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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 10-26-2003, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I've got a friend with what I think he told me is a 325is, but I'm not positive bout that model designation (may have said 325es, but I've never heard of an es). Anyways, it broke the timing belt, and he offered to sell it to me for $200-$300. But I've got a few questions first. Do these cars always bend valves when the timing belt goes? And how expensive are the valves, and head work, assuming I do all the labor myself, except any machining the heads may need? Easy to work on these motors? (Most of my experience is with my 300zx, VG30DE motor.) And based on what I've told you, would you buy the car were you in my shoes? He said it's in average condition inside and out, and everything still works. Thanks for any and all help.
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I have an 88 325, it cost me about $1200 to fix after the timing belt broke. Had a mechanic do it for me at a local dealership. I think it had 1 broke rocker 2 bent intake valves and 4 bent exhaust valves.
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