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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 05-24-2005, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of buying an E30. I used to have an 85 325e and have very fond memories of it and now am looking to cut my car payment and pick up something around 3-4K

What are some things to look at when buying an E30, my old one was around 180,000 miles and seemed to be running strong before i totaled it in a moment of 19 year old stupidity.

I know I want a coupe and a 5spd, sport package and probably the 2.5i engine this time around.

I am going to autocross the car so I know that I'll need to change the tires, and probably the wheels.

How wide are the stock wheels?
How wide a tire will fit in the stock wheel well?
What are good inexpensive adjustable shocks?
What are a good spring to match up with them?

Thanks for all the advice that's coming.
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How wide are the stock wheels?

185mm

How wide a tire will fit in the stock wheel well?

225front 245 rear (+24 offset on 7.5" wheels)

What are good inexpensive adjustable shocks?

illuminas

What are a good spring to match up with them?

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really the stock wheels are 14"x185mm?

or is that 14"x7", that seems wide to me even.

I was thinking they would be lik 14"x6" huh.
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Yeah,they are 14x6.If you want to autocross,then get the 15x7 "is" rims.
Like previously said Tokico illuminas are the cheapest adjustable shocks out there.The bests are the yellow konis.
I used FK HiTec springs with my HP Tokico's.1.6"drop.
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I've been looking around, and most of the the 325is's that I've seen come with 14x6.5 basketweave rims.

What cars had the 15x7?
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I've been looking around, and most of the the 325is's that I've seen come with 14x6.5 basketweave rims.

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