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    E30 buyers guide

    I realised my thread was down so I am resposting this for another guide.

    The complete Buyers guide to purchasing an e30



    Since I see posts about this all the time I thought I would take the time to consolidate all the information you need to know about buying an e30 of just about and flavor, most of the information I am passing along I have seen first hand when looking at cars, I think I looked at about 5 e30s before buying one. A lot in this article I am going to assume the person looking for a car does not know a lot about cars in general.

    Here's a few things to keep in mind when picking an e30.

    1. General Information

    A. 318i
    B. 318is
    C. 325 (aka eta)
    D. 325e
    E. 325i
    F. 325is
    G. M3

    Keep in mind, I = Normal Car, IS = Sport Model, E = Economy

    There are others but chances are you wont find them.

    Instead of typing all the specs out of the engines, a complete list can be found here.

    To make things simple, when I refer to the engine "M20" think any of of the 325 series, "m40/2" think 318i or 318is, "s14" is the m3. I am not going to cover the m3 at all, it is a completely different car, any information you would like to know about buying one can be found on www.s14.net



    2. Things to look for on ANY e30:

    First, look to see if there are any record of engine service, ESPECIALLY check to see if the timing belt on the m20 has been changed, and the timing chain on the m40/2 has been changed. If they have not put this first thing to do on your repair list, get it DONE. If it breaks say goodbye to your engine. Also, check to see if the water pump has been replaced. Water pump and Timing belt/chain are the first repairs you should do to any e30 without previous documentation!

    Here is a list of common easily repairable problems found in e30s.

    1. Window switches: They dont work well, they just suck you can buy new ones or repair.
    If none of the windows work, there is a breaker button for god knows why on the dash, its right above the deck somewhere by the hazard button. It has a red outline, push it and see if that solves the windows not working problem, I have seen a lot of people tricked by this one.

    2.Hole in the intake boot:

    See that big black 90 degree boot thing on the right? (Note I don't have my airbox connected) If the car doesn't want to idle or stalls, chances are there's a hole in that thing. Its like $20 new and 5 min of time with a screw driver you can change it out



    3. Dead Speedo, Tach, Or odometer: The odometers are prone to break in e30s, if it is you may want to question the miles on the car. They are a pretty simple fix if it is, goto www.odometergears.com and pickup a new gear set. If all or more of these are dead it may be a bad SI board, which isnt a big deal. They are easy to replace and you can get them on ebay with new batteries cheap. The main thing to worry about is the correct mileage on the car.

    4. Broken seatbelt clips. I have seen a LOT of e30s with broken seatbelt clips. They are not too hard to replace. It will require you to pull the seat out of the car but its not hard. I would suggest getting new ones from the dealer. I think they go for about $30 a pop.

    5. Door Locks: Try the key in all door locks including the trunk. See if they are sticky or jammed. If they are you are generally SOL, My old 325i and my m3 both have this problem, I just expect locks on e30s not to work. Easy work around is just getting a keyless system.

    6. RUST!!!

    There are several places on an e30 to check for rust.

    A. Rear license plate light: Check around the lights for rust, This is a very common place to find it

    B. Tail lights: open the trunk and pop the cover off the rear tail lights (just two plastic screw things you spin) check around there for rust!

    C. Under the doors!! The window seals are prone to wear out, I didn't check this on my first car and had some horrible rust. Feel and look under the door to see if there is rust





    7. Performance:

    If you made it his far without walking away good! So lets move onto the test drive.

    While driving here are some thing to check, and some questions to ask yourself.

    A. Let go of the steering wheel while going straight on a nice paved road, make sure the car does not veer off on its own, if it does, you probably need an alighment.

    B. Do this again while braking, does it veer now?, Is there any brake grinding of squealing?

    C. If the owner is not with you, hit some potholes! Check to see if the shocks are blown, do they make an awful noise when you hit potholes? Does the car "shudder" when you hit them? This may be a sign of blown shocks.

    D. Try cornering hard, can you hear the wheels grind? If they do it may be a bad wheel bearing, which can most people cannot replace and will have to take to a shop.

