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Old 03-14-2012, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a new project car. I've always wanted a BMW. I've got a few grand to spend and was wondering what would be a good car to buy and rebuild, possibly do some SCCA racing in a stock class. Mainly just to drive and have fun. I've had a couple land rovers both of which I have worked on myself. Suspension lifts motor work etc. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 03-15-2012, 05:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When I was a teenager my neighbor and a 635 M6. I have since thought that was the coolest thing on earth. I know an M6 is not going to be in the budget. But a 635 possible? I seem to be leaning towards that decade. Simpler to work on. However I'm concerned what kind of a mess I'll find myself in and what kind of parts availability there is. And for performance parts as well.


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Old 03-15-2012, 05:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just noticed that my sig line from the land rover forum carries over to this as well. Funky.


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Well my advice is to get an E30. Their older but they still have a variety of parts available. The E30 is lightweight, has good power, and excellent handling. They can be found for not much money which is a plus.
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Thanks Vader. Is there any year in particular that I should look for? I've always liked the round headlight front end. Any thing I should keep an eye out for? Common things? I know I want t a 6cyl and a standard transmission. As far as mods I want to keep it to what someone would have done back then. No coffee can mufflers or 20s. What are common mods for these? Suspension and motor


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I would stay with a 6 cyl for sure. The 4 cyl is way to underpowered. I like the 88-92 years the best and there still decently priced. If your going to track it then get a coupe. With a suspension upgrade, and some lightweight wheels, short throw shifter they can be really nimble.
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Awesome. Thanks Vader. The quest for a decent car begins.


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I had a really sweet picture of an E30 M3 drifting and that spawned my quest for a AutoX car.
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Ran across a couple 635s on eBay. That is still one sexy car.


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They Definitley are. I looked at one before getting my E36. Probably why I got into BMWs. However they are quite expensive to maintain. Parts are rare and expensive. Not many left either.
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Hence searching for an e30. Trying to find a manual and not a convertible is proving a challenge. This may take a while.


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Thinking something like this. Just blue or black


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Their ya go! That's really pretty!
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