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View Poll Results: Should I buy an e30?
Of course .. They're Awesome! 239 61.60%
Nope .. You Won't Be Happy with it 34 8.76%
What's an e30? 31 7.99%
I Like pie! 84 21.65%
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:10 PM   #21
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I'm not trying to sound like a p*$ck - believe me.

I don't care what the odometer says really - I don't care if its 150K vs 250K as long as the motor and tranny are still able to handle redline conditions on the track.

BUT - where I do care is if an e30 owner can tell me something along the lines "the motor is good indefinitely with proper maintenance - but the tranny usually needs replaced or rebuilt around 200-250K"

With that advice I would look for something lower. So this mileage number isnít something that just makes ME feel better - but I'm looking for how long the internals and tranny's last.

I donít want to pick one up only to find out I need to rebuilt the motor Ė if someone tells me that I can pick one up with 250k+ without worrying about rebuilds then thatís the information Iím looking for.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:12 PM   #22
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no one can tell you for sure how long it will last as each motor has been cared for differently.

so your question is too opened ended to get the response you want
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:14 PM   #23
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I was afraid of that

Thanks anyways
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:14 PM   #24
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www.e30tech.com and www.r3vlimited.com hold all yours answers
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:11 AM   #25
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I've always liked e30's also, so I finally bit the bullet when I found a mint 325i touring.

Arrives at my house Tuesday and I can't wait.

checkout the sites listed above as the forsale sections have tons of options.
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:30 PM   #26
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+1 million. The e30 is = so much WIN! I can't begin to tell you how much more fun it is than the e46. I have both similarly modified. And while both hold a special place. It's just something about how simple it is.
Here is a pic of both of mine. GL
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:42 AM   #27
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I had one and it was great.it was a 323i 150 bhp,Hartge exahust and headers 4,10 LSD M tech 1 kit here are some pics(first is how it was when i buy it then how it was when i sold it)and a movie after i put 4,10 LSD.

http://www.zippyvideos.com/9305337303054126/alex_2/

so personaly i buy one again any time
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:02 AM   #28
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:42 AM   #29
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BMW made and sold a TON of E30s, they should be easy to find, just a matter of finding one that isn't beat
when I first read this i thought, "this person must not live in So Cal" then I confirmed it. Finding one in So Cal might not be so difficult but looking for a 325is manual makes you feel like youre better off looking for gold.

325is E30's are the funnest cars to drive!!! you should get one without a doubt, but if you are going to get one make sure its a 325is manual. I had one but wrecked it on the canyons back in the day I seriously think e30's are funner than e46's, they just cant be pulled off as well on the Hollywood and Sunset strips...
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:44 AM   #30
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I'm not trying to sound like a p*$ck - believe me.

I don't care what the odometer says really - I don't care if its 150K vs 250K as long as the motor and tranny are still able to handle redline conditions on the track.

BUT - where I do care is if an e30 owner can tell me something along the lines "the motor is good indefinitely with proper maintenance - but the tranny usually needs replaced or rebuilt around 200-250K"

With that advice I would look for something lower. So this mileage number isnít something that just makes ME feel better - but I'm looking for how long the internals and tranny's last.

I donít want to pick one up only to find out I need to rebuilt the motor Ė if someone tells me that I can pick one up with 250k+ without worrying about rebuilds then thatís the information Iím looking for.
are you going to sell the E46?
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:58 AM   #31
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I'm not trying to sound like a p*$ck - believe me.

I don't care what the odometer says really - I don't care if its 150K vs 250K as long as the motor and tranny are still able to handle redline conditions on the track.

BUT - where I do care is if an e30 owner can tell me something along the lines "the motor is good indefinitely with proper maintenance - but the tranny usually needs replaced or rebuilt around 200-250K"

With that advice I would look for something lower. So this mileage number isnít something that just makes ME feel better - but I'm looking for how long the internals and tranny's last.

I donít want to pick one up only to find out I need to rebuilt the motor Ė if someone tells me that I can pick one up with 250k+ without worrying about rebuilds then thatís the information Iím looking for.
One should remember the "newest" US Spec E30's out there are 1991 models, and that was 17 years ago! So a majority will have over 100K miles on them, but like everyone was saying, they're cheap to fix and easier than an E46 to work on. I used to have an 84 318i and I never had a major problem with it even at 178K miles--and that was back in 1994!

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Old 09-13-2008, 12:02 AM   #32
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i think the E30 is quintessential bmw. everyone should own a e30 just once to know where there roots came from. that is if they could not get a 2002
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:54 AM   #33
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:03 AM   #34
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:08 AM   #35
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:44 AM   #36
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just remember ,another great advantage of E30 is that you can put almost any engine in it i've seen:M10 1,8+turbo M42 1,8is+turbo M20+turbo M50+turbo, M102,M106(M30+turbo fromn factory E23 745i) S50(3 liter engine) S38 engine+turbo
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:01 PM   #37
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Just thought I'd throw in a little input here.

My E30 was my first car - it got my hooked on BMW, and frankly when i went to E36- E46 I was disappointed in comparison in terms of the reliability and torque. I had an 325e "eta" which had like 110hp had 170ft lbs of torque. I loved it because it always pulled hard at daily driving speeds, it had good mileage, and most importantly it was rock solid for a 16 year old car ~ my parents bought it when i was born. They are also horrible car owners, which made the car perfect for them - as it never broke down, even without service!! I think they did oil changes every 15000 miles or something ridiculous, and never changed the mission or diff fluids. They may have flushed the brakes or coolant only at 50000 miles. Then never again.... When i got it and got to work, it was disgusting, but it still ran perfectly. It was running strong with 220k after.. 18 years. Until a tow truck driver forgot to put his brake on while on a hill while towing my car, and the car and the truck rolled down smashing into a wall.. all for a flat tire..

Anways: if you want a fun to drive car, thats a bmw as it should be, thats built like a tank go for it!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:47 AM   #38
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:50 PM   #39
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i think the E30 is quintessential bmw. everyone should own a e30 just once to know where there roots came from. that is if they could not get a 2002
Should be a law!

As soon as I get out of school and have the time to wrench on a "toy" I'm getting one. One in good condition looks so sexy and ready for business to me.
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