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The Question
11-15-2004, 07:41 PM
Used to be into civics, was looking to buy a 93-95 prelude but now am looking into E30's...more specifically the 325is. Here is a link
http://www.trader.ca/AutoPlace/Default.asp?Trader=1&CAT=1&mknm=688&Region=&adid=3919678&dContact=479756&VLot=/AutoPlace&ADS=3919678%7C&SRVlot=1&SRslts=1&q1=%3D+1&c1=%40category&q3=688&c3=%40makeid&q4=17353&c4=%40modelcode&q5=&c5=%40adcopy&q6=&c6=%40year&q7=&c7=%40askprice&q14=&c14=%40subcategory&mknm=688&mdnm=325IS&Region=&subcategory=&alpha=
tell me what you think, and let me know anything I should be aware of when buying one of these cars...General price, Possible engine probems to look for, Kilometers...Thanks in advance

Bmwstylz
11-15-2004, 07:52 PM
I've been there and i've gone back and forth (civics, integras vs bmw 3series) currently swinging into civic territory again :$

I would say the major 2 things to look out for on those cars is : 1) Rust 2) Timing belt - changed . If the car is rusted to shit forget about it, likewise if the timing belt isn't regularly changed your engine will blow-up. Oh and pricing... a lot of people ask sky-high prices for them... don't be fooled. you will see e30s as low as $1000 all the way up to $7000.... Depends what you want to pay.

have fun with your rearwheeldrive toy!

M50E30
11-15-2004, 07:56 PM
I'm getting married and need to sell my E30. :idea:

takeshi
11-15-2004, 08:03 PM
well I think i would have to ask you what you need this car for. for fun? or you actually NEED a car right, obviously I'm going to say honda's would be more reliable than an E30. Of course I like BMW's, but maybe it would turn out to be and endless money pit as opposed to purchasing a much newer japanese car. Those can be fun too!

The Question
11-15-2004, 08:21 PM
well my buddies dad has worked on bimmers a lot in the past....he owns an e30 M3, which is now my buddies and he used to have an 89 325is. So in terms of maintanence I think Im okay. I will for sure look for rust, timing belt replacement. Should I be fine with one over 200k? I would like to try to stay under 180K if possible. I could buy an mx6 for the same price with less km's, but wouldnt be as fun to drive. I am working with about 5-8000CDN. 8,000 being the very very most, and especially b.c I realize these cars do need tlc

Miguel
11-15-2004, 08:50 PM
for $8000 you better get a nicely done up E30 (see M50E30) or go with an E36.

///MsAniTy
11-15-2004, 09:38 PM
if you have 8k i would go with a nice e36 325 for sure check out the trader

AmaRu
11-15-2004, 09:49 PM
that was the e30 i was going to buy from VLS auto before i bought mine.. i drove it, its in very good condition, but its not worth $6300 about 3 months ago VLS auto had that car and was selling it for 5k flat.. but yea i dont really see to many 91 325's.. good luck with the search

Mystikal
11-15-2004, 10:33 PM
Funny. I looked at 92-96 Preludes and 2nd Gen MX-6's, both good cars. In the end, there's nothing like the feeling and capability of RWD, trust me on that one.

As for reliability, I really disagree when people say the Hondas are more reliable. Like everyone, I know many people with Civics/Integras, and they all service their cars just as much as I do. And the parts prices really aren't any different (if you stay away from the dealer). Also don't worry about timing belt, when you get the car replace it if you don't have concrete eveidence that it was done recently, and move on from there. No biggie.

My car has 294k on it now, and the repair bills for the past 65k (how long I've had it) are comparable to the last 65k of my sister's Integra or brother's Civic. Insurance quotes are also very similar.

Basic advice, get the best E30 you can afford (I see you're already on that path) and be ready to have a grand or two to really freshen it up right off the bat. Preventive maintenance is key in any high mileage car, keep on schedules and you'll avoid the big bills.

Good luck!

T.Dot_E30
11-15-2004, 10:40 PM
Mystikal said it nicely.

The reason some ppl chaim BMWs aren't as reliable, is bcus they have crappy mechanics, who charge alot bcus its a bmw.

