Hello all. First off, I'm not an official owner of a BMW, and I am only on this forum currently due to my friend's 1986 BMW 325e. However, he is letting me claim it as my own for 'technical and pleasurable' purposes, and having worked with the car, I have come to research a lot about BMW's history since the E30 days and am falling in love with the make.
Here are a couple of quick shots of my friend's '86 E30:
It has somewhere above 170k miles on it, as the last gauge cluster went out a couple of years ago. The drivetrain seems to be in excellent shape, but it desperately needs a true service job soon, as well as a new flex plate and center bearing for the driveshaft. The exterior is sound and straight, but it has had a relatively cheap paint job sometime not long ago. The interior, save the thoroughly cracked dash, is in pretty good shape.
In all, it's quite a fun car to both drive and work on, and I'm looking forward to whatever tinkering I get to do with it, and perhaps owning a Bimmer of my own one day. I would love to either have a late-model E34 or an E38. I'm a fan of bigger BMWs personally, but most people I know in my area like 3-series coupes or convertibles. It would be nice to change it up a little, and have a Bimmer I can call my own.
I come from the worlds of Jeep and Mazda; I've owned several Jeeps in my past, and I once owned a '91 Mazda 626 that sold me on the make. I've since relinquished my ties with Mazda (though I hope to get hold of a late-model 929 one day), but I'm still an active Jeep nut, currently in possession of a stone white '96 Jeep Cherokee that has over 300,000 miles and a moss green '98 Jeep Cherokee that I am fixing up to give to a friend.
Alright, I'm wrapping up this intro before I get anymore wordy. I look forward to learning more about BMWs during my time here and, perhaps, claiming one of my own one day.