    E. Is the exhaust loud? Check for leaks or holes

    F. Redline it! Does all hell break loose if you get to redlines? I did that to one e30 and it just killed it, the engine acted like crap afterwards!

    G. If the car is manual, pull over, push the clutch down, put it in 3rd.. Now Drop the clutch. If the car dies instantly good! that means the clutch is probably in ok condition, if that car pulls itself forward a bit before stalling the clutch may be going out.

    H. Test the cruise control!



    8. General things too look for that are not e30 specific:

    A. Is the paint faded or chipped?

    B. Tires!! How much tread is left? Are they all the same brand and model? Is there any unusual wear marks?

    C. Check all the lights, see if any are blown or whatnot

    D. Check the AC

    E. Let the car idle for a while, does it overheat? This may be a bad fan clutch (the mechanical fan on the front of the engine)

    F. Does it overheat after driving a lot? Could be a bad water pump

    G. Is the coolant black or grimy looking? This is probably a bad head gasket (lots of work for you to do, lots of money for a shop to do)

    H. Pop the hood, Are there any parts with numbers written in "paint" on them? These would be parts for a salvage yard, may make you question some things. Although it may not be a bad thing, its just something to keep in mind about the overall care of the car.



    9. Trivial things you may or may not care about.

    A. Check the dash, if its cracked it sucks to replace. But can be done

    B. Recline the seats all the way back, then pull the lever to make them come up, do they come up on their own? Or are they broken and need to be pulled up by hand?

    C. Headliner ripped? Whats the overall condition of the interior? Think about how hard or what it would cost to fix problems.

    Bumpers, bumpers, bumpers! By Ryan Stewart

    There are a lot of different bumpers out there and there are a lot of people who hate thiers so maybe we should cover some of the basics of the E30 bumpers.

    First there are the E30s made before 1988. All E30s made before 88 either got the international chrome bumper or the very large aluminum and rubber 5mph bumper that looks like this:



    These cars can NOT take the plastic bumpers without heavy modification shown in Jordan's tech article. And no, there is no easy way that doesnt result in it looking horrid.

    For cars made in 1988 and beyond you CAN install the plastic bumpers everyone knows and loves because those cars have the lower rear arches. On the cabrios you may want to install the latter valance to finish the update but they are a bolt on mod (except for cutting the tow hook):



    For those of you who have the late model International bumpers you might wanna know, "How can I be more Euro?" Well dont fret, you too can have the opportunity. The only difference in the late model Euro bumpers is the deletion of the sidemarkers. You can get the trim that doesnt have the sidemarkers and then sell your sidemarkers to someone in Europe, they are the shizzle over there.

    Now before you guys with the ugly, horrid, evil US 5mph bumpers start crying there is an out. The international market bumpers for the early cars were slick little chrome units that look great and are a bolt on mod (only drill 2 holes) for the early cars.

    These are what they look like over the stock US valance and with a stock rear:




    Then if you have plastic bumpers and money (they are expensive) you can install the mtec2 bumper covers and bodykit:



    Just to reiterate. Unless you have lots of money or own a bodyshop you cant have plastic bumpers look right on a pre-88 car.



    10. Going in for the kill!

    If everything is looking pretty good to you here are some tips for buying a soon to be e30 (hopefully)

    A. GET A CARFAX, I cannot stress this enough, although its not the best tool, its an easy one to use. Carfax can show if anything has happened to the car.

    B. Get a blue book quote! www.kbb.com Although this usually doesn't upload to a lot of e30s, its a nice tool to hold over the owners head to try to get them down in price.

    Bargaining: Here's some lines I use to try and get prices down

    "The car looks nice, but it does have a lot a miles, and you know that takes away from value"

    "Yeah but, blah blah blah is wrong with it, and you know the cost of getting these things fixed will add up to be a lot even though they are not big issues"

    I always low ball on my first offer, just to see how the owner will take it. Just see what their reaction is and take it from there. ALWAYS try to get them down, I mean hey, you don't have anything to lose might as well try!





    I think this about covers all the basics to buying an e30, I hope this was helpful. Happy hunting!