These cars aren't anything special, its the same shit like everyother car i've worked on, jus put together nicely.

If you do repairs yourself i'd say diffinately get the e30. If not get a good mechanic (Charlie aka Bimmersport).

Jon@Bimmersport
11-15-2004, 11:54 PM
my bros E30 was a blast to drive, despite the repair bills...it felt a lot more better to drive than my cousins GSR civic...i felt more safer too...and i mean, RWD...thats enough right there lol.

GEEE$
11-16-2004, 09:45 AM
I'm getting married and need to sell my E30. :idea:


Dude...can you tell me some specs on your car?

Who did the work, when it was done, what specifically was done while doing the M50 conversion etc...

You can PM me if you'd like.


thanks, *th-up*


G$

Lee in Ottawa
11-16-2004, 09:59 AM
If your really into getting a e30 appossed to a e36 for the money your looking to pay you should check out Jeremy's car. Then you'd have the best of both worlds, e30 sytling and e36 M power!!!http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39160&highlight=jeremy (can't find post of actuall car this is just for the motor but u get the idea)
Or if you don't want to pay that much and want a really clean ride check out slys e30 forsale. http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43710 Both much better value than the one your looking at in my opinion.

The Question
11-16-2004, 10:44 AM
wow both cars are unbelievable. The only thing holding me back from seriously considering is that I need a car soon, and it is winter. How are they in the winter with RWD and all? My friend drove his in the winter, but I guess it depends on snowfall. Also, I would have to raise it back to stock height I assume. Throw some cheap winter tires on and Id be okay I guess.

kobim3r
11-16-2004, 10:59 AM
eb's ur lookin for an e30 n you didn't call me?

the one on the trader you posted isn't an 'is', im almost 100% positive we only got the 'is' here in canada up until 1990. They had 91 'is' in the states I beleive....can anyone confirm?

As for km's a well maintained e30 325 will go for 300 k easily

the ones with 160-180k are often the ones with the most problems (mechanically) because that is often the time alot of things go wrong in the car, many higher mileage cars have already had alot of parts replaced, just something to think about

Mystikal
11-16-2004, 12:00 PM
wow both cars are unbelievable. The only thing holding me back from seriously considering is that I need a car soon, and it is winter. How are they in the winter with RWD and all? My friend drove his in the winter, but I guess it depends on snowfall. Also, I would have to raise it back to stock height I assume. Throw some cheap winter tires on and Id be okay I guess.

If you get an "iS" model with LSD and invest in some good winter tires you'll be fine.

Mystikal
11-16-2004, 12:01 PM
the one on the trader you posted isn't an 'is', im almost 100% positive we only got the 'is' here in canada up until 1990. They had 91 'is' in the states I beleive....can anyone confirm?

Other way around. We got 1991 325iS', and they didn't. Well it was basically the same car down there, just a 325i with Sport Package.

chromius
11-16-2004, 12:02 PM
How are they in the winter with RWD and all?

Fun! :)

everlast
11-16-2004, 12:21 PM
Get Slys car.. man THAT THING IS HOT.

Get some winters for it on 4 bottlecaps (thats what we call the 14" factory aluminum rims) and a fat speakerbox in the trunk for sound / weight, and winter driving is more fun than a merry-go-round.

AmaRu
11-16-2004, 05:37 PM
the one on the trader you posted isn't an 'is', im almost 100% positive we only got the 'is' here in canada up until 1990. They had 91 'is' in the states I beleive....can anyone confirm?

That is an actual 91.. i almost bought that car and seen all the papers

Bmwstylz
11-16-2004, 07:22 PM
I didn't know your budget was so high! Forget an e30 ... 8 grand will get you a clean stock 94-95 e36 coupe!!! Both the 318is and the 325is are a blast to drive... and a lot more sophisticated / solid than the e30.

as for winter driving it, I ran my 95 318is on hakkas last winter and it was too much fun :oP swing the ass wide when you want, or keep it controlled.

that said.. i'm on trader.ca now and Theres a 1995 M3 for $14,500!!!! WTFFFF ****K i wish i had the money.. i love how e36 m3s depreciate so low

anyhow... what you really want ot buy is my classic 7 series ;o) hehe