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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 09-03-2009, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Should I buy?

I'm a complete BMW noob and I want to buy my first one. I found one that's about an hour away from my house so I want to decide some things before i make the trip. Here's a link to the ad 1987 325e BMW
The guy said the issues are that the windshield is cracked and the wipers don't work. The motor works but there's something wrong with the linkage. He wants $1500 firm. There's no rust and it apparantly runs and drives beautifully. The paint and body are in good shape but the driver's seat has a tear in it that probably warrants replacement. What do you think?




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Old 09-03-2009, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How many miles? The price actually sounds high to me, but I'm comparing prices to cars in my area. If I were you I would look for a newer E30 and a 325i instead of e. I love my car, but I really wish it was a 325is.. How far away is it to go look at it?
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it has 173,000 miles. it's about an hour away there's another one I'm looking at too i'll post a link 1986 BMW 325E
Why do you wish you had the 325is? Are you looking for more power?
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More power and I sometimes don't like having two diving boards on my car.. lol
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The handbrake needs mucho adjustment; it's way too high in that interior shot.
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Seems like an ok buy, make sure you take it for a ride before you put any money down.

For around the same price you could possibly find an e36 instead! Always liked them more personally.
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It looks pretty clean. Check for rust on the door edges, trunk edges, etc. Check the tires, they look pretty decent. If it drives as good as it looks, I think it'll be a decent deal. The e-brake is easy to adjust. It's a good thing the clutch and alternator have been replaced, verify his receipts for them tho.
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All models that have an e on it are meant for economy. Nobody buys a BMW for economy. Hence, they don't make e's anymore. Makes sure the car comes with maintenance records and have all used cars check out by a certified mechanic. It is worth the $100 or so that it will cost. You can buy a car like that for 1500 and it could need 4000 in repairs. For 5,500 you can do much better than a 23 yr old 3 series economy model. All the e models were underpowered. Get a 325i from that generation. They are very cool cars as long as they are maintained. Something like whiteshark's car would be better.
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I agree with everyone. You don't want an e anything. Also, 1500 is high when you will have to put a few hundred more into it to replace the windshield and the wiper linkage. The gold one looks like a better idea.
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I would go $1500 on that one myself...It looks closer to $800 to me. Offer him $725 and see if you get it for $800...best of luck...Silversled
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