View Full Version : E36 or e30

01-26-2009, 11:41 PM
Looking to buy,buthaving problem, can't decide which one to get
What do you guys thing I should get, e36 325i or e30 325is

01-26-2009, 11:42 PM
get an e36 328 and buy mine haha
asking 5500 for details check my other threads

craz azn
01-26-2009, 11:44 PM
What do you want it for? A DIY project? driver/track car? cruiser?? Daily? All these variables help determine what car would suit your needs.

El Gato Liso
01-26-2009, 11:44 PM
obviously you should get the E

01-27-2009, 02:46 AM
What do you like square boxey or smooth roundedd....

You need to decide for yourself, its not gonna make a diference to anyone but you.

01-27-2009, 03:13 AM
e30 is a lighter smaller car, if you get a loaded one you will be stoked about the options like sport seats, which are a wicked seat, and unless you buy an e36 M the e36 seats don't compare in my books.

They are however older, harder to find in really clean shape, and more likely to have rust i think.


01-27-2009, 04:58 AM
The E30 has a stronger frame too, and Steven is right about the seats.

01-27-2009, 08:03 AM
I prefer the "feel" of a well sorted e30 to my e36 M3 (which admittedly isn't sorted yet :) ). The e30 is simply more tossable, and I like the upright position and wide open greenhouse.
It is NOT easy to find a clean, well maintained, rust-free e30, and my wife and I hope to pick one up "someday" in the southern states, with the intention of an M5x swap. It IS relatively easy to find a clean e36, depending on your budget. Either car can nickel and dime you to death if they haven't been maintained, but both offer a great driving experience in their own right.


01-27-2009, 05:01 PM
^^i disagree, although my e36 is definatly more "sorted" than my e30.

Either way, they're similar, and yet surprisingly different cars, quite a different feel.

For DD, i definatly prefer the e36.

01-27-2009, 05:36 PM
^^ is Boots banned?
haven't seen him postin up a storm lately haha

01-27-2009, 06:45 PM
it's dd and there is one on kijiji,dont to how to post a link but it's the black one for 2000 have'nt seen the car in person but it say's the it's in mint condition

01-27-2009, 07:22 PM
I should add that I MUCH prefer the steering feel (and ratio) of the e36, though that's easy enough to "fix" on the e30. Fuel economy is generally better on the e36, and the motor is (IMHO) much, much nicer. I prefer the shift feel on the getrag in my e30 to the ZF on the E36, but again, I have some sorting to do. (5th gear lean when cold)

It's hard to over look the fact that the E36 can be found 7 years newer....


01-27-2009, 11:46 PM
i like the old school look of the e30 but like everybody said,it's hard to find one in good condition, same with e36,anyways i'll go with e36,now which one is reliable,318/320/325,i or is thanks for the input guy's

01-27-2009, 11:54 PM
it's dd and there is one on kijiji,dont to how to post a link but it's the black one for 2000 have'nt seen the car in person but it say's the it's in mint condition

If this is the car you are talking about... http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-cars-BMW-bmw-325-W0QQAdIdZ102493473

All it has is semi nice paint and its lowered, but it does come with documeted history :D

Take a look my friend, http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111403&page=3

It does have various electrical problems, and some small holes in the floor. Its good if you're looking for a project.

01-27-2009, 11:57 PM
E36 for daily driving, E30 for track or just a nice cruise.

01-28-2009, 12:04 AM
LOL that's my old car... you don't want that car unless you have a plasma cutter and a welder. Low beams and fogs didn't work, but otherwise everything else worked.

e36 for DD purposes, comfortable plenty quick for passing those enraged soccer moms and plenty of aftermarket support to make it "cute"

01-28-2009, 12:23 AM
one more question,let say i get 87 will i get to use 89-91 front and rear bumper's and that's true dan and that's the other thing i'm afraid of

01-28-2009, 12:27 AM
no that wont work with out modification. if you want to use the newer bumpers your best off buying a car with them already, or an 88 e30 since they are the only year with diving boards that can be converted just but changing the bumpers/rebars/shocks.


01-28-2009, 12:27 AM
The front plastic bumper will fit, but the rear requires some modification. All the info is here http://www.r3vlimited.com/tech/bumper/bumper1.htm

01-28-2009, 03:50 PM
328 is good

01-28-2009, 10:52 PM
ok i'm getting 89 e34 2.5,325isstephen,that rim's on your avatar,does it come with 5 bolts too and 16 ",for the e34 hehe

01-28-2009, 11:40 PM
I've had both. I had my e30 325e for about 2.5 years and now I'm on my E36 328i cully converted to a 98 M3. Honest truth They both feel very different and I had very different driving experiences. Maybe it comes down to the e30 was my toy. I never hesitated to drop the clutch bang that gear cook the tires. I also fixed everything myself in my garage ( rear subframe, front crossmember, blue fabric to bleakc leather recaro sport interior, and tons of other stupid things). Where as now witith the vert. It looks 10X better then the e30 much quicker. Everything has been done properly on it, coilovers instead of chopping the springs like i had in the e30. lol!

Honestly man, if your looking for a fun little car, which you dont want to be affraid to work on get an e30! If you prefer a newer bimmer, with quite a few aftermarket accessories fairly easy to maintain. get and e36.


02-08-2009, 08:59 PM
so i end up with 94 318,the car run's but after it wont start,it want's to start but it wont go,is like the tb wont give air or gas to go,what do you guy's think is doing it,thanks