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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 09-04-2014, 09:03 PM
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Hi guys, first post on here.
I have been looking at this e30 for my first car, it's a 1990 Bmw e30 325i.
It has 150,000 miles. Let me know what you guys think about it!
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:56 PM
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Welcome to the fest!

Only you can decide if you should buy it or not. What's the asking price? How many miles on it? Do they have any maintenance records with it, particularly when the timing belt was last changed, both time-wise and at what mileage? (That is critically important...break a timing belt and you're looking at a very large repair bill) How good it the convertible top?(Those are quite expensive to replace). Is it manual 5 speed or automatic? (the 5 speed is MUCH more desirable).
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:58 PM
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Ok well first off the asking price is 2,800 I believe the convertible top works. It's almost time for the timing belt to be changed


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Old 09-04-2014, 09:58 PM
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And it's an automatic


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Old 09-04-2014, 10:04 PM
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The top working is good, but that doesn't mean it's in good condition. See if they'll let you sit in it while they spray it down heavily with a water hose (if you can find that much water in California right now....). If it leaks, you're looking at $750 minimum for even a cheap top.

Automatics are fine...until you drive one with a 5 speed, and them you'll realize how much performance you're missing letting the car decide when to shift.

$2800 seems pretty high to me. I see at least a couple dents, and just from appearances the top doesn't look too good.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:05 PM
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I'm trying to talk the guy down to somewhere in the 2,500 range


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Old 09-04-2014, 10:08 PM
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How much mechanical knowledge do you have? This could either turn out to be a wonderful car to learn on (do the timing belt and water pump ASAP if you buy it) or an absolute nightmare of a money pit if you have to pay someone to do all your work on it.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:09 PM
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Well I've changed a timing belt before in my auto class. I want to get something I can Learn to work on you know?


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Old 09-04-2014, 10:17 PM
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That would be a good car to learn on. Simple, rugged (except for that timing belt) and relatively easy to work on. Examine EVERYTHING on it...windows, sunroof, door latches, A/C/heater, all the warning lights and dashboard systems, brakes, all the electrical system (such as lights and charging system). How's the interior? Are all four tires plus the spare in good shape, with not just good tread, but a recent manufacturing date? Tires with lots of tread but are starting to dry rot from old age will do you no good. Are all the tools in the tool tray? Are the suicide (factory) jack and lug wrench there? Use anything you find that isn't perfect as a price point to bring the selling price down
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:19 PM
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I'm having someone check it out for me. And they don't look hard to work on. The wheels and tires are new cause they came off of the guys other e30. I'll check for the jack and tools as well. Thanks


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Old 09-04-2014, 10:24 PM
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I know it's tempting to jump on the first one you find. I'm prone to do the same thing when I go car shopping (which isn't very often at all), but look around before you commit. There may be something better out there. If you can swing it financially, get a pre-purchase inspection done at an independent BMW shop. It'll cost $100-$200, but it may save you a fortune.

Good luck. Keep us informed what you do.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:25 PM
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I will. And the guy who I'm buying it from works at a bmw shop hahaha


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Old 09-04-2014, 10:33 PM
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