Originally Posted by Brent
If you haven't already, check out the sticky thread for "Buying an E30(Checklist)" near the top of the e30 threads. It's full of good information.
My own extra 2 cents-check the brake lines and fuel lines for rust-its about $300 per line if they go, and there's 3. Also, most people don't like to do them themselves as there are a lot of bends.
Good luck! They're great cars, but sometimes repair costs can creep up, so be careful at the beginning and stay clear if you see too many obvious problems.
You can replace them with fuel hose and just make brackets, that way less bends ect in tight spaces. It takes a day to do all 4 brakes, if you have the flare/buddle tool and can take even less time if you know what your doing. Doing cost much and then you know you have solid brakes yourself because you did them. The only thing I would be concerned about is the fuel line above the tank that runs to the pump. Doing that is a ***** but can be done with some smart thinking with the fuel hose and going to the steel pipe. Also the front frame of the car would be another good place to check. Solid frame is always a plus with older cars, you'll notice people post picks of nissans and stuff like that with some rust on the frame rails. Just make sure there's minimul engine work and tranny work. If your decent at body work you know it doesn't cost much to get some sheet metal or just replace other things. Running into Cam issues and Timing belt issues ect can cost you fortune and not to mention a tow home.