View Full Version : How much is this car worth?

02-09-2008, 04:53 PM
I'm looking at getting another e30 as posted here a few days ago.

I found a completely stock 1991 e30 318i (4 door) Alpine Weiss car.

The car is originally from Texas (imported by current owner 6 years ago) and doesn't have any rust issues (other then on the hood from a couple stone chips. Original factory paint on all body pannels. One of the fog lights is cracked.

It comes with two sets of wheels (steelies with winter tires and bottle caps with summer tires).

The dash has cracks on it (most likely due to heat down south).

The car is solid, no accidents, original paint, maintained by Budd's BMW at oakville ($$$).

Interior is grey cloth manual seats, with power windows (all work fine), manual sunroof (no leaks), heater works and blower works fine at all speed settings. All buttons/gauges are lit with the lights on. All the gauges on the cluster work.

Original factory radio/cassette deck (works without any issues) and the antenna mechanism works without any issues as well.

Car has OE projector headlights.

Engine (M42) runs smoothly and is very responsive. No idle issues, no sign of coolant/oil/power steering/vaccum leaks.

Transmission feels smoth, shifting through all gears with no engagement problems on the clutch.

Brakes are good too with lots of rotor life left.

Suspension is in good shape. No squeaks and rattles anywhere.

Car includes safety/certification and emissions (already passed emissions).

Car has 172,000 miles on it. Maintenance records for the past 6 years are present with the only major repair being a profile gasket 4 years ago done at Budd's (factory defect and common issue). New battery and new winter tires.

How much do you feel this example is worth given that its hard to find clean e30's these days???


02-09-2008, 05:40 PM
Good thing the seller got the profile gasket done.

also another m42 problem some people have is when the oil pan pick up falls off the the oil pump starts sucking in air


m42's are purdy kickass but when they start breaking they are $$$$

at 172000 miles i would start to think the timing chain may start getting a bit noisy but if you said it ran smooth and it was quiet its probably fine then. It probably has the newer m44 timing chain tensioner if it was serviced by BMW as well so it'll stay quiet for longer.

Do you have pictures?

Since its a 4-door i would say 3 - 4.5k since 4 doors aren't really as desirable as 2 doors. But pictures can always raise/lower that:)

02-09-2008, 06:27 PM
Thanks! Will check on the oil pickup and worst case is I'll take it appart and put some lock-tight on the bolts.

It also has a airbag steering wheel.

I don't have any high resolution pictures. Here are the only two that I have:




02-09-2008, 10:56 PM
Hmmmm...its got a pretty good ding up front in the valence. 3.5k tops for a rust-free E30 with service records and some dings.

02-14-2008, 01:45 AM
Thanks... Yeah I'm sure the front bumper dings are an easy fix.

Will most likely pick it up before the weekend.


02-14-2008, 01:51 AM
Nice! This is going to become your new track rat? or daily? either way it'll be fun building/driving because its an E30!

02-14-2008, 01:57 AM
For now a daily driver with auto-X potential.

But that is still to be determined. I think the Z3 has a bit too much power for the parking lot, so it will be more of a weekend warrior/track toy.


02-17-2008, 08:15 PM
its high miles, $1500 ballpark. on the plus side the e30 looks really sharp in weiss!

02-18-2008, 04:57 PM
Hey all -- I ended up buying this car! As stated above, it's quite solid and well-preserved. I will post some pics over the next few days.

02-18-2008, 07:22 PM
Sounds good, but the seller sounds like he/she shafted Tom...so thumbs down for that.*thmbsdwn*

02-18-2008, 07:31 PM
Hmm... The seller did not mention any other interested parties and he readily accepted my offer. My apologies to Tom if you had your heart set on this one!

02-18-2008, 11:04 PM
No big deal. Just something I didn't expect from the seller to turn around and sell it to someone else after I put down a deposit.

Very unprofessional and the least bit of common courtasy.