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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 07-01-2005, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I saw a 1987 325i for sale, for cheap.

Are they inline 6 or not?

Also do they have decent acceleration, or are e36 325's a lot faster?

Are they also a little bit cheaper to repair parts than e36's?

And easier to work on?
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I saw a 1987 325i for sale, for cheap.

Are they inline 6 or not?

Also do they have decent acceleration, or are e36 325's a lot faster?

Are they also a little bit cheaper to repair parts than e36's?

And easier to work on?
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they are neck and neck as fast as an e36 325i.

inline 6, yes.

as expensive as any other bmw to work on, although alot easier.. parts cost the same, labor at a mechanic costs the same.

i've dropped around 12k into my car doing all my own labor and im about half way done with the project. race cars / road racer restoration jobs are expensive :|
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Originally posted by 94BMW325i@Jul 1 2005, 08:24 PM
I saw a 1987 325i for sale, for cheap.

Are they inline 6 or not?

Also do they have decent acceleration, or are e36 325's a lot faster?

Are they also a little bit cheaper to repair parts than e36's?

And easier to work on?
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there is no such thing as an 87 325i. If it was from 87 it was eaither just a 325 or 325is. They are inline 6 engines. With an "i" engine an E30 can keep up with a regular E36 if it has a chip but once u get into higher gears the E36 will pull away.

E30s were built with way more quality than an E36. An E30 is gold compared to the plastic E36. They are deffinelty easier to repair if you do your own work. E30s are much easier to work on also. Much more "raw" feeling compared to the E36.

The part that the E30 apsolutly dominated the E36 in is handling. The E30's weights a done less making it handle better. Much more fun to drive! And if you get around to putting an M50 in it from your car or an s50 Waaa look out. Those things are freakin fast!

Whats the price and details on the car?


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^^^ they did make 325i in 87, the convert. was labeled asa 325i, he might be talking abou that
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according to bmw, they had 325i sedans as far back as 85.
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How "cheap" was it? I got my 87 325es for $500...yes was good running order.
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according to bmw, they had 325i sedans as far back as 85.
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must not have been in america then
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Originally posted by schneider252+Jul 1 2005, 11:05 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(schneider252 @ Jul 1 2005, 11:05 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-94BMW325i@Jul 1 2005, 08:24 PM
I saw a 1987 325i for sale, for cheap.

Are they inline 6 or not?

Also do they have decent acceleration, or are e36 325's a lot faster?

Are they also a little bit cheaper to repair parts than e36's?

And easier to work on?
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there is no such thing as an 87 325i. If it was from 87 it was eaither just a 325 or 325is. They are inline 6 engines. With an "i" engine an E30 can keep up with a regular E36 if it has a chip but once u get into higher gears the E36 will pull away.

E30s were built with way more quality than an E36. An E30 is gold compared to the plastic E36. They are deffinelty easier to repair if you do your own work. E30s are much easier to work on also. Much more "raw" feeling compared to the E36.

The part that the E30 apsolutly dominated the E36 in is handling. The E30's weights a done less making it handle better. Much more fun to drive! And if you get around to putting an M50 in it from your car or an s50 Waaa look out. Those things are freakin fast!

Whats the price and details on the car?


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wow a little biased?
Sure.. the e30 is a lot more fun to drive and is fast as an e36 off the line and not as quick up top.. but thats about all I agree with.

IMO none of the 3s (with the exception of the e46) were built with GREAT quality, but the e36 is built pretty damn well. The e30 wasn't any better. The raw feeling may give off that impression but it is not true. e36s used plastic everywhere the e30s did. Handling WAY better? It may not feel as sharp - but its DAMN close if not just AS good.

Its just like me having my e34 and the e39 - it FEELS like the e34 is built better, handles better, etc... when infact its just that the e39 is that much more refined. refinement takes away that feeling to give an entirely different feeling. However if I had to do it again, I'd say screw refinement and take my e34 only. or an e30 over an e36.

But to say that its not built as well is just crazy.
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its a well known fact that e36's were built to a economic standard and not a engineering standard. plain and simple. that said, the suspension geometry on the e36 is superior to that of the e30's. its hard to compared the driving experience between the two since i haven't driven a stock e36 before, but from what i have experienced i would ahve to say that while i love my e30 and will keep it forever, i do love the way the e36 carves through the roads. it'll hold higher lateral G's then the e30 will (read: factory e30 325 rated at .74G, factory e36 328 at .82G(cant find 325 e36 atm))

but its economic standards show through in the 92 e36's with thier shotty gluing of interior panels.. or the rear shock towers failures from modified e36 car's suspensions. im bored, people will argue the e30/e36/e46/e90 which is better has better feel til the end of time.
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