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Devonjordan 07-17-2006 10:11 AM

e30 Project
Im looking to get my cousins 318 convertible, as a funcar/project car. The only problem is its got what amounts to 3000+ in repairs.

If any of you guys know e30's help me put these crazy prices into perspective. I feel confident that i can do most of the repairs, but maybe not without help.

-The car needs a new clutch, parts + labor was quoted at $1850, and this includes the flywheel surface. This was the diagnosis for that 'squealing' noise I mentioned that the car makes when the clutch pedal is depressed.

-The Idling problem I mentioned they said is due to it needing new Air Hoses. The hoses they said are cracked and it's not regulating the air flow properly. Parts & Laborwas estimated at $320.

-They also told me that the rear brakes need some work due to wear, parts & labor estimated at $443.

-Then there's the converty top- I took it to a place that only does tops, and they gave me an estimate parts & labor of about another $1600.

Found air boot from air flow meter to throttle body was cracked. This provides umetered air to the engine. That can cause engine to die. The air hoses to the pcv and the icv are also cracked. Reccomend replace all the air hoses."

"The clutch throw out bearing is making the screeching noise. Reccomend to replace the clutch."

These repairs cant really be that hard with a bentley manual and a good set of tools right?

Thanks for any help you can give me guys,

Devonjordan 07-17-2006 01:01 PM


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Uh-Oh, thread failure

rking 07-17-2006 04:23 PM

:lmao: :lmao: :clap:

Devonjordan 07-17-2006 04:56 PM

Whats funny?

Transporter99 07-17-2006 08:46 PM

I have owned 2 E30's. Most recently my beloved 1988 325is that is now sold. I bought a lot of my parts (clutch kits, brakes, etc) from Pelican Parts. I've never had an issue with them, and they performed well! I think 3K is a bit high and urge you to shop around. Check on George's (MITE46) E30/S54 build-up. You'll find many E30 guys hanging out there observing from other message boards, and offering technical support.

Devonjordan 07-18-2006 01:19 AM

I have seen that thread, and definitely follow it closely.

Some of the stuff i know i can do myself, like the rear brakes. Also ive got a friend with a lift, so i can probably do the clutch with his help.

I knew that those prices were stealership status.

thanks for the help guys,


PS- anyone in socal who i can meet up with and talk e30, lets do it.

rubberdub 07-18-2006 01:44 AM

Honestly... Get yourself an M52 from an E36 ($700ish for an 80,000-mile motor used) and a 5-speed tranny ($300-600 used), and put that into the E30. You'll end up with a much better car, for about half the $3,000 you were quoted. E30 318 cabrios are dreadfully slow and lifeless, I'm sorry.

Devonjordan 07-18-2006 01:50 AM

I was going to do that in the future anyways, just didnt know it was so inexpensive.

e30cabrio 07-18-2006 08:27 AM

The quoted prices are sky high and the work is not that hard if you have basic skill.

Go to r3vlimited and e30tech. more e30 info than you can handle.

rubberdub 07-18-2006 12:00 PM

M50 for $500: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-...QQcmdZViewItem

M70 V12 $1500 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1990-...QQcmdZViewItem

King Luis 07-19-2006 08:31 AM

If the body and suspension is in good condition, swap in a motor and all the current motor problems should be fixed.

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