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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 09-03-2003, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good day to everyone. I am looking into purchasing an e30 318 or 325. I was wondering what are some of the typical things to look for. I wanted to stay in an '88 or newer vehicles. The main reason is that they have the smaller bumpers.

I am assuming that there are typical things to check for such as oil leaks, valvetrain noise and service records, but since I am more familiar with VW's(having owned 6) and Hondas (owned 3) I wouldn't really know what to look for in a Bimmer.

Any help is greatly appreciated so that I can be like the rest of you.
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Old 09-03-2003, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome!

318's were made from 84-85, then they came back mid year in 1990 as 91's with the M42 engine (also used in the e36's till 95). 91, i think, was the only year for 318i/is', but the cabrios lasted till late 92 or even 93.
as far as looks goes, the front valance changed in 88, but the bumpers didnt change till 89.

both the 325 and 318 engines are very strong and probably wont cost you more than regular maintenance to keep running well. just look for everything you would on any other car and you'll be fine in making a decision
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Thanks for the info. I appreciate you clarifying the differences in the models.
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