    References and tech site for help

    www.bimmerforums.com

    www.r3vlimited.com

    www.bmwboard.com

    www.e30tech.com

    www.bimmerworld.com

    above FROM EQUATE975

    I have owned over a dozen e30s and still have a few around.
    Also a few fellow BMW CCA members are looking for track cars and buying e30s. I have been asked for info on what to look for. Here is what I put together and Please let me know if I have anything incorrect.

    The easiest way to check a E car Vs an I car is the Tach.. An E car has a redline at 4,500 adding at 5k. The I car is 6300 ending at 7k. Yes I know you can put a I cluster in a E car and it works fine So a 2nd way to check is look at the intake amafold. The E cars have a cold start fuel injector on the passenger side and the idle stabilizer next to it. The I cars donít have this injector and the idle stabilizer is on the drivers side.

    Common problems.
    Speedos break at 80 to120k. If its works DONT push the reset button when the car is moving. There are 3 companies making gear kits to fix this.

    Inside door latches are plastic and break, these are pretty cheap at the dealer. But again the local U pull it always has a a car on the lot with them.

    Trans linkage gets really sloppy. At 100k. Parts are cheap but not easily accessed. If you put a Short shifter kit in it will replace most of these parts. A Z 3 shifter is an improvement. It can be done by feel from under the car, but if you are doing a clutch itís a good time to replace these parts. Also order the gasket/seals and replace them if you have the trans out of the car.

    Drive shaft center bearings go bad. You will get a vibration and thumping between the seats. Not to hard to fix, some cars need the exhaust removed and the heat shields. Do yourself a favor and replace the Guilbo ( the rubber donut at the front of the driveshaft) if you already have the driveshaft out to fix the bearing.

    Clutch for cooling fan goes at 130- 150k. If the car starts running hot in traffic check this. You can jump the Red sensor on the radiator to turn on the electric fan. If this cools down the car I would say it could be the clutch. I have had to replace this on 90% of the e30s I have owned. Living in FL overheating is an issue, I have never purchased a new one. I go to the local U pull and grab one off a junked car, they are pretty interchangeable. I have used them off 5 series as well as 7 series.

    Power steering racks leak, I know people that have pulled off the belt and driven the car for another 100k miles W/o power steering. You can get rebuilt racks, or many people use the Z3 rack since it has a quicker response.

    The auto trans will start shifting hard at 120k miles and go out at 130 to 150K miles.

    The manuals will loose 2nd gear at 250k miles. I find used manuals at the local u pull about every 3 months for under $50. I also have had the master clutch cylinder fail on every car at about 120-150k. At that point I replace the master and slave cylinder.

    Rear axle cv covers. These split and if they are damaged and the car has over 150 K miles just send them out to be rebuilt or replace them. I use to be able to get remanufactured axles for about $100. But when I tried to find some in July of 07 there were none around, so I sent them out to be rebuilt.

    Timing belts should be donít every 90k, yea you can run them up to 120k But if it breaks you will be replacing Valves, or the head.

    Everything but the transmissions and steering racks are cheap to fix. Under $100 if you do it yourself And/Or use parts from the local junkyard.

    I have friends that are autocrossing cars with 250K miles on the engines and being very competitive. These cars are in my opinion the BEST that BMW has built, I have seen cars with over 300k miles with original engines. So donít be afraid of a car with 100k or so.

    I hope this helps..

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    First, why did you leave out the ix? There are some around and they are highly sought after.

    Second, 90K or even 120k on a timing belt? Conventional wisdom as far as I know is every 4 years or 60,000 miles.

    Still, very thorough, mostly good stuff.

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    *eats grapes whilst reading this*

    I'll put my fixes here.

    A. 318i
    B. 318is
    C. 325 (aka eta)
    D. 325e
    E. 325i
    F. 325is
    G. M3

    Keep in mind, I = Normal Car, IS = Sport Model, E = Economy


    You might want to remind people this is for USA...they have many more cars in Europe and Australia...like the 320i and 324td. Some people won't catch on so quickly

    You might want to also add that "3" equals 3 series, "25" means 2.5 liter approximate to put it best, displacement, "i" means fuel injection, "is" injection sport, "e" means Eta, the Greek letter for efficiency, "X" means all wheel drive. (That's just for e30s)

    To make things simple, when I refer to the engine "M20" think any of of the 325 series, "m40/2" think 318i or 318is, "s14" is the m3.

