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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 05-03-2014, 06:31 PM
Speedyvonzalez Speedyvonzalez is offline
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Oh no! my e30 doesn't have carpet

When I got my car it was completely gutted except for the seats. All I have is a metal floor with some carpet pieces on it. I looked at some websites that sell carpet kits but the reviews were in fact very bad. Should I bring my car to a dealership? would they put carpet inside? I am a mechanically oriented man but I don't trust myself to install carpet. I just want to get it done.


On a side note with the help of (a lot of help) beammeupscottie and information I got from other members I am almost finished with rebuilding the entire center console. I will post pictures sometime this month. Thank you all.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:39 PM
beammeupscottie beammeupscottie is offline
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Hey I can get you some Tan carpet from an 1987 325i for about $75 plus shipping, its a parts car I got some pretty good stuff off of
He will send me some pics tomorrow. will the color and price work for you?
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:01 PM
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the carpet is in a 2 door coup
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:10 PM
Speedyvonzalez Speedyvonzalez is offline
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yeah tan is the color I need, but the problem is installing it. What kind of person would install it?
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:15 PM
beammeupscottie beammeupscottie is offline
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I think you could do it. it would be the exact size and shape providing yours is a 2 door and you can probably pull up a youtube vidio of it. still waiting for the guy to send me the pics of its condition but if I recall it is ok. other than that I would guess I have a call out to a guy who details cars and maybe he would have the answer. let you know
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:18 PM
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alright, let me look at some youtube videos now because honestly I have never used glue in a car and it makes me nervous lol
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:29 PM
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well remember this is carpet that has been in the car since 1987 and I just about bet it knows how to lay lol. It might not need glue, form fit and roll over and die
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:30 PM
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ok well then let's see the condition.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:10 AM
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got a pic of the carpet, it looks like no holes buy dirty. The guy who has it says it will clean up. Maybe could get it a little cheeper. If you want to go further I will figure out how to send the pic to you
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:40 AM
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I'll let you know in a few days as I am budgeting and trying to figure out what is best. Thanks for your help
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:50 AM
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no prob glad to do what I can do. I know how much I love my E30 and it looks like you are like me!
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:27 PM
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No glue

Had to pull my carpet on my 1991 318i vert because of water leakage. There's no glue involved. The side panels on the inside pop off with a little gentle pressure. I had to remove my center console, etc., and I opted not to remove dash or HVAC--simply clamped my carpet edges together over the center hump and stuck a fan in there. There is no place that ANYTHING has been glued, and my interior was pristine. Under the carpet was like a baby's bottom, aside from the water. I wouldn't worry--the carpet should be pre-moulded to fit, and then the panels, moulding, etc, clamp down the edges. Seats go in; you should be good to go. Let me know if you want pics of it up to see.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:14 PM
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ok jessica that is reassuring. I just got my car back today and I noticed some things that need immediate care. atm mainly the gas gauge isn't working right, and my tires need to be replaced so for now it looks like i will have to table the carpet. All things in good time I guess.
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:53 PM
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Replaced my '91 vert carpet with help from my boyfriend. It is moulded one piece - you just take out the seats and the center console and fight with it until it snaps in place. The hard part is getting the accelerator pedal out of the way to get the carpet underneath. There are videos on this part. Absolutely no glue involved.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:07 PM
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xolomom,

How did you get the old carpet out? I'm guessing you just cut it? I'm wanting to remove mine because I had some leaking issues and I want to fully dry it out, but I'm getting to the point of giving up because I'm having to remove more and more car parts. Any tips? And where are those videos?
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:56 PM
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front seats and rear bottom cushion come out, kick panels, center console and the bottom door trim pieces are what i remember off the sedans


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Old 05-08-2014, 09:08 PM
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Thanks, downhiller, I've gotten that far. Got my side panels off, speaker covers, center console, etc., but I'm nervous about taking out what appears to be the temp control unit, or something like. It's sitting on top of the center portion of carpet. I know I could cut it, but I'd rather not. Just wondering how much of the car I have left to unravel if I keep going. If it's only a couple things, I might do it, but if it's a lot farther, I'll have to make do with what I've got.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:22 AM
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Most of the carpet will be just stuffed up under the plastic bits. I didn't take out my bottom door trim, just wiggled the carpet back up under it until it lay flat. If you've removed all those things listed above, you should be able to just gently tug on the carpet where it goes under something and it will come out since there is no glue and no fasteners. Just google "removing gas pedal on bmw e30" and there will be tons of step by step instructions and some videos. The gas pedal is attached at the bottom of the floor and you have to pop out the clip that holds it. You really have to get your head down under the dash to see it and the clip might break since its old, but you can order one online or the dealer can get you one. Luckily mine didn't break, so it went right back in again. Honestly, that was the hardest part. The center console is a bitch, too, but at least it can be taken apart easily. Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:12 PM
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I just picked up a used grey carpet. there was a significant amount of salt deposits on it, like i have never seen before. I used my pressure washer and it cleaned up very well. It almost looks brand new. all the stains are gone and it smells great!

My blue carpet is coming out and its pretty easy to do. you will have to cut the peice that goes behind the heater core. otherwise you need to take it out. you never are going to see that tho.
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