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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 04-06-2005, 08:21 PM
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I've owned a Mustnag GT for a few years now and have had a nice 5.0 coupe That 5.0 coupe is one reason I'm attracted to the E30, all business except the E30 offers a bit more in style to be sure!

I've had a tweaked Eagle Talon TSi too. All faster cars. Latley though I've been really wanting a 91 318Is with a five speed. All out power isn's as important as stopping and turning but I know in the future I'll want some of that power back. I choose the 318 for it's lighter weight.

First: am I a fool for favoring the 318 over a 325Is just because of the weight?

Two: assuming I've got it turning and stopping right who has done a power adder? I'm not in to blowers. I favor turbo. The reality is that I would not really ever end up with a 4-5 K turbo kit but more than likely a mix-match of parts to form a turbo system. Anyone have real experience with that?

I get different ideas all the time about what I like. I looked at a 733 because it seemed like a nice family cruiser but my options to take it higher were just not there so I keep coming back to the E30. I just want one I'll keep. I'm tired of getting bored with cars and dumping them so I'm doing my research instead of impulse buying.
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yeah, I'd say if you are into the 91 E30 style look into a 325i/is... Plenty of room for upgrade so you should not get bored... A few minor mods and you'll have it running right up there with the Mustang, E30 great cars, but you gotta have the 6cyl.. (unless you are going M3 of course...)

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I've gone from a SAAB 900 Aero 87 that was close to 200hp, crasched it due to a mooseon the road. Then bought a 318is.

Then bought another 318is so I had two at the same time. Then traded away one for a 900 Aero 88 with well over 200hp plus suspention and brake upgrades, regretted it after a week. 318is rules when it comes to fun factor.

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I've gone from a SAAB 900 Aero 87 that was close to 200hp, crasched it due to a mooseon the road. Then bought a 318is.

Then bought another 318is so I had two at the same time. Then traded away one for a 900 Aero 88 with well over 200hp plus suspention and brake upgrades, regretted it after a week. 318is rules when it comes to fun factor.
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What year was the 318is ??
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Originally posted by jze325i+Apr 7 2005, 05:17 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jze325i @ Apr 7 2005, 05:17 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-ILiveToRide@Apr 7 2005, 08:28 AM
I've gone from a SAAB 900 Aero 87 that was close to 200hp, crasched it due to a mooseon the road. Then bought a 318is.

Then bought another 318is so I had two at the same time. Then traded away one for a 900 Aero 88 with well over 200hp plus suspention and brake upgrades, regretted it after a week. 318is rules when it comes to fun factor.
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What year was the 318is ??
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90, both of them (only official year they were sold here as E30's). I've only had E30's before this E36.

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I've gone from a SAAB 900 Aero 87 that was close to 200hp, crasched it due to a mooseon the road. Then bought a 318is.

Then bought another 318is so I had two at the same time. Then traded away one for a 900 Aero 88 with well over 200hp plus suspention and brake upgrades, regretted it after a week. 318is rules when it comes to fun factor.
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What year was the 318is ??
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90, both of them (only official year they were sold here as E30's). I've only had E30's before this E36.
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Is that correct? I've been looking at a 91 318is. It is a gray market car?
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yeah, I'd say if you are into the 91 E30 style look into a 325i/is... Plenty of room for upgrade so you should not get bored... A few minor mods and you'll have it running right up there with the Mustang, E30 great cars, but you gotta have the 6cyl.. (unless you are going M3 of course...)


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The problem has been finding a good 325Is. All the cars in the Autotrader are either automatics, have very high miles, are trash, or the owner is looking to recover every single cent they put in to the car! I like the later cars because I like how the bumpers are more flush to the body. There is a 318Is in there now that is a 91 with a 5spd. The ask is 4k but the ad does not state the milage. Whenever people do not put that in the ad you know the answer isn't what you want to hear!

