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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 08-20-2014, 01:53 AM
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318i vs 325e

So i am struggling to chose my first car. I've always wanted a 318i so one day i could put a m42 in it. But the only one in my area has a head gasket leak. and hes asking for 2.1k

Im not a big 325e fan since they are so much heavier. But this guy is asking for 2.7k And everything is stock and pretty clean. Nothing wrong.

The 318i is 1991 and has 216k miles on it and the 325e is 1987 and has 281k miles on it. I am so stuck...

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Old 08-20-2014, 02:34 AM
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OK well first a 1991 318is already has an M42 in it ,the head gasket repair will run you around 800 to a 1k depending on what else is damaged.The 325e is heaver but has more torque and the real ? is are either of these cars a 5sp, in an E30 the trans really makes a big difference in saying how much sporting potential one car has over another.Also with either car records of prior service would be a factor in determining the value of each car.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:40 AM
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I'd go with whichever car is in better condition.

The 325e has more torque but ultimately they're similar speed. Engine weight isn't an issue, the M20 is only 50lb heavier than the M42 (link)
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:42 AM
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The 318i comes with an m10b18. I should have metioned that. No clue why it has that engine. And everything is the same/similar stated otherwise. (Condition, manual or auto)
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:22 AM
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E30 318s had the M10 from 1982 to 1987.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:07 AM
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If the 1991 318is has an M10 in it run away from it! It's a junker with the wrong engine in it ,so your choice is clear the 325e which you say is in good condition .Though I still recommend having it checked by a BMW shop before you purchase it .

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:57 PM
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A car with the wrong engine in it AND a leaking head gasket sounds like bad news.
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