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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 02-27-2005, 01:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am considering buying a BMW 318i, 1985, 136k (low) miles, with power windows, ac, sunroof, little or no rust that I noticed (owned mainly in Texas and New Mexico). The clutch has a hydraulic leak since you have to pump it when you first get in. It runs, beyond that the owner states it needs a tuneup. It was last registered in 2003, so it has not been sitting that long I guess (carfax report).

I am going to take it to a mechanic to have it checked before I buy. What should I be looking for, as far as problems? Is this a costly car to own, and maintain? It would be my second car, and my first BMW. Are parts hard to get, and overpriced? The other car I have (which needs a lot of work to restore) is a 1973 VW Fastback, and it has been very easy to find parts for cheap. How are older BMW's in this sense? I want to learn how to fix cars, it is a hobby I am working on. Would this be a good car to restore and learn on?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-27-2005, 03:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like I should start reading stickies. Oddly enough there isn't any slap-head smilie, out of all those smilies. hehe.

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Looks like I should start reading stickies. Oddly enough there isn't any slap-head smilie, out of all those smilies. hehe.

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