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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 06-20-2006, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 1981 320is E21...2500 made total?

so i did some research and found that they only made 2500 of the "IS" in the 1981 320 E21.... so does that mean it is going to be worth alot of money in a few years... I dont want to boast, but mine is in Grate shape

the reason for wondering is i have become VERY interested in a 1988 M3. i was thinking of selling my E21 and going M3... what should i do?!
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I would hang on to your E21 for a while, especially since its in such great shape. I dont think it would be worth it to sell it.
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Man do you have any idea how many people on this forum dream of having an e30 m3. As collectable as you e21 may become, its value will always be hindered by the fact that its an "ugly" car.

The e30 m3 on the other hand is likely to be just as valuable/collectable and will be alot more fun to drive and look at.
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Hey, keep that to yourself. Ugly is relative, I knew a guy that drove a 2002 and thought that the e30s were "ugly".
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Ugly??? Hell no man, it's a sexy classic. Have you ever seen an Alpina E21?
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Ugly was in quotations for a reason, god people! In the public eye an e21 is an ugly car, and i doubt anyone on here would argue it is sexier than an e30 m3.

Personally i do not like the e21, i think they have potential but in stock form they are just not an attractive car.

Yes Joemadoo i have seen an alpina e21 but we are not talking about alpina e21's here are we.

To me the e21 was unfortunately released between two great cars, the 2002 before it (roundlight of course) and the e30 after it. All I am going to say is that i think if he does not go with the m3 he is crazy.

Also just out of curiosity anyone have production numbers on m3's in 1988?
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In 88 there were 3,426 E30 M3 saloon BMWs built. The rare ones are the 2.3 M3 Evo 2 with 220bhp built from 3/88 to 5/88 only 501 were made, then the 2.3 M3 Kat Europameister 88 with 195bhp built from 10/88 to 11/88 only 150 ever made.

P.S. 1988 was the starting year for the M3 cabriolet, there were only 130 built in that year.

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theyre not bad.. i might however, if i were you, change the roundels..makes it looks newer than new. (the rest of it, from what i can see, looks like its nice..but one thing that pisses me off more than civics...is junky, old roundels.
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I agree. One thing i would look into if it were my car would be a set of euro bumpers, and maybe some fatter wheels.
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