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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 06-05-2005, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a nice manual E30 from the 1988 - 1991 era. I have traveled many miles and searched many websites and seen a whole lot of garbage! What really ticks me off is when the car is described as almost perfect on the phone and when I get there, I find leaks, tears, rust, defective switches, etc.
I am willing to spend big bucks on the right car, NOT a fixer upper.
My patience is running thin.
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Old 06-05-2005, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-05-2005, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think I should be able to get a really nice one for around 5K.
What do you think?
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I think you should be able to get a great one for 4, and spend the extra thou getting her maintenanced, cleaned up, and really ready for prime time. No car will be perfect, because rarely, if ever, will anyone ever sell a perfect car. But if the car is only a little dirty, and couple of very minor issues (mine, for instance, has some loose wires in the centre console and head display, so the service indicator and clock only work when they want to) you could fix em yourself for pennies, and still be ahead of the game.

Seriously though, spend money on the maintenance unless you get a car with records. Fluids, filters, belts, rotations, lube, grease, everything. Get it done and be happy for many miles.
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You are always going to find defective switches etc on a 15+ year old vehicle. No older vehicle is perfect in the way a new car is perfect.

My e30 is on its way to becoming perfect in the way a 3-4 year old car is perfect, but a NEW e30 isn't gunna happen unless you plan to spend bucu bucks. I've spent close to 11,000 so far making mine perfect, and that was mostly bringing it mechanically back to "perfect".

I found a pretty damn nice 1991 e30 325is with 196k miles w/ a fresh rebuilt head on it, the seats were worn but not torn, owner wanted 4k for it, original owner.

It was probably one of the cleanest e30's I've ever seen. I'll try to find his business card when I get home.

If you are really really serious, call me on my cell at 480-206-4482 and I'll keep an eye out for one at Manheim and other auto auctions that I goto weekly. Give me a call and I can discuss it with ya more.
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no luck on bimmerforums?Maybe you should really get a fixer upper.There is no such a thing as a mint 15 year old car.Unless its owned by a lover like I am.
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go to www.craigslist.com choose your area and then click trucks and cars and search bmw 325 or bmw e30....etc.
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That's just it. The cars that are truly mint; polished, maintenanced, and perfect are the ones some of us own. And unless we really have to, we don't want to part with our E30s.

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Sounds like you'll be searching for a long time, I'd shoot for a clean e30, not perfect and put money into it to bring it up to your liking.
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I'm looking for a nice manual E30 from the 1988 - 1991 era. I have traveled many miles and searched many websites and seen a whole lot of garbage! What really ticks me off is when the car is described as almost perfect on the phone and when I get there, I find leaks, tears, rust, defective switches, etc.
I am willing to spend big bucks on the right car, NOT a fixer upper.
My patience is running thin.
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Go to recycler.com . Go to cars and trucks. Plug in BMW, 325, No Max($) ,within 50 miles. Use my zip code 90503. I just did this and there are 767 e30s' for sale within 50 miles of my house!
Check it out. Try your zip and plug in all You might get lucky and find one by you. Where are you anyway?---Steve
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[ Check it out. Try your zip and plug in all You might get lucky and find one by you. Where are you anyway?---Steve
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I'm in Virginia, I would actually be willing to fly anywhere in the country to pick up a nice E30. But, it would have to be a primo example with excellent maintenance records.
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Mine's for sale. It ain't the best, and i'm not gonna bullshit you either. it does need some work, but you can drive it anywhere you wanna go.

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And i am negotiable on price. Taking pix for Ebay, though, so you can peek there when it gets online.
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