like the e30 because (rust aside) I find it simpler to work on.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:23 AM
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what do you ultimately want do with the car? is it just a side project?

I like the e30 because (rust aside) I find it simpler to work on.
I want to be able to drive it for about 6 months and fix cosmetic issues. After that I want to swap out the engine for a e39 540i v8. Not sure what the name of the engine is, I think m60. Im probably wrong though.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:40 AM
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out of curiosity, why do you want to do the M60 and not the S50? (having not done either) i would think that the S50 would result in the same performance, weight less, and be easier to install.

cost wise i would think the S50 would be less, after all the fabrication and install??? i am guessing on that.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:51 AM
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out of curiosity, why do you want to do the M60 and not the S50? (having not done either) i would think that the S50 would result in the same performance, weight less, and be easier to install.

cost wise i would think the S50 would be less, after all the fabrication and install??? i am guessing on that.
I never thought of that. I always wanted a v8 for the sounds it produces. Its music to my ears. But I also wanted it for performance reasons and I am going to definitely take that into consideration.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:23 AM
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With our m6x swap kit, its not as hard to swap a v8 into an e30 as it use to be.

http://store.garagistic.com/ocart/bmw-e30-parts/bmw%20motor%20swap/m60-m62-e30-motor-mounts

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:14 AM
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With our m6x swap kit, its not as hard to swap a v8 into an e30 as it use to be.

http://store.garagistic.com/ocart/bmw-e30-parts/bmw%20motor%20swap/m60-m62-e30-motor-mounts

Will definitely consider your kit once car is purchased.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:56 AM
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I would recommend that other people with swap experience weigh in on my comment that it would be cheaper.

from what I gather the M50, M52 and S50 are pretty simple swaps. That being said I wouldn't be able to do it myself, with out extensive write ups/manuals.


to put my level of experience into perspective:
I am facing a timing belt and cooling system change and I am nervous to dive into it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:50 PM
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I would recommend that other people with swap experience weigh in on my comment that it would be cheaper.

from what I gather the M50, M52 and S50 are pretty simple swaps. That being said I wouldn't be able to do it myself, with out extensive write ups/manuals.


to put my level of experience into perspective:
I am facing a timing belt and cooling system change and I am nervous to dive into it.
I would be too. Good luck though. Keep me updated with it

Would those engines produce the same performance as the m60?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:42 PM
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http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3710945532.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3706795388.html

So I found these 2 and they basically fit what I want. 1 problem, I dont have enough
I shot the e30 guy an offer but he said the lowest he would go is 2800.

I have yet to shoot an offer to the e36.
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