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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 06-02-2008, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey folks,

Hey Folks,

Well I finally bought a 1984 325e. I always liked the lines on these cars and while it will primarily be used by my sons as a daily driver – I want to make sure I get off on the right foot. So I’m looking for advice or recommendations.

Currently have the Bentley BMW 3-Series E30 (1984 through 1990) are there any other “must have” suggestions for someone new to the Bimmer community?

FYI I currently own a 78’ MGB Roadster and a 78’ Porsche 928 (AKA a Shark!), so I consider myself pretty competent at turning my own wrenches.

Would also welcome any leisure reading material too.

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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get a tune up. keep up on timing belt.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how many miles on the '84?
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The PO said they did a belt change recently. But I'll look through the receipts when I get home tomorrow afternoon.

Miles - over 244K. Highest miles on any care I've ever owned.
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Oh 78’ MGB Roadster and a 78’ Porsche 928, I see
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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LOL! Yeah along with my 01' 4x4 F150 Supercrew and my new addition I got a little something for everyone.

As for the Model Year - all I can say is 1978 was a good year.

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It's good that you have some history of the car that got passed on to you...

Personally, I would like to develop some history on my own for my own piece of mind. for you who does his own wrenching, i suppose we have similar minds ;-)

I would actually start frombasics)
1) check condition of plugs, cap & rotor, and air filter-clean or replace accdgly. Replace fuel filter.
2) change oil & filter, and flush or change other fluids.(even if they say it ws jst changed)- tranny fluid/filter especially.
3) check condition of brakes.
4) take note of all oil leaks

*while you do all that.... inspect the oil & filters for metal particles; take record of the compression from each cylinder, and take note of the color of plugs.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice.

I've ordered a bunch all the stuff to perform a complete tune-up. I told my sons that I plan on standing back & putting my hands in my pockets while I supervise their servicing of the vehicle.

That in mind. I know in the Porsche community it can be a touchy subject but at risk of opening a can of worms. Any oil recommendations?
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Not that I really know, but I'd think Mobil 1 is good.
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Yeah the common debate in the P-Car world (928's anyway) is between Mobel One and Castrol Syntec usually in 5w-50 form.

Personally I don't think there is that much of a difference with regular oil changes. But I'm a bit concerned because of the high miliage (244K) on this engine and I have no way of knowing how well it was maintained before the last owner. Records only go back about 5 years or so.
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e30 316 1986 idle problems?

hi folks i am currently in the process of restoring a 316 for my daughter but every time i fire it up the revs wont drop from 2500 has anybody got any ideas what is causing this ? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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hi folks i am currently in the process of restoring a 316 for my daughter but every time i fire it up the revs wont drop from 2500 has anybody got any ideas what is causing this ? Any help would be greatly appreciated
Hey Karlos,

Sorry I can't be much help - I'm still kind of new to Bimmers. Try posting a new tread and hopefully someone will chime in.

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