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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 05-11-2015, 07:55 AM
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So I might be an e30 owner

Back in December I wrecked my beloved e36 328is her name was red rocket but I called her red for short.Click image for larger version

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ID:	508585 so I had to find something quick. Ended up with 2 88 mk3 toyota supras. And I've been given the opportunity to trade straight across for an 87 e30 325i I'm just wondering if I should do it. And what do I need to look for when I go to look at it? What do I need to know about e30s before getting one? Help!
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:11 AM
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Umm what a deal!! And just the basics when looking for a car.

Open up the oil cap and see if blue smoke comes out, if so then it's bad.

If you get it, WELCOME!
if it ain't german and doesn't begin with the letter B, DO NOT TOUCH IT.
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8.2 pound baby boy named Logan Nathaniel
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:11 AM
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Mein Auto: Two 1987 325i, 418K, 211K
Good service records are a plus. Ask the owner if he or she knows when the last timing belt was put in. If not, you'll need to install one right after you buy it. Also, if they don't know, unlikely that they are well versed in much of the vehicle's maintenance. Best case would be a stack of service records from a good garage.

Look at the boots on the tie rods. If they are torn, another bad sign on maintenance awareness. Also more likely that you'll need a new rack soon.
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