That's what I'm talking about..
WOOWOO E30 biatch!
Here's mine, I got it for $800.
this thing rocks... nice and oldschool
but this M3 rocks my world
and cramer's M3 is just sick.
I can only dream of keeping up with the maintenance of an M3.
But I know this lady that has a MINT 325is 4 door in gold that Im sure she will want to sell one day. I will be there
Quote, originally posted by 1.8tautocrossVW » whats the difference in the 325is and 325i ???? both 2 doors, im guessing suspension... curently looking for one and need to know..... thanks guys
not necessarily both 2 doors I dont think... I believe its trim level??
325is vs 325i
325IS most importantely had the limited slip differential in the rear. And ONLY came in 2-door versions. "i" came in 2 or 4 door versions.
'Is' got sport seats with side bolsters, leather 3-spoke steering wheel (Mtech1: 87-89, leather wrapped 4-spoke airbag wheel 90-91), trunk lip spoiler. IS models also had a larger/lower front lip spoiler and elliposoid headlights (88+).
Best year to buy: (dont know)
87: First year for the "i/is" model with the 2.5 high revving motor. Large aluminum bumpers, small tail lamps, large front IS spoiler under the large aluminum bumper. Many 87's are "e" cars with the slow revving 2.7l
88: "e" models with the slow ETA engine still produced, make sure you get the "i" engine if that's what you're looking for. Updated body, larger tail lights, still large aluminum bumpers. Also first year of the AWD IX model. Quite desirable because in 88 it came with all the IS goodies and was the most expensive 3-series offered, more $ than the M3 even
89: First year of updated body WITH smaller plastic bumpers
90: First year of airbag cars
91: no more 325IS, all are i's with most IS options included. 318iS with a potent M42 engine is out for only one year. Find this car and you will be happy - chip it and it is almost as quick as then m20 (325) cars, and MORE fun to drive
Modified by WannaCorrado at 9:00 PM 9-14-2004
read the differences above and make a decision. I have an "i". Same engine, same gearbox, only differences are options and limited slip. All the things you are missing in the "I" are easily retrofitted if you really desire them.
Find an I or IS and get it as long as it is clean and in good shape. They are so old that good conditions matters more than trim level
Quote, originally posted by RUSSIAN » sounds like 87 is the best year
Most folks actually prefer the later years for their more streamlined bumpers. It's just about looks. Performance-wise the years aren't much different. And performance-wise the "i" and "is" aren't much different, either. The most important thing to consider isn't the year or the "s"... it's the condition of the car (rust?) and maintanence history.
My 87 325is w/285,000 miles (pardon the small picture):
I hate the big aluminum bumpers beause of the stupid black rubber side things.
However, the early cars are lighter and can look quite bad ass with the euro bumpers and front valence.
I'd say 89 is the best
small plastic bumpers, ellipsoids, popout rear windows (last year for rear popouts), and no airbags. 88 was the only year guaranteed to have ellipsoids... some 89s have them, 90-91s went back to sealed beams .
basically, try to get a straight, rust free car with a good maintenance history. You can always make the car look better with european body parts.
In doenÂ´t know why the E30 is so popular along with you guys in the US, but here in Germany
I am tired of seeing those things. Aspecialy in the area where I live there are so many and the most of them are tunend like the first one.
Is an E30 really such an rare jewel?