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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 02-28-2005, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My son is taking auto shop and he thought it would be fun to find an old car and get it into running shape. He's a senior and is leaving for college this coming fall. This car could possiblely be his mode of transportation in the comming year. I feel that bringing a car into good working shape would be a fun, rewarding and good learning experience. I want to spend around $1500. We're looking for a car that is easy to service and reliable by nature, and has parts readily available (for the most part). I was thinking about something in the vein of an old BMW 2002. What do you guys think? Other sugggestions?
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Old 02-28-2005, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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a BMW 2002 is definetly a good way to go, because its more then 30 years old, you dont have to worry about smog, so exhaust wont be as big of a problem, plus its an easy car to work with because just about any engine will fit in that bay.

So a 2002 would be a good way to go, they have definite capability, and they are really light and REALLY good looking and unique, so id say get the 2002.
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Old 02-28-2005, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1500 bucks and a 2002 dont mix
Get an early 318i M10

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cant lose with an E30 M3
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Old 02-28-2005, 11:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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cant lose with an E30 M3
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cant lose with an E30 M3*
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If you can find me a decent e30 m3 for 1500 bucks I'll marry you.
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go for an early 80s 323
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Hows that for a cheap car??
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i was just going to post that... btw, is that auto or manual?
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i would still say 2002, or possibly restoring an E21. I know we talked about 2002's last night, i forgot to mention that bringing an E21 just back to stock specs is also a good idea. I just meant that mod'ing an E21 would cost more then normal because parts are harder to find.

so Id say:

2002; 2002tii
E21 320i or 323
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you should check out that 320i in GA, sounds like a good deal, then you'd have 900$ to spend on it.
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i was just going to post that... btw, is that auto or manual?
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Its a manual, I'm changing the post now to include that and some other info.....
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