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    Thread: The 'you need an E30' thread

    1. Banned hawc's Avatar
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      06-10-2004 09:37 AM #126
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      The 'you need an E30' thread

      Hmm, do I also need to lower it that much, to the point where the suspension geometry is seriously compromised?
      Beautiful cars, but in SOME of those pictures they seem to be lowered more for looks than performance.

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      06-10-2004 10:04 AM #127
      i could totally have sex with this

    3. 06-10-2004 10:51 AM #128
      [QUOTE]
      Luv it! one of my collection cars to have same color and simple. pure sex


      Modified by #1 S T U N N A at 3:53 PM 6-10-2004

    4. 06-10-2004 11:40 AM #129
      [QUOTE=#1 S T U N N A]
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      Luv it! one of my collection cars to have same color and simple. pure sex

      Modified by #1 S T U N N A at 3:53 PM 6-10-2004

      Damn! I need an e30!

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      06-10-2004 01:18 PM #130
      Quote, originally posted by hawc »
      Hmm, do I also need to lower it that much, to the point where the suspension geometry is seriously compromised?
      Beautiful cars, but in SOME of those pictures they seem to be lowered more for looks than performance.

      You'd be surprised how low you can get an E30 before you bring the control arms past the breaking parallel
      E30s have their control arm mounts pretty high on the frame, so you can lower them 3" or so and still have a tight handling car

      This does not happen unless you lower more than 4.5" and its not even that severe if you do.
      This is why E30s are popular in Europe... drastic lowering without sacraficing handling.

    6. 06-13-2004 08:16 PM #131
      I say lets keep the thread alive, my contribution:

      M3 Cab:




      AND THE SICKEST OF ALLL
      M3 V8



    7. 06-13-2004 08:19 PM #132

      with a


    8. 06-13-2004 09:05 PM #133
      Quote, originally posted by DELI DANA VR6 »
      AND THE SICKEST OF ALLL
      M3 V8



      Is that an M3? I saw one called the 340. It was a e30 series with a 540 v8 in it.

    9. 06-13-2004 09:27 PM #134
      I havent heard of that one but that is definetly an M3 [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Nothing in there looks factory at all..

    10. 06-13-2004 09:53 PM #135

      i think im going to shed tears of happiness.....

    11. 06-15-2004 02:12 AM #136
      E30's make great winter beaters for those of us with genuine classic BMW's!
      I'm hoping to pick up an 87 325is before the winter weather rolls around later this year. Happy to sacrifice an E30 to the winter gods.
      Al

    12. 06-15-2004 02:29 AM #137
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      You'd be surprised how low you can get an E30 before you bring the control arms past the breaking parallel
      E30s have their control arm mounts pretty high on the frame, so you can lower them 3" or so and still have a tight handling car

      This does not happen unless you lower more than 4.5" and its not even that severe if you do.
      This is why E30s are popular in Europe... drastic lowering without sacraficing handling.

      40mm actualy is the exact amount you can lower it. Any more and you need to do some pricey modification, or your car will handle like crap.
      I grabbed a "total BMW" mag from Barns+Noble (may issue). It has a huge section on "Modifying your BMW". Explains all the modifications you can, can't, should and should not do for each Bimmer. GET THE MAG, best 8 bucks I've spent in a long time.
      Found it, exact quote.
      "Lowering the car up to 40 mm is OK, but any more and you'll need to use offset, rear trailing arm bushes to correct the excessive negative camber on the rear wheels. The easy answer? DON'T lower it any more than 40mm. "


      Modified by Corbic at 7:35 AM 6-15-2004

    13. 06-15-2004 03:21 AM #138
      any e30 with Kerscher Carmona's and a nice drop will always be the best in my book. I have the wheels (I'm told the only set in the US...but I doubt it) now I just need the car. Give me some time though...gotta find the right one at the right price....err basically I need 3k to spend on a car, but it's hard living in LA payin rent, and struggling to get my business going.

