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    Thread: The 'you need an E30' thread

    1. 04-06-2005 06:50 AM #301
      i'm thinking about getting a 325is when i get back

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      04-06-2005 09:34 AM #302
      Quote, originally posted by nuke941 »
      dont do it, go for a 325i m20, that would be like buying a 2.0 Jetta

      wrong. there are guys making 130+ whp with minor mods in their 91 M42 318s.
      You CAN make a 318is quick easily. And it definitely feels more nimble than the I6 cars.

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      04-06-2005 10:28 AM #303
      Your right.. I do need an E30!
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      04-20-2005 12:41 PM #304
      So this thread, and the myriad of other E30 threads lately, got to me ... finally picked up a car I've wanted for a looooooong time ...

      Not *that* car, but just like with, albeit with the stock basketweaves. 150k on the clock, been in TX all it's life, complete maintenance history. Can't wait for the shipping company to get it to me.

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      04-20-2005 12:54 PM #305
      Funny that this thread popped up again. Someone at work is selling a 325e mtx. Not sure what year, $2400. Looks very neat and tidy.
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      04-20-2005 01:26 PM #306
      ^^^ that is so...perfect.

    7. 04-20-2005 02:19 PM #307
      I dig the M3 side grills from on the first cab.
      E30s rock.

    8. 04-22-2005 12:50 AM #308

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      04-22-2005 02:08 AM #309
      This thread has more longevity than a geriatric popping Viagra. What's the official count for E30 owners that were converted because of this thread? Long live the E30.
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      04-22-2005 02:09 AM #310
      oi ... no fair pimping your car in your sig at S14.net, and now here too!!
      j/k ... it's a beaut ... love the BBS racing wheels

    11. 04-22-2005 10:49 AM #311
      Quote, originally posted by Mr K »
      This thread has more longevity than a geriatric popping Viagra. What's the official count for E30 owners that were converted because of this thread? Long live the E30.
      Jim

      it sure helped, but i always wanted an e30, but only a few years ago they where still kind of expensive, recently they've hit rock bottom pricing

    12. 04-22-2005 07:28 PM #312
      hey, when all you have left is pictures....

    13. 04-22-2005 07:45 PM #313
      Quote(oi ... no fair pimping your car in your sig at S14.net, and now here too!!
      j/k ... it's a beaut ... love the BBS racing wheels)
      Whaaaaaat!! someone from Fresno owns an E30M3??

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      04-22-2005 08:25 PM #314
      Someone asked for more info earlier. Here's an article I saved about the different E30 models:
      Differences between models
      by Frederick Kim
      The issue often comes up: So what exactly are the differences between a 325e and a 325i? What does that "s" mean in 318is, 325es, and 325is? Is the 1984-85 318i the same as the 1991 318i? How come some models have an X in their name, like 325iX? What's a 325ic? And why does the M3 look so different than the rest of the E30s? This guide will attempt to explain the differences between all the American E30 models.
      The main differences between the 325i and the 325e are in the engine. Although both models have engines from the same M20 family, the 325e had more displacement (2.7 liters versus the 325i's 2.5) but drastically less horsepower. The 325e redlines at a very low 4800 RPM and only had 121 hp @ 4250 RPM but 174 lb-ft of torque @ 3250 RPM and an incredibly flat powerband to compensate. The "e" stood for "eta," which is the Greek letter for efficiency and was the theme for the 325e. It also had a very conservative 2.93 rear gear (2.79 in the earlier models) to allow low freeway RPMs and higher gas mileage; in contrast, the sport oriented 325i had a much shorter 3.73 rear end (4.10 in automatics). Although the "i" models had a smaller displacement engine, it had much more horsepower: 167 horsepower, 164 lb-ft torque and a higher compression ratio (9.7 vs 9.0). As a result of its peaky powerband, the "i" also had a higher redline at 6700 RPM.
      As a side note, any model with simply a "325" designation is equipped with the 2.7 liter eta engine. It was BMW's base model from 1986 until 1988 when it was phased out of production in favor of the 325i. In its final year, the 1988 325 (dubbed "Super Eta" by enthusiasts) was equipped from the factory with special pistons, 325i head/exhaust system, and Motronic 1.1 engine management control, bumping horsepower up to 127 and raising the redline to 5500 RPM.
      Any model with an "s" suffix, like the 318is, 325es, and 325is, denotes the sport model which only came in two door form. It can be easily recognized by its front spoiler with integrated foglights, rear decklid spoiler, and 14" BBS cross-spoke "basketweave" rims. It also featured a limited slip differential (optional on the 318is) , bolstered sport seats, thicker swaybars, slightly stiffer shocks and front springs, and 3-spoke sport steering wheel (except '90 on, which used a leather-wrapped airbag wheel). The 325es and 325is came with an on board computer, power sunroof/mirrors/windows, central locking, and premium sound system standard as well. In 1991 there was no official 325is model, although the Sport package with all the aforementioned items was still available.
      The "X" denotes all wheel drive and only came in 325iX form (there was no such thing as a 318iX or a 325eX). It shares major components with the rest of the 325i, but uses a different oil pan and pump because of its front drive axle and comes with 15" rims (and unique +41mm offset). It also featured side skirts and slightly flared fenders to differentiate itself from other 2WD models.
      The "c" denotes a convertible, although it is not an official BMW designation. Rather, it is used by dealers and owners to easily identify a convertible model. BMW North America imported the 325i convertible in 1987 and the 318i convertible in 1991; both of which were still in production in 1992 when the E36 was released, as is BMW's policy to overlap convertibles into the next generation until their replacements are ready.
      What about the racing derived M3? It shares very little body parts with other E30s and comes with a completely different motor. The M3 is very easily identifiable with its body coloured bumpers/mouldings/mirrors, front spoiler, flared fenders, rear valence, rear wing, high trunklid, rear window clip, and roof mounted antenna. It's engine, the S14 DOHC 2.3 liter 4-cylinder producing 195 hp @ 6750 RPM/166 lb-ft of torque @ 4750 RPM, was derived from the 3.5 liter M5 6-cylinder and was intended for motorsport use. It featured a very peaky 7100 RPM redline, 10.5:1 compression ratio, 4.10:1 LSD and short ratio gearbox. The M engineers also equipped it with a larger 18.5 gallon fuel tank, 5 lug 15" BBS cross-spoke rims, and upgraded brakes (thicker and larger diameter ABS-equipped discs, heftier callipers, and a revised master brake cylinder). Interior upgrades were limited to red gauge needles, oil temperature gauge (in place of the standard fuel economy gauge), sport steering wheel, leather sport seats, rear armrest (replaced the center seat) and the M logo on the instrument cluster, door sill, and shift knob.
      In stark contrast to the M3 was the 318i. The 1984-1985 318i's engine was a slightly modified version of the M10 motor used in the previous generation E21, putting out only 101 hp @ 5800 RPM. It had the basic L-Jetronic engine management system (as opposed to the Motronic used in the 325e/i models), rear drum brakes, and limited standard equipment. It was hard pressed by its competition and was finally dropped after the 1985 model year. However, the 318i moniker returned for 1991 but with a brand new 1.8 liter, 16-valve DOHC motor producing 134 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. Although it lacked the uplevel features of its 325i stablemate, it provided lively performance at an entry level price.
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    15. 05-06-2005 02:44 AM #315
      I want an E30! still.

