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    Thread: My new e30.... M3 content 56k DIAF

    1. Member IronJoe's Avatar
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      10-20-2010 09:56 AM #1
      So here's all about the car:

      1988 BMW M3
      Hennarot with Black buffalo leather
      189,000 miles
      16" TSW Evo wheels
      Two previous owners (I'm the third)

      Pros:
      Rare color combination
      EVO airbox
      Turner Motorsports Conforti chip (+24bhp, +19ft/lbs, 8000RPM redline)
      Sparco Strut bar (uninstalled)
      SS Brake Lines (uninstalled)
      Immaculate interior for its age/mileage. I mean it.

      Cons:
      Non-running (but ran when last parked in January '10)
      Car has sat for the better part of 6 years
      Taillight leaks into trunk
      Rough paint on roof (may need new paint on roof?)
      Broken headlight
      Missing paint on rear bumper



      So here are my plans:
      -Get it running
      -Get it road safe (tune up, fluids, hoses, bushings, tires, brakes, suspension, any issues)
      -Get it to pass emissions and start driving it
      -Realign rear bumper mounting
      -Add Period-correct 16" BBS wheels
      -Repaint roof
      -Replace body seals
      -Foglights, tow hook covers, shift knob



      So that's it. It won't be getting an engine swap. No major engine performance stuff, unless the motor grenades then I'll do the 2.5L upgrade. It'll probably get suspension, HIDs, a cd player (currently has a Sony tape deck) and keyless entry. Other than that it will be stock.

      ib4getnewwheels.





















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      10-20-2010 10:15 AM #2
      Nice find! And I love those Evo's on there.

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      10-20-2010 11:01 AM #3
      nice

      btw if you wanna get rid of that tape player IM me

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      10-20-2010 11:04 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by VWsEatRice View Post
      nice

      btw if you wanna get rid of that tape player IM me
      LOL come take it.
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      10-20-2010 11:06 AM #5
      love the e30 m3 , i want one to park next to my 16v 190e's , may i ask what you paid for this non running tresure of a find ?

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      10-20-2010 11:14 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubfreak86 View Post
      love the e30 m3 , i want one to park next to my 16v 190e's , may i ask what you paid for this non running tresure of a find ?
      $7500.

      I think it's a reasonable price for its condition. I definitely didn't "steal" it or get it "for a song". The owner is a great guy and an enthusiast, and I think I paid fair.

      It's a lot of cash for a non-runner, but if you consider the cost that "parts car" M3's go for, or cars with straight bodies but no motor, it's a good deal.
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      10-20-2010 11:20 AM #7
      Beautiful e30, good luck getting everything up and running.

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      10-20-2010 11:26 AM #8
      I have a soft spot for the E30 M3. If you need any help let me know, I'm a bit of a guru on them.

      When I sold mine it had a built 2.5 that was a little over 300hp. Never should have sold it.
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      10-20-2010 12:27 PM #10
      Hell yeah! Congrats on the find.
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    11. 10-20-2010 12:40 PM #11
      Looks good washed up!

      So the roof was as bad as it looked? Cracked down to the primer?

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      10-20-2010 12:45 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by cramer View Post
      Looks good washed up!

      So the roof was as bad as it looked? Cracked down to the primer?
      Yeah, there's no saving that one section. But the other 95% of the paint is usable. Probably will need a mask & repaint of the roof.


      Thanks again for your help!


      EDIT: Pic of roof nastiness.
      Last edited by IronJoe; 10-20-2010 at 12:54 PM.
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    13. 10-20-2010 12:50 PM #13
      Too bad, but yeah, the rest of the body was in great shape with just a couple easy to fix areas

      Let me know how the troubleshooting goes, I've got some extra parts you can use for testing (cap/rotor, fuel pumps, etc)

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      10-20-2010 01:51 PM #14
      Aaron that cleaned up really nice! Let me know when I'm coming over to help sort stuff out, and call me about the wheels first I can't tell you how many times I went and drove by that drooling, you're lucky son!
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      10-20-2010 02:07 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by karlorado View Post
      Aaron that cleaned up really nice! Let me know when I'm coming over to help sort stuff out, and call me about the wheels first I can't tell you how many times I went and drove by that drooling, you're lucky son!
      Thx man. Stop by this afternoon when you get off.
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      10-20-2010 05:19 PM #16
      Great find!

