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Old 02-11-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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My Ride: 2001 325i
Personally, I prefer an '88 or better yet, an '89. They have ellipsoid headlights, better looking front air dams, and better taillights. I had an '88 before and it was an awesome car. If the timing belt snapped it will be quite a bit of work I'd think. You're definitely looking at a few new valves (perhaps the valve guides as well). Pelican Parts has a good writeup on how to remove the camshaft since you need to be careful that it doesn't get bent. There sure is much more room under the hood on the E30's than the E46. The E46's engine is slanted so much that you can't reach the exhaust side from above, it's no problem on the E30. Whichever way you go, have fun.
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