    16. 05-06-2005 03:18 AM #316
      Quote, originally posted by 4ITB »

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    17. 05-06-2005 03:27 AM #317
      alright, i know there are more e30 sedans out there, where are they?
      anyone want to trade for a s13 240? engine swap to new KA24DE, dual overhead cams, yeah baby.

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      06-28-2005 03:47 PM #318
      Bump for the hell of it.
      I came across this gem on the DC craigslist...

      only 92,095 original miles! it's a '91 318i sedan... M42 motor... 5 speed... they want $2950 for it.
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      06-28-2005 04:51 PM #319
      AKA are you considering buying it? Can you post a link to the ad?

    20. 06-28-2005 04:56 PM #320
      damn, i would love to get one of these(325is) when i get back.
      i know they handle good, but i need something that runs atleast a 15flat in the 1/4 mile.
      i just think its time i stepped up from 8v vw power

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      06-28-2005 05:05 PM #321
      Oh, oh! This thread DEFINITELY needs these pics I took a month ago at the race track in my hometown!





      This was basically a street legal race car. That car was far from a stock '88 M3. Engine from an M5, head, pistons, crankshaft, etc. new, gearbox, differential, exhaust, brakes, suspension, fuel system, interior stripped from sound insulation, seats, pedals, steering wheel, seatbelts... Only the shell was original and that's actually good, cause externally it didn't look anything special, really. A truly insane car. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


      Modified by Son of a B...5er! at 12:10 AM 6-29-2005
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      06-28-2005 05:10 PM #322
      I raced a convertible red e30 a while back, uphill on a bridge. took him. that right, no liscence but im already racing. i bet i could get in trouble for that.
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      06-28-2005 05:16 PM #323


      MMMMM the smell of race gas in the morning
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      06-28-2005 05:18 PM #324
      Quote, originally posted by masa8888 »
      AKA are you considering buying it? Can you post a link to the ad?

      Click on the picture in my post.
      I considered it, but if I were to buy an E30, it'd be an '89 325i sedan... first year for plastic bumpers and motronic 1.3, last year with no airbag.
      there's one of those on the DC CL too, but the ad is a couple weeks old, and it's got some problems (exhaust leak, messed up front valance, valve lash problem) that make its $3500 price a bit optimistic IMO, even considering its ultra low mileage (68k!). It also doesn't say if it's a manual or not.


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      06-28-2005 10:45 PM #325
      Me at Lime Rock with the NEQ a few weeks ago.



      This is what the M3 is for. It's so much damn fun on the track.
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