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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 06-12-2006, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, new here. Have been looking for a while for an E30, and finally found a half-decent one in my area, so I grabbed it up. Body has minimal rust, and the engine seems to run pretty good, although it has been sitting for a while. I know it needs a new muffler and brakes, but any tips on what I should look for, to get her running awesome?

It's an 86 325, btw, 4 door, red. Interior needs some TLC.
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if its been sitting for toooo long the tires may need to be replaced because they will dry rot if not used for a while... so i would add that to your budget because you may end up with some flats soon...
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yeah, that's in the works, thanks. i was thinking more in terms of nuances/tips. anything that can be particularly problematic? it's also getting a full suspension overhaul in a couple of months, as well as a megasquirt ecu.
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i mean besides what you have, id get the basics... all fluids flushed, new filters, not really sure how old it is, but new plugs and while you have the pulled id go ahead and do a compression test... oh and most importantly, a fresh bath haha
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that sounds good to me, it's an 86 w/ 231000 miles on it, not sure when the timing belt was last changed. how hard is it to change on this engine? auto-tensioner?
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heres a link to the timing belt... http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/Mainte.../M20Timing.asp

matenience table... http://www.bmwe30.net/cgi-bin/datacg...006&Section=14

here... just look under matenience on this site and you will see...

http://www.bimmerdiy.com/e30
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The only irritation that I have found with any e30 is the collection of water in the sides of the trunk. Most have been from leaking tail lamp gaskets, but a lot are from disconnected or clogged sunroof drain tubes.
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If its been sitting for more than about 9 months, your looking at a new fuel pump/filter and defiantly drain the gas (what used to be gas) and give her some fresh stuff.
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Yeah, thanks for the help. I'll have some more questions soon, i'm sure.
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yea, that damn water in the sides of the trunk, im about to drill some holes and then seal them with some silicone or something
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