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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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#1 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 11:19 PM
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Hello,
I just wanted to introduce myself, and ask a few questions. My name is Nate, I am looking at buying a e30 BMW, however, I dont know much about them. I was hoping I could get some answers.

Well first, Ive been able to find a lot of e30s for very cheap. This somewhat confuses me. BMWs are known to be expensive. Is there any reason for the low prices? Or am I just finded some in bad condition?

Secondly, What are the differences between all the 325s (325e/i/is, etc.)? And does anyone have the specs on them?

Thanks a lot and hello to all,
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325 and 325e have the ETA 2.7 liter engine, lower output and better economy. 325i has the high revving greater output and performance IMO the preferred models. The values are just cause they are old I guess. If you find one with a good engine and VIN stickers on all the body panels, that's good Edit: Link the 325i : 168hp @ 5800 RPM 164 ft/lbs @ 4300 RPM Welcome to the forums!

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Thanks for the help. Are there any major problems with the e30 3 series as commuters? I love the looks and BMW. I am 17, and still in high school, so i need something cheap but something i want. Are these cars reliable? Do they break down often? How is their gas efficiency? Are they hard to fix/expensive?

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Welcome to the forums!
Spiff's got a good overview of things you'll want to know.


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definetly read over the review i did on purchasing, and read around the E30 forum on the differences between the i and iS.

in a really small nutshell, what you would want to know:

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better suspension
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rear spoiler
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different steering wheel sometimes

i:
doesnt have what an iS has.

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