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ok, I know this is really an opinion type question, but I'm tempted to get another E30. I have an '86 325es at the moment. I like the styling, with the front air dam & the foglights in it. I have kids, so I'm in the market for a 4 door, which I actually prefer, but I got a good deal ($850) on this car. Anyhoo, I'd like 4 doors, Stick, & the air dam. I know there are several variants of the 325, so can anyone out there tell me which model had all 3? If there was one?

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there are some 325i's with 4 doors and in germany wagon's i haven't seen any out here by me also theres the super eta 325( i have this one) 4 door stick foglights in air dam


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I'd get '89-'91 325i if I were you.
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If you just want to drive around the wife and kids, get the super eta. It'll save you gas money.

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there are sooo many great deals on these cars.
you could get the newest one possible, and preferable w/epsiloid headlights.
they are dramatically better at seeing at night.

there easier to replace if a bulb ever fails and also cost the same (ive got sylvania bright and bought 2 for 30 bucks) install with a twist of one plastic plug. all i need are my fingers.

the i stands for injection and i would buy another in a heartbeat.

make sure it drives straight and stops straight, all the lights work and horn works too.

go over a few pot holes and even use the wipers.

elect. problems occur w/conv. and basically my thoery on older cars is below

if its ten years or more and your agreeable with the owner and trust them , the car is a cherry.

after 15 years and its still looking good its a cream puff.

only 5 years more and its a classic.

these 89-91 cars are epic for greatness and superb design.
buy the one you truly want (m3-conv-4door) and keep it up.

my 89 conv. has been always garaged and well maintained.

i just re-lubed the entire car for winter ( with white lithium grease and i mean every rubber part and joint. it cost about 4 dollars and about 45min.). i do fix it myself but also i know i can sell it for almost twice what i paid.

if your future car has any problems pm me or ask another question and we may help you resolve it. mine was sold because the owner just bought a new one and because the brake light was going on...this was due to the pedal switch being out of alighnment. it took me about a week to find it but only 5 min. to fix...
and i got a great deal

ive had a few probs but this board really helped me get that car back into near perfect condition.

i now want to replace my rear differentail w/posi trac one.

if you can find a ix (all wheel drive) buy that one. there the best...and rare.
or buy one with a limited slip differential...

if they need new shocks i will cost about 700-1300 dollars t fix. but should las100kmiles.
im doing that myself with koni soon, its difficult but i have done it before with a toyota and a datsun, a pathfinder and a mazda. so i hope a bmw is about the same.

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so what is the difference between the 325i and the 325is?
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here is my old 1985 325e... it was a sweet car, I wish I hadn't got rid of it..
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i did have it repainted, threw an ANSA exhaust on it... here are the old pics (before paint)
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it had about 120k when I bought it... ( cost me $1000)... repainted and whatnot.... sold it for $1500

it was great on gas and I thought it looked nice... I believe it had a zender body kit however, so many E30's wont look exactly like it
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how do you fix the brake light being on? because i know its common problem and i havent even bothered fixing it. but if it only takes five min id love to fix it
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