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.
hey everyone, im new to bimmers... i had a 1964 falcon ranchero, but sold it for my 1981 320is(lowered, racing suspention, etc.) black paint, black leather seets (recently re-done $900 per). i love this car but I would like to be more educated in it. will have pics up later today
oh yeah, and i got the car from my grandpas buddy for 2k
Oh my God did you get a deal.
The seats look unreasonably good. The paint looks..well not perfect, but better than my paint, which is newer and an easier color to keep clean - so pretty awesome is a safe judgment.
I know the stock engine was an M10 1.8 SOHC 8v, with like 101hp and 100lb-ft. You got what I believe was one of the best years for the E21, and what I know was the best model. Chain-driven, that's cool. It may have what's called a dogleg transmission, which has particularly close ratios and is pretty sought after. You'll know because the shift pattern will be odd, and I think only the doglegs in E21s were five-speed (the rest being four).
I clearly don't know much about these.
But it looks cool, so who cares about performance.
Once again I have no first-hand experience, but from what I've read the M10 isn't easy to squeeze power out of. If you just want to enjoy the car more, I'd say get a short-shift kit, a pleasant-sounding exhaust & stereo, some well-behaved tires, and a moderate roadgoing suspension. If you absolutely need more power, I know Turner Motorsport sells a Schrick camshaft, and I believe Ireland Engineering has some high-compression pistons and maybe a few other goodies for an M10. But you'll probably find mostly internal (read: expensive) stuff like that, not many bolt-ons.
That is a seriously great-looking car, I hope you're real happy with it.
yes they are, but not because of the bumper. My buddy had a 79'. He got hit at 60-70 by monte carlo of some sort. crunched the entire rear part of the unibody...bumper didnt even have a scuff in it(LOL!)
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