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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 03-19-2005, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I'm actually new here although I've been driving an e30 for about ten years now. The car I've got now is my second 325i (auto 325i, 1990) and I bought it from my uncle at 60K about four years ago (it was his second car so he rarely drove it). I've got two somewhat diverging questions:

1) I'm contemplating selling it even though I just got a brand new set of 16" wheels that I've not even put on it yet. The reason is that my girl and I are thinking of having kids and we once (only once) hydroplaned and she was not liking it at all. It's been rock solid for me since I got it but that @#$#@! one time and she's insisting that it's not a safe ride to have a kiddie seat in. There was a recent report earlier this month about side impacts and that pretty much settled it for her. So I need to either sell it or prove to her that it's a safe car to carry around kids. Any ideas?

2) Here's a kicker. I got a Carfax for my VIN and it says my uncle rolled back the odo which is impossible. The guy's a old Chinese guy from NY, he barely knows enough to buy a car, let alone find a mechanic to roll back an odo to give to his nephew as a gift. It makes no sense. I've been searching CarFax but I have no idea how to get around this. I've got 80K on my odo now and they say I've got 130K. Dammit, I've got a Supersprint on it, winter tires on the basketweave, 16" wheel to install this spring, brand new everything (water pump, wiper pumps, thermostats, hoses, interiors, etc). Should I just bite the bullet and sell the car even with the CarFax report or what? It's killing me!
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO the car is a better value to you in use than it can be sold for. As to hydroplaning, are there over sized tires on it? Standard S/B 195-65-14 on all 4. As to side impact, I just don't like all this let's prepare for the big crash!! Quite a bit better to be aware and careful and not crash in the first place B)
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Old 03-19-2005, 04:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can get t-boned and hydroplane in any car. it doesnt matter what year, make model etc.. anything can and might happen. I have friends that carry their kids in an e30 all the time
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Guys;

Thanks so much for responding! Still, I don't suppose that there are any safety reports out there are there? it's still something I have to fight for although I think I'm just going to end up keeping my baby (the car and the girl!).
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Old 06-19-2005, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had been meaning to put this up for a while and just remembered now:

http://www.mynrma.com.au/used_safety_ratings_lux.asp

If anyone has any other information, much appreciated!

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