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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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1990 325is black AUTO 2 13.33%
1988 325is delphin 5 Spd 13 86.67%
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I'm getting a second e30 within 2 or 3 weeks. I am only going for a 325is, and I will make my 'e' a winter beater/project car. I have found 2 cars in Vancouver for the same price, and my dad has checked them out, i just cant decide which one.

1) 1990 325is black 17" racing dynamics rims low kms but its an AUTO

2) 1988 325is delphin stock everything but with the 5 speed

I cant decide if i want the new style bumpers and then swap the tranny from my 'e' in or just get the '88 and not do anything

suggestions?


EDIT: prices 1990 auto -- $4495
1988 5spd -- $4950 (negoitiated down to $4500)
all prices in canadian dollars
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Old 11-03-2004, 06:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The prices would be useful.
I simply wouldn't dream of owning an E30 (or virtually anything else) with an automatic transmission. I prefer the newer bumpers, and low mileage is always a plus, but unless it's so close to the price of the other one that you can do what you need to do to get a five-speed in there, I'd still get the older one. Bumpers aren't worth getting a wussymatic.
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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bump

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Old 11-03-2004, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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auto=no fun

im partial to the big bumper e30"s,,plus,,you cant get chicks with an auto
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Can I ask why the older model with a less expensive transmission and no RD wheels is more expensive?
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yea, I have an auto... go with a stick! The auto isn't REALLY all that bad, and I live in a city with lotsa traffic so at times I'm glad I have one :P. There is a company, Shuller Motors I beleive, that makes a differential tha will bring the 4.10 diff to a 4.45 LS which will improve accelaration and handling greatly
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Can I ask why the older model with a less expensive transmission and no RD wheels is more expensive?
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probably because it is more desirable

could also be the seller

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I called the seller of the auto and he is willing to go down to $4000

I am seriously considering buying that car and swapping the trannys just because I really want the new bumpers

if i factor $1000 to swap the trannys i will spend $5000 which is my budget

is it worth it?
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If you're just going to put the five-speed in your 325e into the 325is, then yes, I'd say it's worth it. It would still rather suck to have a 'project car' Eta with an automatic, but if you're going to keep it for the purpose of modification, then you can put a manual in there later.

For $4000, I'd buy the low-mileage, newer 325is and put in a transmission you already have. Even if you don't do it yourself, I don't think you'd be spending more than a couple hundred dollars (assuming a BMW specialist doesn't do it, either).
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Buying the '88 5spd and swaping bumpers is easier than buying the '90 auto and swapping transmissions.
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Keep in mind how nice it would be to have a low-mile E30 as well.
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also that 1000 you can use on something like a 2.7i(bottom end of a e head of engine i)
Even get an exhaust headers k & n airfilter and a good chip you'll still have money left after that too.
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