- A cash for clunkers survivor?

So, I Just Bought One Of The Cheapest BMW E30's I Could Find.

Who knew $1,000 could get you a classic BMW?

6d ago

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So, as usual. I am the guy who buys everyone's low budget quirky cars that need work. Sometimes it's a lot of work, sometimes it's a cheap and easy fix and it's good as gold. I was given an offer for this particular car, since it was sitting for months. The previous owner bought it and let it just collect dust. I guess it needed more work than he could handle or he was just in a tight spot and needed some money. He told me, $1,000 and I would be the owner of a wonderful classic BMW. So the deal was made and the car came back home to my shop where it also currently houses my e36 m3, my first gen Nissan Xterra, my OBS ford F-150, and my second gen Camaro. I'm sort of running out of space, but whats one more car to the fleet?

a diamond in the rough.

a diamond in the rough.

What you're looking at is a 1986 325e. yes, 325e. "E" which stands for the economy models, came with a low revving 2.7L inline 6 that maximized low end torque and red lined around 4,500RPM. And also, it was the largest displacement you could get back in the day. From factory it came with 121hp and 177 lb ft of torque. I'm sure after all those years, and it not running properly, it has lost some ponies over the years. No big deal, I'll do what I can to bring them back.

Not in bad shape for a car with only 144k on the odometer. look at where it red lines!

Not in bad shape for a car with only 144k on the odometer. look at where it red lines!

Problems with the car right now are, one of the rear cv axles is bad and the temp sensor doesn't work. also runs a bit rough. I have noticed and there wasn't any power steering fluid in the reservoir, so I believe there is a leak somewhere in the lines or maybe a hose clamp needs to be tightened a bit more. The rough idle seemed to smooth out the more I drove it around the block so I am guessing maybe the fuel is starting to go bad in it. I'll dump some fresh high octane fuel to help it out a bit. Another problem is that the taillight on the passenger side is busted and the rear bumper is held on by mechanics wire. The paint is a bit faded but other than that, the body is pretty straight.

pretty clean interior for a car that is 34 years old.

pretty clean interior for a car that is 34 years old.

The interior is in pretty good shape for its age. Just two small tears in the leather, hidden by some black duct tape. The dash pad has a couple of cracks in it but that doesn't bother me much. The radio is a bit strange. It says "code" in digital letters on the screen, so I am guessing I need a code of some sort to let it work once more, or I just might put a cheap aftermarket bluetooth radio in it and call it a day. All the windows roll down with no problems, all the buttons work. Doors all lock. Yes, unfortunately it is an automatic. That is why it was so cheap. Everyone is grabbing all the manual ones. But having an automatic e30 is not too bad. If I want something exciting and sporty, I have my e36 M3 for that. This will just be a fun little fuel efficient retro 80's car it was always meant to be.

If anyone reading this is interested, I made a walk around YouTube video of this car and I also did a 0-60 in this when I took it out for a drive. I didn't really set a timer, but I did shift it to "s" which I think is a "sport mode" of some sort. I don't know, if you are an e30 person, let me know what it is and also what you think of this car. Would love to hear what everyone thinks. Down below will be the YouTube link for everyone. Think about leaving a "like" and also subscribing for more automotive content with this car and many more.

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Comments (14)

  • Looks like an honest car to me, bit of rust, seats need some love, nothing alarming.

      3 days ago
    • For a 34 year old car that’s all original it’s pretty straight. I am really impressed. I think it’s going to be a fun little project.

        3 days ago
    • Exactly, also, in this configuration you need not be scared it has been trashed around, starts up easy, bit rough indeed, so injection cleaner, new filters, fluids all around, Sparks, be sure to check all rubbers and bushings. Looks clean...

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        3 days ago
  • I bought an '89 BMW 320i for $800 from our outgoing commander back in '02 when I was stationed in Germany. (Awesome country but being unit armorer meant had to be phone call away from unit's weapons... iow didn't see much of Europe at all.)

      5 days ago
    • Awe that’s a bummer but I recommend going back. Germany is such a beautiful country. When I was living in France I took a train from Paris to Köln and I met up with a couple of friends from Braunschweig, saw their area and we went to Berlin. It was a...

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        5 days ago
    • Soon enough, retirement is < 3yrs away. 😁

        5 days ago
  • You got balls, kid

      5 days ago
    • It’s not that bad of a project. I’m so used to wrenching on old junk it’s like second nature

        3 days ago
    • That’s awesome. I actually got rid of my ‘76 630 CSi because i got tired of wrenching on it! But so glad someone else enjoys the hobby.

        2 days ago
  • Kickin! Rock on ma man!!!

      5 days ago

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