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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 03-01-2016, 06:57 PM
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1989 E30 M50 Swap

Hi Guys,
I've been keeping an eye out for a decent E30 325i and happened to come across a manual with an M50 swap for about $6k. I haven't gone to look at it yet, but wanted to know if there's anything I should keep an eye out for engine wise. It looks pretty clean in the pictures, the body and interior look great but the engine thing is making me think twice.

Is it a bad idea buying one with an already swapped engine?

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Old 03-02-2016, 05:09 AM
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If you have a understanding of what looks good and factory, a shoddy done swap stands out.
Have a look at the wiring, water hoses, air intake etc.
a experienced person can tell the good from the bad within a minute.

a swap that is incomplete normally becomes a nightmare.
Read up on my project in my signature to see what a factory looking swap entails
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:59 PM
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Thank you! Looks like I'll have some evening reading to do!
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