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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 07-02-2004, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, im looking to purchase an E30.

I have a 98 Jetta VR6 now, but i have recently fallen in love with the lines of the E30 and im selling my VW. I would like to know what common problems they have and what to watch out for. I'm looking for 89-91 Coupe w/o the chrome trim.

I would also like to know where i can get parts for this car, I am looking to do coilovers ASAPurchased, followed by some lighting and cosmetic things.

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Old 07-02-2004, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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man don't sell the jetta that thing is sweetomungus
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Old 07-02-2004, 09:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 98 Jetta VR6 now, but i have recently fallen in love with the lines of the E30 and im selling my VW. I would like to know what common problems they have and what to watch out for. I'm looking for 89-91 Coupe w/o the chrome trim.
Engine wise the E30's have a very reliable engine.. they will easily outlive the life of the car. Many E30's have some electrical problems such as the tach. and other instrument problems, those are easy fixes tho. Other than that the E30 won't let u down, it has some balls for a little car. My advice is don't get the little 4 cylinder engine that comes in for example the 318i, the inline 6 in a 325is (Coupe) is much stronger and will make that car hold its own.

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I would also like to know where i can get parts for this car, I am looking to do coilovers ASAPurchased, followed by some lighting and cosmetic things.
Some common places are www.bavauto.com, www.bmpd.com, www.turnermotorsport.com, www.lowendesign.com...there are plenty of places


Also be sure to look at the pinned article at the top of the E21 and E30 forum to see wat to look for when purchasing an E30. Good Luck with ur search!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Never order from that site. You have a 60% chance of never receiving an item.

For coilovers, Ground Control makes excellent pieces. Match their sleeves with Koni SA's and you're set.
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i live for bmws, but i wouldnt trade that VW for an e30, IMO
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yea man, IMO dont sell the VW. Although BMWs (IMO)are oe of the best cars available, a 1991 isnt going to outlast a 1998. Plus you arent going to find an E30 that has under 100k miles.I mean its very unlikly.

Thats my opinion, sorry if someoe doesnt agree.

Go for an E36? like a 96(Best year I heard) they aer good cars to.
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E30s look eight million times cooler than E36s, if you ask me.
Plus if he sells that sweetomungus Volkswagen, there's a good chance he can put together an 89 325ix (heck, M3, maybe) that would blow the doors off most of what we're driving. Good luck with that, hope to see it on eBay.

Spiff's comprehensive overview for buying an E30 will answer a lot of your questions, I'm sure.
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yea i thik E30's have alot more style..ad yea ur right he could get an M3 outa the deal.
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I wouldn't take a 2004 200hp 6-speed VR6 Jetta over an E30 'is, but that's just me. :P

Oh and to address a concern in the first post, all 325is' have the chrome trim. You'd have to go with a 318is to get the black trim, and I'm not sure how you'd like the serious difference in torque compared to a stroker VR.
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