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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 11-05-2016, 02:48 PM
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Acquiring a 87 325e

So I might be trading my e46 for an 87 325e. What are some things that I should look out for? Typical problems, reliability, general information about these cars. Below is brief information about the car. Thanks in advance Click image for larger version

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Old 11-05-2016, 03:31 PM
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Acquiring a 87 325e

Good find. Odometers gears on these cars break so a low mileage is not a good indicator of a cars serviceability. Look for maintenance records. Inquire as to when the timing belt and water pump were changed. Look for fluid leaks at valve cover, oil pan, rear of engine(rear main leak), power steering rack, and radiator. Check manual transmission for clutch chatter from throw out bearing, shifter slop and clutch life. A high pedal can indicate a clutch with a short life span. Check all rubber hose and intake boots for cracks. Check control arms, end links, and tie rod ends for torn boots and slop. Start engine and listen to engine without reving it. Allow engine to warm up. Idle speed should be high but drop to 700 rpm once engine warms up. Beware of fluctuating idle speeds, which could indicate a vacuum leak or another mechanical issue. The AC uses R12 so ensure it works or has been converted to R134. Your car uses the old compressor so that must be changed to properly run R134. Inspect the drive shaft universal joints for slop and check the center bearing for noise and torn rubber isolator. The Guibo is prone to breaking apart so replace it looks questionable. Check the rear differential for wetness which could indicate a seal leak and possible low fluid level. Check the drive axle boots for tears and dry rot. Finally. Take it for a drive and see how she handles and accelerates through the gears. Check the brakes. Ensure that all gauges and lights work on the instrument cluster. The oil/service light, coolant level light, and brake pad warning light are common faults which can be simply reset or corrected with an inexpressive sensor. The check engine light indicates a fault in the engine fuel or ignition system which should be addressed ASAP. The engines on these cars are practically bullet proof when properly maintained and guys on the forum have boasted mileage in excess of 400k.
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:22 AM
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One thing he hasn't said. Check for rust. It's gonna have some just like any e30. Under the battery tray check if there's rust there, also go under the car check the floor boards and see if they're still intact.

Crank it up, and listen to the valves, see when the last time they've been adjusted. Check oil pan, power steering for any leaks. You'll love the car tho man, they're great and super easy to work on. If you have any questions, add me or message me whenever,. Ill be glad to help .


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Old 11-06-2016, 09:26 AM
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Oh yeah, don't trust anyone that says there is no rust on the car. Inspect it and make sure for yourself


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Old 11-09-2016, 06:55 AM
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Thanks for all of pointers. End up car had some mechanical issues that I wasn't willing to deal with
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