Hello everyone, just entered the market for my own car. I've been in love with the E34 and E30 since the first time I laid eyes on them and would be extremely ecstatic if I got my hands on one for my own.
After reading around, seems that these cars can be very dependable when taken care of, and that already got me jumping the gun lol. Being young and naive it took me awhile to realize that it can get quite pricey when it comes time to do the "take care" part.
That brings me to why I opened this topic, I'm asking for some input from you guys here before I really start looking. I'm interested in the E34 first and foremost. Considering the age of these cars already, I'm wondering if parts for them are already scarce or are they still readily available? I know that these cars didn't come with a lot of the more expensive electronic goodies that their successors did so that must help in terms of repair costs. Straight forward things I can tackle in my garage, so if parts aren't really that expensive it would be a huge plus.
Also, with the mileage that's usually found on cars of this age, what are some things I should for in terms of maintenance? There's probably quite a bit of stuff that should've been replaced already so just looking for things to ask for when/ if I find a potential car. Last thing I'd want is to find out is it's in need of several expensive fixes all around the same time.
Budget wise, what range would I be looking to pay for a decent- good condition E34? Preferably one towards the end of its generation. Is there any major price gaps between models with the M30,M50,M60? I'd lean towards the straight 6 but I wouldn't mind the V8. Also I'm perfectly fine with an auto transmission. Trying not to be picky as to keep my options more open. I know this probably isn't the best time of year to start looking but I'm hoping $4500 would get me something I can enjoy and hopefully keep running in pristine condition years down the road.
I guess best place to start is at kijiji so I think that's what I'll do, along with keeping a close eye to the 'BMW Cars For Sale' classifieds here of course
EDIT: Any major differences in the E30 and E34 market? Any more sought after or easier to find that the other? Just curious.