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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 08-30-2004, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Later today I am going to look at a 1988 325ix 5spd coupe with about 175k miles on it. Owner is asking $1800 but said he would take $1300. Without looking at it yet, he has told me the front fenders have a little rust, it has a bad front strut (which I guess means it would need a new set), and a faulty power window. AC works. That's all I know for now but if I like it I will have to make a decision quickly because there is another interested buyer.

I'd like an enthusiast's opinion on this car and I just wanted to get some quick advise of what to look for (mainly the rust concerns me- where to determine how rusty this thing really is) and common things to check for from you guys with E30 experience.

I haven't ever owned a BMW but I'm an engineer who's not afraid to get my hands dirty and have a lot of experience with saabs, japanese and american cars.

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Read the Consiering buying and E30 thread pinned at the top. just check all the fenders and such, look for VIN#'s, cuz if you cant see any, it means that it was repainted which mostly means that it was in an accident.
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Yeah an original BMW has VIN stickers on the fenders doors hood and trunk B)
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