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      06-15-2004 03:52 AM #139
      Maybe I've be drunk too long, but have I ever seen a E30 wagon in the US? I'de like to think I did and maybe I over looked it? Were they ever sold here?
      Nevermind I just read the rest of the thread, phew its a long one



      Modified by skoolio at 8:53 AM 6-15-2004

    15. 06-15-2004 04:00 AM #140
      Can we get some numbers in this thread? Power outputs, track times, place holdings, dimensions, ect?
      Oh yes, price guids, parts, after market, model numbers, web sites, race teams.. pictures hardly say a thousand words.

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      06-15-2004 09:53 AM #141
      Quote, originally posted by Corbic »
      40mm actualy is the exact amount you can lower it. Any more and you need to do some pricey modification, or your car will handle like crap.
      I grabbed a "total BMW" mag from Barns+Noble (may issue). It has a huge section on "Modifying your BMW". Explains all the modifications you can, can't, should and should not do for each Bimmer. GET THE MAG, best 8 bucks I've spent in a long time.
      Found it, exact quote.
      "Lowering the car up to 40 mm is OK, but any more and you'll need to use offset, rear trailing arm bushes to correct the excessive negative camber on the rear wheels. The easy answer? DON'T lower it any more than 40mm. "

      40mm in the rear maybe.
      40mm in the front is barely scratching the surface
      I think my H&R Sport Springs and Bilstein Sport Dampers lower it about 40mm and it handles fine. The rear IS cambered a little, but the control arms are not past parallel.
      The fronts are not past parallel at all and there is still plenty of fender gap. (in fact the car has kind of a reverse rake)
      Yes, the more you lower the rear of an E30 the more camber you give it, but you will never break that parallel
      Plus, that added rear camber really makes the rear stick HARD under fast cornering
      The H&R Cup Kit lowers 2.1" front and 1.7" rear (40mm = 1.5")
      H&R Coils drop up to 2"F and 1.6"R

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      06-15-2004 10:12 AM #142
      I officially want an E30
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    18. 06-15-2004 02:24 PM #143
      Quote, originally posted by 1fastdub »
      I officially want an E30
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      I hear ya, but its so hard to find them in good condition and at a decent price.

    19. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      06-15-2004 02:55 PM #144
      bought mine for $3000 cash

    20. 06-15-2004 05:54 PM #145
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      bought mine for $3000 cash

      i bought mine for 1500$CDN, cash.. 89. in excellent condition
      be jealous, be veryy verryyy jealous....

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      06-15-2004 06:19 PM #146
      We got our 1984 318i for $200. And it even runs. Beat that!

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      06-20-2004 02:16 AM #147
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      We got our 1984 318i for $200. And it even runs. Beat that!

      i got my 1989 325i with 72k miles and runs perfect with good paint and interior few small dings but almost always garaged and everything but ac works...
      cost: get it out of his driveway and and drive it home from new jersey(well i am engaged to the previous (and orginal) owners daughter so they may have helped )
      so BEAT (kinda)




      Modified by VwG60Kid at 2:21 AM 6-20-2004

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      06-20-2004 02:55 AM #148
      I bought mine for $1400, but it needed a new suspension.. Still a pretty good deal IMO..

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      06-20-2004 08:32 AM #149
      Seeing all these E30s makes me feel . BMW is sooooooooooo taking the styling of the new BMWs in the WRONG direction IMO.
      Maybe someday they will come out with a retro BMW. It will have the traditional styling with new mechanicals [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    25. 06-20-2004 09:58 AM #150


      I paid $1100 for this one. I've spent about $1000 in parts fixing all of the worn out suspension and rotted exhaust. It's not a magazine quality car, but it's fun to drive and it gets 28MPG on the freeway, holding a steady 80MPH.
      The cars are out there, but you're gonna have to make some repairs to them. They really don't cost anymore than an A2 VW to fix. You can get the "brand name" parts from the same on-line discount parts suppliers that you buy your VW parts from.

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