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elroy
10-26-2009, 10:41 PM
just did a search on kijiji for e30's, well mainly 1988, but came up with a few. I know i'll have to go look at overall body and what not but just a few questions before

This one says it needs gas line replaced. Is that a hard fix to do? http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-cars-1988-BMW-3-Series-325i-Sedan-W0QQAdIdZ159912188

This one doesn't post any problems except for the hole under the feet which i should be able to fix with a little researching.
http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-cars-1988-BMW-325i-Great-Condition-FIRST-700-TAKES-IT-W0QQAdIdZ163558187

other than visual stuff, what else should i keep in mind. i have read the sticky for "buying a e30" but just wondering if theres any things wrong with this specific year's model and engine

thanks

supernaught
10-26-2009, 10:51 PM
88's are mostly not much different from 89-91s. But as far as those ads go, you will be staring at a lot of rust, especially when you need to fix something. The fuel lines are not easy to do, they run from on top of the tank and snake up towards the engine bay. Expect that they might have charging/drain issues if the battery is newly replaced.
Lots of miles, lots of rust, might be hard to get insured. Lots of miles, lots of quirks and lots of rust. Good luck though, e30s are the shit when they're not pissing you off.
Maybe save a few more $$ and look for something in better condition.

njansenv
10-27-2009, 09:02 AM
Buy the best one you can afford, these cars (like most) can nickel and dime you to death if you're not careful, but are rewarding when sorted.

Nathan

325ixE30
10-27-2009, 09:27 AM
^ True. Sometimes a really good "deal" is the worst. Think of what you ultimately want first.

- Plastic bumpers
- No rust
- Lowered suspension

Just those three alone can run in the THOUSANDS!

johnnynapalm
10-27-2009, 03:30 PM
don't know what your budget is, but mine is for sale...

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124632

elroy
10-27-2009, 08:43 PM
88's are mostly not much different from 89-91s. But as far as those ads go, you will be staring at a lot of rust, especially when you need to fix something. The fuel lines are not easy to do, they run from on top of the tank and snake up towards the engine bay. Expect that they might have charging/drain issues if the battery is newly replaced.
Lots of miles, lots of rust, might be hard to get insured. Lots of miles, lots of quirks and lots of rust. Good luck though, e30s are the shit when they're not pissing you off.
Maybe save a few more $$ and look for something in better condition.

hmm didnt think of the draining issue but thanks for the heads up. I would expect a bit of rust on the bottom considering its been sitting for a year outside. Im trying to set myself to only spend $1000-$1200 max. i dont mind putting in the time to do body work and what not, gives me something to do in the winter. reasonable price range?

ramdmc
10-28-2009, 12:00 AM
I'm selling a 90 325i that's pretty much rust free.
http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126314
I'm flexible, PM me and I'll let you know what my lowest price is. I hate to do this but I have a MkI Scirocco that has dibs on my garage. I bought the car on a whim, or rather know how scarce a rust free e30 is around these parts. I'm in Peterborough so can take pics of anything you like before you come up this way.
Stock, no mods.
RC