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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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#1 (permalink) Old 06-24-2004, 09:03 PM
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Well, first of all I must thank spiff325is for the "Considering Buying an E30" thread. That was most helpful and answered most of my questions.

Well, I have found a 1989 325is with 192,000 miles on the clock at a dealership. The window price is $2,345.

I dropped by today to check it out and took it for a test drive. It started without hesitation and idled smoothly. Clutch action was easy with a firm engagement. The shifter action was a little rubbery, but it went easily into the gates with no mis-shifts.

I didn't get to run it up to redline as I had the salesman with me, but I ran it up to about 4000 or so in second, and it gained speed easily. The car tracked straight, and I don't think there was any play in the steering at all.

But it has had some body work done. The salesman told me it had recently been painted. It didn't look bad, but I saw a spot on the fender where the paint appeared to be peeling. I couldn't see any obvious signs of an accident though. The front lip or air dam or whatever you call it had been cracked and repaired in one spot, and I don't think either of the fog lights were in it.

The interior was nice, except for the seats. They arent horrible, but the leather has stress fissures in it. The dash and all interior panels looked very nice. Everything seemed to work, save for what the salesman admitted was broken, the right side window motor, and the A/C. He claimed that the A/C had not been checked and he didn't know what was wrong with it. I turned on the fan blower and hit the A/C switch and I'm pretty sure the compressor kicked on. So maybe it just needs to be charged up. I won't hold my breath.

Thats all from my impressions that I can think of right now. I do have a couple other questions, though.

1. Parts - I know everything will be more expensive than a domestic. How painful will it be, for stuff that generally goes out, like the alternator, brake pads, stuff like that.

2. Is the asking price reasonable? I've checked kelley blue book and it seemed so, but you guys could probably tell me more accurately.

3. Is this a car the average "at-home mechanic" can work on easily? Any special tools needed? If I do need something done by a professional mechanic, will most good shops be able to do what I need, or does it need to be a foreign specialist. (I know this is something I will ask my current mechanic, but I'd just like to know, 'in general')

I guess thats it for now. Feel free to comment on anything about the car you think I should know.
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I dont want to answer your questions since im not experienced enough but do they have a list of all the replaced parts and repairs on the car?

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It's not a BMW dealership. AFAIK, they don't have anything like that. However, there were a lot of papers/recipts in the glovebox I'd like to go through.
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1. Parts - I know everything will be more expensive than a domestic. How painful will it be, for stuff that generally goes out, like the alternator, brake pads, stuff like that.
Its not that hard at all. you just need to have some tools. I havent done any of that stuff to my car yet, but will soon, so Ill keep you updated. you might want to ask MrM3 or Fox about that more indepth tech stuff, but changing brake deals and such shouldnt be too hard.

The asking price is very good, my car has 205k, and I got it for 5k, but aught it with 195k.

The seats are the usualy, they will most likely have wear, which they do, so dont freak. that price is a very good price to ask for. and you shouldnt have too much trouble maintaining it. though, when you buy it, its always good to do a new tensior blet and radiator and water pump, and possibly new rear shock mounts and new front upper strut bearings.

and for your seats, take them to a local leather or refurbishing company, and they should have sprays and such you can use to restore your leather instead of buying new seats.

iS seats are really good. they hold and have a good sporty feel to the, so id suggest keeping them, mine are worn, but my car came with these seat covers, that to me, dont look half bad.

Sounds like a good deal to me. Id go for it, but some pics might help us out some too.

And im glad that my thread helped you out.

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What I meant was, how expensive are the parts themselves? Eg, is the maintenance cost of the car very bad?

I want to go by the place again tomorrow. I keep a digicam in my car, I'll grab some pics if possible and check the 325 more carefully. Today's trip was pretty hurried.

Something else I forgot was that the radio said "Code" and wouldn't do anything. The salesman said that you would have to call BMW and give them the VIN, and they would give you a code to unlock it . Any of you had to do this? Is it difficult/aggrevating?
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I went back today and looked the car over more closely (about 45 mins). Everything still looks great on it. I found the original window stickers in the glovebox. It was shipped to Kentucky originally, and CarFax records (which start in 1997 for this car) indicate that it has stayed a southern car. The underbody suggests this as well .

I should note that the car is actually a 1987. The guy told me 89 at first.

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I would buy it.
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try to find out why the car was repainted. a car like that with high mileage, non-original paint, and that may or may not have been in a serious wreck shouldnt be worth more than $2k.
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I'm not sure that he did get it painted. In the glovebox I found a recipt dated march of this year where he got the doorhandles painted. If he had gotten the whole car painted I think he would want more for it.

And the peeling that I referred to in my first post may be original paint. The paint on the car really doesnt look fresh.

CarFax didn't show up any wrecks. If it had been in a serious accident, I doublt it would have been fixed at its age. And if it was fixed early in its life, they did a good job. Like I said, I looked over this car thoroughly.
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I would get it..try to bring price down a little...I bet u can...they wat to get rid of it i bet...
My car was 7 orignally when i was going to buy it...my mom talked them down to 4,900. Of course that was two years ago and the car only had 83,900 miles.

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What I meant was, how expensive are the parts themselves? Eg, is the maintenance cost of the car very bad?
Just joined the forums... Also looking for the same info.
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well, for maintance parts, www.bavarianautosport.com has good parts that you can use.

and some shops, the mechanic can order the parts for you less and the labor is less if you order through him.

but it depends what parts your trying to fix.

just a few:

rear shock mounts: 12$ pair.
upper strut tower bearings: 44.90
springs(individually): 109$
shock set(4): 229$
water pump: 49.00
radiator: 249
rotors(front): 40.00
rotors(rear): 29
pads(front/rear): 40.00

I cant think of anymore prices at the top of my head, but those are some of the basics I guess, I hope this helps.

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I have the EXACT same car, 1987 BMW 325is
It's such an awesome car when it runs good.
Kicks the shit out of though gay civics.(when it runs good)
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It's a great car to own for 2k something $, mine has 240k miles on it and it hasn't died so far.

I tried to install a cd player myself, and got screwed.
It's about as hard as trying to fly with your arms, and now my gay speedometer wont work. Does anyone know if it's because the original stereo is not connected, or because of something else maybe. All the fuses in the fuse box are working.
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