I would love to have an E30 M3 but I just can't afford that. Even if I could afford to buy the car I don't think I could do that and meet the repair cost. If I hit the lottery or inherit some money from a rich relative I don't know about things would change.
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I've gone from a SAAB 900 Aero 87 that was close to 200hp, crasched it due to a mooseon the road. Then bought a 318is.

Then bought another 318is so I had two at the same time. Then traded away one for a 900 Aero 88 with well over 200hp plus suspention and brake upgrades, regretted it after a week. 318is rules when it comes to fun factor.
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What year was the 318is ??
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90, both of them (only official year they were sold here as E30's). I've only had E30's before this E36.
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Is that correct? I've been looking at a 91 318is. It is a gray market car?
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I'm in Sweden, and here in Europe the E36 models were introduced in 91. There were a few E30's sold as 91's though beside the touring anc convertible that was sold a few years more.

But in the us the E36 came in 92. So you have a bunch of E30's from 91.

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84 533i into a 85 325. The 533 felt like it had more low-down even if it lost all steam past 115mph. The handling on the e28 was may more stable then the e30 too. Kinda miss her, thinking about it. Oh well, probably going to get into a e34 soon enough.

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I'm in Sweden, and here in Europe the E36 models were introduced in 91. There were a few E30's sold as 91's though beside the touring anc convertible that was sold a few years more.

But in the us the E36 came in 92. So you have a bunch of E30's from 91.


I see. I knew that much I just didn't understand you were in Sweden.
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yeah, I'd say if you are into the 91 E30 style look into a 325i/is... Plenty of room for upgrade so you should not get bored... A few minor mods and you'll have it running right up there with the Mustang, E30 great cars, but you gotta have the 6cyl.. (unless you are going M3 of course...)


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The problem has been finding a good 325Is. All the cars in the Autotrader are either automatics, have very high miles, are trash, or the owner is looking to recover every single cent they put in to the car! I like the later cars because I like how the bumpers are more flush to the body. There is a 318Is in there now that is a 91 with a 5spd. The ask is 4k but the ad does not state the milage. Whenever people do not put that in the ad you know the answer isn't what you want to hear!

I would love to have an E30 M3 but I just can't afford that. Even if I could afford to buy the car I don't think I could do that and meet the repair cost. If I hit the lottery or inherit some money from a rich relative I don't know about things would change.
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Hey man, not sure where you live but here is one you should jump on, found at www.bargainnews.com


"1990 325i, low mi 6 cyl eng, new brakes & steering rack, 5 spd, new paint, good body & int, $2700 OBO. (203) 837-0042. Danbury"

I agree, it took me a LONG time to mine, then I found one at a SHIT HOLE dealership, but the car was near mint, I paid $4800 for it though, 160k on it but I found that alot of work was done, there was a big stack of receipts in glove box.. My main concen was timing belt, 325i has interference engine so if T-belt goes, you are F^%#$cked, Either way, good luck man!
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yes you would be a fool if you got a 318 instead of a 325, especially after driving a 5.0, and they did make a 318is in '91 here in the states
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You're only looking at 300 extra pounds with the addition of the 6 cylinder (it might be less in the 325i because the engine is 2.5L... not sure on that) but even the ETA can eat the 318i for breakfast, WITH an automatic if the driver (me) is tricksy enough.

Plus, in the end, getting that 325i to run with the 'Stang will be much easier than getting the 318i to do the same thing.

As to prices, $4G for a 1990 325i is pretty decent. I paid that for my '85 325e a month ago, and granted it had new brakes, radiator, heater core and bunch of other things, it was a little on the high side. Keep in mind my purchase was CDN $. Still, for a fifteen year old car, if its in good mechanical shape, its a good deal.

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but even the ETA can eat the 318i for breakfast, WITH an automatic if the driver (me) is tricksy enough.
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So you are saying you are beating a lighter more powerful car? Sounds right

We are talking 90-91 318i/is with the M42.

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