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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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Originally Posted by 94ISCPE
I recenlty purchased my frist e36, after having e30's in 'e, and 'is trim. E30's are really great cars, far simpler than the e36. I am also familiar with the 318 e30's as well. If you can find one, the 325is is the way to go. They have much better seats, a limited slip rear, remote oil cooler, and a little better wheel set up (although it looks as if you'll likely change this). In a car this size you really notice the torque in the six cylinder cars. I know all the 318 guys like to talk about weight distribution, overall lightness, etc. And they're right, which is why the M3 was a four cylinder car. But unless you are going racing the six will be FAR more enjoyable. DOHC? The six didn't need this to make it a relatively quick car. A single overhead-cam four cylinder would never really work, DOHC was a neccesity.
In the meantime I had a 2003 350Z. While truley an awesome car, their is just something about the overall package in the BMW's.
As with any older european car, the previous maintanance history and overall condition of the car should serve as good indicators of what to look for. It's always okay to spend a little more for the right car. The e30's are capable of going many, many miles. If unsure, you'll want to change the timing belt on a six cylinder car.
Hope this helps!
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