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ay3
07-28-2012, 01:18 AM
hello, i need your help in choosing a fun and somewhat reliable older BMW. Many years ago my family had an 89' E30 325i and I enjoyed driving it. Many years later and much older i am, now looking to reduce my TTC usage for work and begin driving to ease the commute stress that i face, but at this time, I would rather not settle for the typical civic, corolla and/or tercel which are great. I am very specific to what I'd prefer having, a much older BMW (preference to coupes but open to sedans) with manual transmission and a sunroof.

Engine wise, I am not too keen on speed, horsepower, nor on color, any will do. I enjoy the day-to-day city driving so having a solid working car is key. 4cyl vs. 6 cyl doesn't matter to me unless there's a reliability benefit. I'm posting here to make sure that I reduce the high risks involved in buying a generally more expensive car to maintain, drive and repair.

With this budget, I'm hoping that I would be able to potentially score a well maintained E30 with minimal or semi-major repairs.

car Budget: $1500
1st set of repairs budget: $1000

my car budget above includes e-testing and certification
Is it realistic the budget that i set? If not, what would you recommend?

Ceeker
07-28-2012, 09:03 AM
honestly...no it isn't. First off finding one is certified cond for that price won't be happening. after 20+ years every e30 needs some TLC. 1500.00 will get you a so so car that will need some fixing up. maybe brakes, exhaust, control arms. a/c in most cases won't be working - not that it matters. you will in most cases find rust repair required. if it's 5sp make sure the shift linkage isn't worn or the clutch isn't worn.
your repair budget would cover a the clutch repair.

I'd say realistically 3000-4000 for a decent well maintained car. coupe that is. some can easily go for more 5-7k range and still higher with mods. Sedans are cheaper unless it is a 325IX all wheel drive.

you won't be "scoring" anything for that price that requires little to no maintenance. look on Kiijiji.

Last thing, most of them are either butchered now days or semi pimped out. I saw an 87-325 IS auto for 2500.00 just today. 5sp more $$.

GLW search.

ay3
07-28-2012, 11:47 AM
I really appreciate your response, thank you. I think I might just hold off and save a bit more. I would much rather an 89+ or much preferably a manual E36 coupe with a sunroof. I'm guessing I'd realistically need around $10 000

Ceeker
07-28-2012, 01:24 PM
I really appreciate your response, thank you. I think I might just hold off and save a bit more. I would much rather an 89+ or much preferably a manual E36 coupe with a sunroof. I'm guessing I'd realistically need around $10 000

if you're looking at an e36 coupe; don't get an early model preferably. anything after 94 up. take a look at the early e36's they are selling for less then e30's. why ? because the first gen e36 had poor quality control and they are disposable. they were not made with the same standard or integrity as the e30's. that is why you still see them on the road driving. Nothing stands up to the e30 today..not even a new bmw as far as reliability and quality, workmanship. some might argue this but I know people who work for bmw and they've been there a VERY long time.

tigster
07-30-2012, 01:33 PM
If you can come up with $3000, I have a very nice 95 325i 5 speed sedan, leather sunroof, loaded. It is currently my daily driver and is a turn key and go. needs nothing, many new parts.

You can see the car in this thread, price does not include the wheels pictured.

If you want more details, you can contact me

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=152124

ay3
07-30-2012, 04:37 PM
thanks a lot Ceeker for your feedback! I'm planning to go see tigster's e36.