      I think $7500 for an e30 M3 in that condition is pretty damn good, running or not (I'd have bought it!).

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      10-20-2010 05:41 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by IronJoe View Post
      Yeah, there's no saving that one section. But the other 95% of the paint is usable. Probably will need a mask & repaint of the roof.


      Thanks again for your help!


      EDIT: Pic of roof nastiness.
      It's single stage paint. There is a ton of oxidation, if there is any paint left, it might be able to be buffed out.
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    18. 10-20-2010 06:12 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Stealth 993 View Post
      It's single stage paint. There is a ton of oxidation, if there is any paint left, it might be able to be buffed out.
      i really like those wheels!

    19. 10-20-2010 07:10 PM #19
      That's gonna be a great car. You really need to buy my AC Schnitzer shift knob


    20. 10-20-2010 07:22 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Obvious View Post
      Great find!

      I think $7500 for an e30 M3 in that condition is pretty damn good, running or not (I'd have bought it!).
      Agreed. Very jealous. Nice find!
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      10-20-2010 11:10 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by rennis View Post
      Agreed. Very jealous. Nice find!
      X3 I see guys over on the 2002 FAQ selling the drive-train alone for dang near 6k.

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    22. 10-20-2010 11:17 PM #22
      I'd give up my left nut for this car, Just sayin

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      10-20-2010 11:31 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Husky McLovin View Post
      I'd give up my left nut for this car, Just sayin
      Thanks! I'll PM you if I need a spare Lefty.
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    24. 10-20-2010 11:32 PM #24
      congratulations on the new car...Thats a hell of a deal if it doesnt cost too much to get back up and running....There are a good amount of ///m3's in the area...I too have one...which is working, but not very well...doin big things with it this winter... can't wait to see it next summer... good luck...

      here's my german combo.....

    25. 10-21-2010 12:44 AM #25
      Hey Tony!

      Going 2.5L?

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      10-21-2010 01:19 AM #26
      Beautiful car, best of luck getting it running!

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      10-21-2010 09:46 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by 71 flying brick View Post
      congratulations on the new car...Thats a hell of a deal if it doesnt cost too much to get back up and running....There are a good amount of ///m3's in the area...I too have one...which is working, but not very well...doin big things with it this winter... can't wait to see it next summer... good luck...

      here's my german combo.....
      VERY nice! I am thinking more and more about getting the Evo II front spoiler down the road. My front bumper has a few nicks on the corners and it looks like that would hide them nicely
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      10-21-2010 10:50 AM #28
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      10-22-2010 04:43 PM #29
      That my friend is on my top 5 list of must have cars..there is a kid rolling in one with recaro srd seats and it is immaculate...I'll ask him if he haas any spare parts for you.he's done an excellent job making the car nearly immaculate. I hope you do the same congrats on the buy
      Good luck
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      10-22-2010 04:47 PM #30
      One of my favorite cars of all time, and you definitely got it for a great price.

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      10-22-2010 04:50 PM #31
      Also, I like the TSW's on the car... is you had them painted white or black it would be a period correct BMW motorsports look.

    32. 10-22-2010 05:05 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by TylerO28 View Post
      ..there is a kid rolling in one with recaro srd seats and it is immaculate...I'll ask him if he haas any spare parts for you.he's done an excellent job making the car nearly immaculate. I hope you do the same congrats on the buy
      Good luck
      not this dbag is it? i saw this guy club baby seals before with his lug wrench...

      wish i had the room to keep mine

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      10-22-2010 07:05 PM #33
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      10-22-2010 08:06 PM #34
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      10-25-2010 02:39 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Us2bA4dr View Post
      not this dbag is it? i saw this guy club baby seals before with his lug wrench...

      wish i had the room to keep mine
      Ha ha nope his is red...

      Btw not to jack but congrats eddie just picked up the issue
      god i love my car. it may not be fast, but it's crazy fun!



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