    You forgot about the M10 engine. The US never got the M40 specifically imported.


    1. Window switches: They dont work well, they just suck you can buy new ones or repair.
    If none of the windows work, there is a breaker button for god knows why on the dash, its right above the deck somewhere by the hazard button. It has a red outline, push it and see if that solves the windows not working problem, I have seen a lot of people tricked by this one.


    They don't go bad THAT often, actually none of my e30s had a bad switch. The ETA had a disease of the left front window motor and also had some diaherra on the left front door wiring boot.

    2.Hole in the intake boot:

    See that big black 90 degree boot thing on the right? (Note I don't have my airbox connected) If the car doesn't want to idle or stalls, chances are there's a hole in that thing. Its like $20 new and 5 min of time with a screw driver you can change it out


    Yes. More often than you think. BTW duct tape won't fix this...

    3. Dead Speedo, Tach, Or odometer: The odometers are prone to break in e30s, if it is you may want to question the miles on the car. They are a pretty simple fix if it is, goto www.odometergears.com and pickup a new gear set. If all or more of these are dead it may be a bad SI board, which isnt a big deal. They are easy to replace and you can get them on ebay with new batteries cheap. The main thing to worry about is the correct mileage on the car.

    Odometer gears die from age and other things. The little drive gear is a swine to deal with. The other larger gears are cake. Might want to include a link or procedure to fix this.

    4. Broken seatbelt clips. I have seen a LOT of e30s with broken seatbelt clips. They are not too hard to replace. It will require you to pull the seat out of the car but its not hard. I would suggest getting new ones from the dealer. I think they go for about $30 a pop.


    Never seen it. But yes you do have to take the seat out.

    5. Door Locks: Try the key in all door locks including the trunk. See if they are sticky or jammed. If they are you are generally SOL, My old 325i and my m3 both have this problem, I just expect locks on e30s not to work. Easy work around is just getting a keyless system.


    The central locking unit behind the left front speaker dies with water invasion or excessive rapid-fire use.

    C. If the owner is not with you, hit some potholes! Check to see if the shocks are blown, do they make an awful noise when you hit potholes? Does the car "shudder" when you hit them? This may be a sign of blown shocks.


    Umm...Just jounce the car. Pothole hunting with large wheels can get pricey. Also can through alignment off. Also don't forget to crawl under and check the tie rod ball joints and the control arm rear bushing. When those things swim around there's lots of problems that can be dangerous. Also check for excessive swaying of the car — can cause accidents. Don't ask when I saw that.

    D. Try cornering hard, can you hear the wheels grind? If they do it may be a bad wheel bearing, which can most people cannot replace and will have to take to a shop.

    That or the inside liner is rubbing the tire because it's broken.

    Test the cruise control!

    Not that big of a deal IMO. Fiddly gauges and shot seats are more common

    A. Is the paint faded or chipped?

    Or oxidized? Oxidized paint is like the norm on cars this age. Hard to see on white cars. Chipped and beat up front end paint is a $$$ dropper. Bent up front valences on plastic bumper cars are $$$ droppers as are cracked fogs

    B. Tires!! How much tread is left? Are they all the same brand and model? Is there any unusual wear marks?

    Might want to provide a link on how to read tires. Some people can't read them.

    D. Check the AC

    Usually shot at this age, $$$ dropper

    [average car pointers to look over]


    Might want to remind them to look over coolant and oil colors and smell. M20s can get cracked water jackets in between the coolant passage that runs just under the cam area. ATF and brake fluids are usually black, $$$ write off if it's an automatic since it's been likely neglected for a long time

    B. Recline the seats all the way back, then pull the lever to make them come up, do they come up on their own? Or are they broken and need to be pulled up by hand?

    Common. The shock dies inside

    C. Headliner ripped? Whats the overall condition of the interior? Think about how hard or what it would cost to fix problems.

    Not THAT common but does happen. Sunroof rattling is a very common disease. Check operation, proper draining and no leaks.

