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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 09-11-2013, 07:28 PM
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Just brought home an E30 325es

Hey everyone. So I just brought home my first BMW, an E30 325es. As usual, the odo is broken. But, on the drive over here I noticed that it loses power when going uphill. Also, when the engine was warm, it would idle at 1.5rpm. The radio inside displays "CODE" and dk what to do with that. The fuel gauge and speedo work, but the temp gauge and mpg gauge don't work.

I will totally be changing the timing belt, water pump, dist cap/rotor, wires, plugs, etc.

What do you guys think? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and I am happy to finally join the BMW family

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Old 09-11-2013, 08:03 PM
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Congrats, and welcome to the fest!

Sounds like you have a vacuum leak. The high idle and poor power under load are symptoms of vacuum leaks.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:07 AM
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Dangit!! By the looks of it, I bought the wrong year and model of E30

I can't do the bumper swaps on the 86 and have the less powerful M20B27...
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:41 AM
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Also, is $300 for a non-cracked dash a good price?
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:47 AM
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If it's in perfect condition, yes.

And don't sweat the "e" engine. They're fun, too. You can always swap up to an "i" or even an M5x/S5x later, but I think you'll like the simplicity of the M20.


Bumper swap is doable with a little work on the rear. Straight bolt-up on the front.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:48 PM
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If you do a good service and get it back to run like it should the e is a torque monster of a motor basically the same as the i motor at 164ft lbs. peak torque. So unless you plan on going for top speed runs the car will still feel pretty fun to drive,just keep it in the power-band .I hope it's a stick or it's an i head and a turbo or a trans swap.The CODE on the radio might be with the papers that came with the car but if not you can call you local dealer and talk with the service department .They should be able to help you get the code to reset the radio ,or it may be on the back of the radio (sometimes people will write it on the radio itself).

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Old 09-12-2013, 09:40 PM
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Dangit!! By the looks of it, I bought the wrong year and model of E30

I can't do the bumper swaps on the 86 and have the less powerful M20B27...
84-87 E30 is ok. 88-91 coupe manual is what is in high demand.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:57 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I am very happy and excited about this E30. I did find the DIY for the front bumper and valence bolt on, but the rear tuck requires drilling into the shocks...uh no thanks lol. I'll keep the diving board on the back for now lol. I did indeed get a manual transmission, at least I got that right!

I'm going to hold off on the aesthetics for now till I do the "new car" kit and upgrade suspension. Any recommendations for a good strut/spring or coilover set to be used as a daily driver or cruiser? Don't plan on racing it or doing autocross.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:19 AM
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The Bav Autosport street set up is nice a little pricey but nice or the Tokico HP's not as nice but not as pricey then coilovers are pricey no matter where you get them but you can't beat K W's if you don't mind taking out a second morgage. Just make sure look around to source your parts you can save allot of money with a little research .There are more parts sources than you can imagine for a 30yr old BMW model.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:38 PM
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Re: Just brought home an E30 325es

Just tuck in your chrome bumpers. I did that to my 87'. Classy if you ask me haha. I have a temp gauge if you need one.

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:40 PM
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Re: Just brought home an E30 325es

And I was talking to a guy who had megan coil overs.. he said he liked it. But he wants to bag is supension

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Old 09-14-2013, 10:35 PM
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What about bilsteins or KYB's?? Just want a nice little drop with a decent ride. Or BC BR coilovers? I want to tuck my bumpers in, but am scared of drilling into the shocks haha.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:11 PM
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What about bilsteins or KYB's?? Just want a nice little drop with a decent ride. Or BC BR coilovers? I want to tuck my bumpers in, but am scared of drilling into the shocks haha.
Bilsteins are probably the best shocks you can get. I got them on the back and eibach lowering springs. But I might just get coil sleeves. But I heard that you have to do some cutting. So idk

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Old 09-16-2013, 02:01 PM
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You can find a mint dash for about $100 in the right place. AKA, facebook BMW parts groups have been really helpful with finding locals who have parts and just mates to share your car passions with.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:50 AM
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Just brought home an E30 325es

Congrats and welcome. I'm pretty new to this community also (6 months)..... Very helpful crowd. Extremely interesting/complex cars. Too much for me I think I'll be selling soon lol.


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Old 09-17-2013, 02:49 PM
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Don't give up yet they get easier the longer you own/deal with a BMW it just requires a certain amount of commitment .Think of it as a mistress just like a real one don't let your wife find out .This is why it's best to learn to do the work yourself or at least find a shop that won't send flyers with pics of your car being worked on to your house.I had a customer who moved Philly that used to come down to DC (Rockville,Md suburbs) to get his 535i worked on cause the shop in Philly he'd started going to sent just such an ad to his house and his wife found out how much he'd been spending on the car.So he started coming all the way back down to my shop so she wouldn't find again.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:42 PM
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Don't give up yet they get easier the longer you own/deal with a BMW it just requires a certain amount of commitment .Think of it as a mistress just like a real one don't let your wife find out .This is why it's best to learn to do the work yourself or at least find a shop that won't send flyers with pics of your car being worked on to your house.I had a customer who moved Philly that used to come down to DC (Rockville,Md suburbs) to get his 535i worked on cause the shop in Philly he'd started going to sent just such an ad to his house and his wife found out how much he'd been spending on the car.So he started coming all the way back down to my shop so she wouldn't find again.

Lmao wow! That IS like a mistress.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:16 AM
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It was a really pretty car. LOL
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:30 AM
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You can find a mint dash for about $100 in the right place. AKA, facebook BMW parts groups have been really helpful with finding locals who have parts and just mates to share your car passions with.
If you're finding MINT (as in perfect, and I mean PERFECT, like you can't tell they've ever been used) dashes for $100, you need to be buying them up and reselling for a profit. $100 for a mint E30 dash is a give-away price....at least here it is. The heat, sun and humidity has killed just about every one.
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If you're finding MINT (as in perfect, and I mean PERFECT, like you can't tell they've ever been used) dashes for $100, you need to be buying them up and reselling for a profit. $100 for a mint E30 dash is a give-away price....at least here it is. The heat, sun and humidity has killed just about every one.
My dash isn't horrible but it does have a couple of cracks. Are they hard to replace?
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Depends on how much you enjoy/tolerate removing and replacing hidden screws. Not really difficult, but it sure is time-consuming. Not my favorite job.
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Can you say pain in the butt,I mean literally .Mine has one big crack ,I was thinking I'd try filling it with epoxy putty and blending some vinyl paint to mach the dash .I don't know though I haven't tried it yet so I'll let you know if it works.It really sucks up until last summer I had a perfect dash but I left the car parked outside for 2weeks in my lot at the shop because there wasn't space inside and the dash cracked.when I parked it I didn't even think about it but I guess I should have covered the windshield.

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:10 PM
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Eibach pro springs, bilstein sport shocks is the exact setup you're looking for! As others have said... But it's true. It's ideal for what you described.

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Also, I have a mint condition dash that I would love to sell to ya. Email me at wmdipasquale@gmail.com. Let's do some business!

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Can you say pain in the butt,I mean literally .Mine has one big crack ,I was thinking I'd try filling it with epoxy putty and blending some vinyl paint to mach the dash .I don't know though I haven't tried it yet so I'll let you know if it works.It really sucks up until last summer I had a perfect dash but I left the car parked outside for 2weeks in my lot a the shop because there wasn't space inside and the dash cracked.when I parked it I didn't even think about it but I guess I should have covered the windshield.
Yup. If I do put in a nice one, I'm going to get religion on those windshield screens, maybe go one further and use the Tonneau Cover as well for longer downtime.
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