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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 09-26-2014, 08:26 AM
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Thumbs up I'm back - 1991 e30 vert

It's been a couple of years but I finally found another one - and a much cleaner than my previous 3 e30's.

I've had a 1984 318 coupe, a 1993 325 vert and a 1991 318 vert.

I just picked up a 1991 318 vert, with 74K original one owner miles. Not a spec of rust on the car, nearly MINT interior and in very good shape overall. Has some scratches and some dings, but the car has it's 24th birthday coming up in November and has original paint. I brought her home on Wednesday night and she doesn't leak a drop of oil and other than 15 year old non-brand tires, drives perfect. I just ordered a set of tires for it this morning and should have them installed on Monday afternoon.

Plans for the car: Replace the tires and drive as is until she goes in storage for the long WI winter. I drive about 3500 miles/month on average for work and would like to get her road worthy for 200-300 mile daily road trips about once a week. After winter, I'll either be keeping it stock or just do suspension and wheels. I'd like to preserve the OEM look but nothing looks better than a lowered e30

Anyway, I'm extremely excited about getting this thing, it is like a piece of BMW history. I have all the receipts from 1991-2003 (41K miles). The car clearly hasn't been driven much and it even came with the original owners manual, original cassette player (with the tape that it came with) and even the original window sticker. I drove it home 250 miles after buying it and averaged 30.8mpg, car runs great!

Yesterday I spent the day removing the ugly pin stripe and cleaning up the body. It needs a good buff and 3-4 coats of wax, I'll get to it eventually. I also put in a 10" MTX sub with an Eclipse amp I've had laying around for the last 10 years for a little extra sounds on those noisy highways. The car came with a Sony CD player.

I'll stop blabbing, here are some pictures:










Going through the receipts the first night:

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Old 09-26-2014, 08:37 AM
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Forgot to mention - No cracks on the dash, the odometer works and the antenna goes up and down. First one I've had that all 3 are good
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:21 AM
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:44 PM
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That paint looks like it will respond really well to a clay, polish, and wax.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:25 PM
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Thanks guys. Put new tires on today, the tech asked if I bought it in California. The shop couldn't believe how clean it is for a 91.

Drives so much better now!
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:24 PM
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Thanks guys. Put new tires on today, the tech asked if I bought it in California. The shop couldn't believe how clean it is for a 91.

Drives so much better now!
what tires did you end up putting on?
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Nice looking auto.

And I am still a fan of those Bottle caps
being some what new to the E30 are the bumpers stock for that year.?
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looks right. dont remember when they stopped the db on the verts


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looks right. dont remember when they stopped the db on the verts


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The change over from DB to plastic bumpers was a mid year change for the 91 verts. I have an early 91 vert that still has DBs.
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