    First there are the E30s made before 1988. All E30s made before 88 either got the international chrome bumper or the very large aluminum and rubber 5mph bumper that looks like this:

    Chrome bumpers don't have rubber in them last I checked. They are chrome bumpers with bumper shocks attached to them which bolt up to the frame. Plastic bumpers have a plastic "covering" that wraps around a fiberglass "absorber" which bolts up to bumper shocks which bolt on to the body.

    For cars made in 1988 and beyond you CAN install the plastic bumpers everyone knows and loves because those cars have the lower rear arches. On the cabrios you may want to install the latter valance to finish the update but they are a bolt on mod (except for cutting the tow hook):

    1988 US only cars had chrome bumpers but could be swapped with plastic ones. Verts had plastic bumpers for 1990 or '91 (can't remember), 1989 up coupes, sedans and Tourings all had plastic bumpers, but USA never got Tourings specifically brought in aside from grey market cars. But for Europe and elsewhere (not sure about verts) all had plastic bumpers for 1988 and up.


    Now before you guys with the ugly, horrid, evil US 5mph bumpers start crying there is an out. The international market bumpers for the early cars were slick little chrome units that look great and are a bolt on mod (only drill 2 holes) for the early cars.


    Euro bumpers? Might want to also mention you can stuff '90 vert adjustable shocks in there to shorten things up considerably

    B. Get a blue book quote! www.kbb.com Although this usually doesn't upload to a lot of e30s, its a nice tool to hold over the owners head to try to get them down in price.


    Blue book is totally worthless for E30s but some non-e30 enthusaists might take that bait.


    The easiest way to check a E car Vs an I car is the Tach.. An E car has a redline at 4,500 adding at 5k. The I car is 6300 ending at 7k. Yes I know you can put a I cluster in a E car and it works fine So a 2nd way to check is look at the intake amafold. The E cars have a cold start fuel injector on the passenger side and the idle stabilizer next to it. The I cars don’t have this injector and the idle stabilizer is on the drivers side.


    Actually the first 325i cars still had Motronic 1.0 with them, but i'm not sure what exactly the 1987 US 325i cars had on them, if they had M. 1.1 or not.

    Power steering racks leak, I know people that have pulled off the belt and driven the car for another 100k miles W/o power steering. You can get rebuilt racks, or many people use the Z3 rack since it has a quicker response.

    Simply cutting or removing the belt is half-measure IMHO. There is no steering shock absorber to cover the shocks associated with driving over rough roads. You'll see it first time you strike a curb with your wheels and the steering wheel kicks back. Dangerous IMO. Instead get a manual rack and steering shock and swap it.

    The manuals will loose 2nd gear at 250k miles. I find used manuals at the local u pull about every 3 months for under $50. I also have had the master clutch cylinder fail on every car at about 120-150k. At that point I replace the master and slave cylinder.


    My 325i has almost 245k and doesn't have a shot 2nd but I'll agree that 2nd gets loose, 3rd gets notchy and 1st can get hard to shift into.

    Timing belts should be don’t every 90k, yea you can run them up to 120k But if it breaks you will be replacing Valves, or the head.

    ???? Replace them every 50k mi or 80k km at the latest.


    Good start on a guide though.

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    i take the leaving out of the "ix" as a compliment, not as common as your regular e30. but still some info on them would be appreciated cause there always selling a few somewhere. good write up though

    are the reflectors really the "shizzle" in europe???

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    I have never owned a IX so I cant speak from experience.

    I also grabbed the 1st part from EQUATE975, He did a great job and I wanted to make sure he got credit for his info.

    I think its a work in progress so Thanks ALBICE for the input.

    I also agree on timing belts at 60k. But I have never seen a used car with the belts done at 60 k. I have seem them ignored and left to go up to 120k. I would not do it myself, but if they have 100k miles I would say that it would be OK to drive it home.

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    there should be one writeup, stickied, with info from a pro on each different e30, ESPECIALLY the weird ones i.e. "ix", baur, alpina, european models (316, 323, diesel, etc.) and other e30s. thatd be sick. with everyones input from the forum it could be a great guide. then it could include all known problems and solutions, mods, fixes, pricing, rarity, etc. itd be a bentley on steroids................!!!



    any takers??

