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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 03-10-2009, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation rebuild or not to rebuild?

i have an 82 320i that has over 200,000 miles on it. im not sure exactly how many seeing as the odometer broke at 191,772. both the interior and the exterior are in descent condition. there are only two minor dents, about quarter size, and some minor rust in the trunk which someone repaired with fiberglass. the interior has been redone its not the greatest colors but oh well. the only modifications to the car are the head unit and two 8" subwoofers powered by an 1100 watt amp. the car has had either three or four owners , depending on who you talk to because some people count the daughter of the first owner. it has a minor motor oil leak which i have decided is the rear main seal, (only fluid leak on vehicle). the motor itself is a little louder than i think it should be, but seeing as my e21 is the only e21 tangeable for me i cant say. it almost sounds like you can hear the valves clicking. the transmission shifts excellent the only issue is when is it cold trying to get it into second gear, (5spd manual) its kind of stiff and it grinds a wee bit. it could use new bushing most everywhere, as well as tie rods, shocks and other things. i have seen a few e21's just like mine selling for between 2,500 and 3,000 and in the description the owners have stated about $7,000 worth of reparations. i bought my car for dirt cheap and im not sure how much i could sell it for hopefully more than $1,000. does anybody here think its worth it to pull the motor and either rebuild it or have it rebuilt, or should i fix the minor issues and sell it? i love this car to death but i would also like to buy a newer 3 series or 7 series, which would be around 7k.
do you think it would be worth it?
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Depends on what your plans are with the car?

If it's just your daily driver and you aren't planning on doing anything to the car I'd say sell it.
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