View Full Version : FS/FT: 1991 318iC

03-20-2010, 11:12 PM
As the title says, I'm considering trading/selling my '91 E30 318i convertible. I bought this car in December of 2008 with about 202,000 km on it, now at 217,xxx. It's black on tan vinyl with a tan softtop and black hardtop. Has a good running M42 and 5-spd manual. Currently on stock bottlecaps with 185/70R14 Michelin X-ice winters, will also come with 15" Racing Dynamics wheels with new summer tires (probably 195/60R15, but I haven't bought them yet).

Good stuff:
- Short shift kit (bought from richie_s999)
- Lowered on E30 M3 springs
- H1/H4 headlights
- Euro grills
- Clear front turn signals and smoked sidemarkers
- M-tech 1 steering wheel
- Heated sport seats (heat works)
- 4.27 LSD (stock)
- Sony stereo with iPod connector
- Volvo lip
- rear headrests

Stuff I've fixed/replaced:
@ 202,000 ish kms
- new e-brake hardware
- all new transmission seals, shifter bushings, and mounts
- new driveshaft centre bearing
- new diff seals and oil
- new trailing arm bushings
- new rear sway links
- new tie rods (right inner and both sides outer)
- new front sway bar links and bushings
- new front control arm bushings
- intake manifold and valve cover painted black, ridges sanded to aluminum
- new rear crank seal
- new thermostat
- new timing chain tensioner
- new upper & lower oil pan gaskets
- new oil filter housing gasket
- new valve cover gasket
- rebuilt rear calipers
- throttle body heater delete (as per this thread -> http://www.m42club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2742 )
- new fuel filter
- oil & filter change
- new coolant (BMW blue)
- gas tank repaired (lines above tank were rusty)
- fabricated new rear exhaust hangers

@205,000 kms
- oil & filter change

@210,000 kms
- new rear pads and rotors, handbrake adjusted
- oil & filter change

@215,000 kms
- oil & filter change

@216,000 kms
- new fuel pump

@217.xxx kms (I'll be installing shortly)
- OBC temp sensor

Things that need work:
- Rear window is falling out of soft top - might be fixable, but top should probably be replaced
- Hardtop has no headliner - could be fixed but I've been driving with it as is
- Paint isn't great - looks good from 5-10 feet but up close has some scratches, dings, etc
- A couple of spots on the body have some rust/rot - under the rear valence on both sides are the worst spots
- Sport seats don't hold their recline adjustment very well - ratchet mechanisms are worn, fairly easy fix I think
- Rear seat is starting to split at the top of the centre seam
- M-tech wheel is a bit worn - I'm going to see if I can clean it up a bit

Spare parts I have:
- 3 oil filters
- new diff mount
- blower motor resistor
- front crank seal
- oil dipstick seal
- original side markers
- original turn signal lenses
- air filter
- 4 new NGK spark plugs
- various spare bulbs
- 1 new tie rod end
- 5-spd transmission, disassembled, needs new input shaft bearing
- 4-piston RX-7 calipers (can be fit as a cheap front BBK -> see http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=156573 for a place to buy brackets, rotors, and fittings)
- possibly some other stuff I can't remember at the moment

I'm not _really_ looking to sell at this point, more interested in trading for an E34 or E39 (preferably a Touring but might consider a sedan) or a 2000-2004 Jetta or Golf TDI. If I were to sell I'd be looking for offers in the $5200 ballpark, including new summer tires, cert, and e-tested, or $4800 without the new tires. For a trade I would be hoping for something of similar value and I also might be willing to add some cash on top of a trade for the right car. The car is in Ottawa normally but I am in Toronto fairly often so I could meet someone there as well.

PM or email me at mckay.paul.d AT gmail.com if you have anything to trade or you're interested in making an offer.

I've attached some pics, and tons more are also available by email.


03-23-2010, 09:05 AM
Bump. Bought new summer tires for it - 195/60R15 Bridgestone Turanza EL400, so the cash price now is $5200 obo cert and e-tested.

03-23-2010, 10:35 AM
Hey let me know if you're in the toronto region sometime this weekend, I'd like to check this out. THanks

03-23-2010, 01:58 PM
Not sure at the moment when I'll be down again... I'll post here when I know.

03-27-2010, 11:18 PM
I'm in the Toronto area for tomorrow and part of Monday if anyone wants to check out the car. I'll be heading back to Ottawa Monday evening.

04-17-2010, 03:19 PM
Bump - now at 221,500 kms, still running great. New maintenance since last update:

- Right front wheel bearing replaced (new SKF bearing) at 219,110 kms
- Oil change at 220,000 kms

New asking price: $5000 obo, cert & e-tested.


04-20-2010, 11:17 AM
Bump. Car passed the e-test this morning, so it's good to go for a year (two years if you get a 2-year sticker).

04-22-2010, 04:52 PM
Bump. Weather's getting warm!

04-25-2010, 08:56 PM
Bump - I will be in the Toronto area all this week if anyone wants to check it out.

04-29-2010, 10:21 AM
Convertible weather is fast approaching!

05-24-2010, 09:21 PM
Bump, back up for sale...

Now at 226,000 kms, Mustang GT muffler installed (sounds and looks awesome).

Asking $5000 obo.

05-25-2010, 01:06 AM
hey i have a 1994 mazda miata are u interested in a trade?

05-25-2010, 10:53 AM
Thanks for the offer but not really interested in trading for another convertible. If I was looking to keep a vert I'd just hold on to this one!

05-30-2010, 09:36 PM
Bump. New price - $4500 firm.

06-01-2010, 08:20 PM
Also open to trades for something newer (prefer 2000+), good on gas, and auto. Looking to get something for my GF to drive.

06-09-2010, 07:14 PM
Bump. More pics posted:


I'll be down in TO this weekend and early next week - if anyone wants to see the car I can bring it but I'd need to know before tomorrow afternoon.

06-15-2010, 08:58 AM
Bump. Will consider all reasonable offers.

Also willing to add cash on top for the right trade - a nice 04-05 Civic or something similar.

07-01-2010, 03:31 PM