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    Hmm. I would say the M42 timing chain should last at least 200k miles, provided the tensioner hasn't been allowed to wreak havoc after going south. I know mine has 196k on it, and it is quiet and is not shedding pieces of itself into the lower pan (I've looked). Also the profile gasket replacement records are nice to have on this motor.

    Other than that your guide looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davey101 View Post
    there should be one writeup, stickied, with info from a pro on each different e30, ESPECIALLY the weird ones i.e. "ix", baur, alpina, european models (316, 323, diesel, etc.) and other e30s. thatd be sick. with everyones input from the forum it could be a great guide. then it could include all known problems and solutions, mods, fixes, pricing, rarity, etc. itd be a bentley on steroids................!!!

    any takers??
    I could but I have some....other E30 things on hand to do!

    (Y'all see...)

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    I can do the Baur one.. I have a Euro 323 Baur e 21 and e30. Engines are different and there are some Rust gotchas.

    I m willing to type something up on this, but i would say we can put it together and have an admin copy and paste all the parts as a Sticky..

    Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by bam2002 View Post
    I can do the Baur one.. I have a Euro 323 Baur e 21 and e30. Engines are different and there are some Rust gotchas.

    I m willing to type something up on this, but i would say we can put it together and have an admin copy and paste all the parts as a Sticky..

    Barry
    what engine does it have? ive never seen or read much about the baurs, so a writeup would be great. baurs are the coolest. i know we have 3? baur owners on here and quite a few "ix"ers, im sure a few have some other weird e30s on here. separate parts then putting them together is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davey101 View Post
    what engine does it have? ive never seen or read much about the baurs, so a writeup would be great. baurs are the coolest. i know we have 3? baur owners on here and quite a few "ix"ers, im sure a few have some other weird e30s on here. separate parts then putting them together is a good idea.
    M20B23. Probably the later 150bhp one.

    All the Baur rage is simply an aftermarket conversion back in the day for any 2 door e30. They'd chop up the roof and cut out the rear window, but leave the window chrome lining in place and keep the T-bar across the roof. Then throw some cloth that is retractable (manually IIRC) to cover it all. It was about an 9 grand option back in 1990 or so.

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    is baur still around?

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    I actually have a few strange e30s. I have the Baur that is a Euro 2.3 L six. the main difference is the distributer is on the side of the engine. Not of the front of the head. They also have the Euro metal bumpers, fitted like the 88 and up here in the us but they are chrome.
    I also have an african built Right hand drive e30, Its really rusty. i plan to raid all the RHD stuff off it and the Euro bumpers and build a RHD convertible,using a US car as the platform. Since the African car is not really leagel and cant be licensed. VS a US car converted can .
    But this a project that I will start after I get the 72 BMW Bavaria painted and the M52 engine in the track car..

    Yep to many things to do..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bam2002 View Post
    I actually have a few strange e30s. I have the Baur that is a Euro 2.3 L six. the main difference is the distributer is on the side of the engine. Not of the front of the head. They also have the Euro metal bumpers, fitted like the 88 and up here in the us but they are chrome.
    I also have an african built Right hand drive e30, Its really rusty. i plan to raid all the RHD stuff off it and the Euro bumpers and build a RHD convertible,using a US car as the platform. Since the African car is not really leagel and cant be licensed. VS a US car converted can .
    But this a project that I will start after I get the 72 BMW Bavaria painted and the M52 engine in the track car..

    Yep to many things to do..
    damn, you have quite the fleet there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bam2002 View Post
    I also have an african built Right hand drive e30, Its really rusty. i plan to raid all the RHD stuff off it and the Euro bumpers and build a RHD convertible,using a US car as the platform. Since the African car is not really leagel and cant be licensed. VS a US car converted can .
    Why not import a e30 from Britain?

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    This African one was already here in FL and Very cheap with no way to register. It had been brought in through Miami for a Diplomat, But the car was not worth shipping back.

    I will be importing a e30 Wagon in a few years. But the cars have to be 25 years old before they can be imported. So i have 6 more years to go. Since the wangon I want would be an 88 or up.

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    wow. this was quite helpful. scratch that. amazingly so.

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