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Old 10-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for insight.

Hey all,

Long time E30 lover and current VW owner. Currently drive an MK6 GTI as my daily/only car and looking into getting a second car as a weekend/winter project/fun car to have something to work on in my spare time.

I came across this E30 on Kijiji the other day and looking for some insight to what E30 guru's think. I've briefly read the "What to look for when buying an E30" guide but I am still a newbie when it comes to this car and BMW's in general.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ528597729
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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For me, at that price, it's a pass.

The modifications suck (but that's subjective) and it has metal bumpers (I hate them). Unless he has recipts for that work that he says was done, don't believe him. I'd also be wary of dealing with anyone that can't properly type an ad. I know I make spelling mistakes but that was just sad.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:36 PM   #3
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I'd be worried too...looks a bit like a boy racer job, especially with all that audio gear. As Roysneon said, it needs work receipts, and I would take a very, very careful look under the car. Rust is evidently a big issue if present, but I wouldn't be surprised if the car was run hard and put away wet. If you do go see it, make sure to check all bushings, bearings, etc. A worn one could have dire consequences for associated parts (ex. centre support bearing on driveshaft, diff and tranny--ask me how I know!)
'87s are good b/c no e-test, although I also hate metal bumpers I have 2 with them and I've learned to deal with it. It may look better with a proper valance--make sure you check out the front, as it's too dark in those pics to see.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #4
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Ah, nevermind, it looks to have a front plastic bumper conversion. Weird that they should do only one end...might have been in a crash--definitely check the front thoroughly.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tips and insight guys, always good to know these little details when researching potential projects. I think I'm gonna move in from this one and see if something else pops up over the winter.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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Weird that they should do only one end...might have been in a crash--definitely check the front thoroughly.
I've seen more than one car with only the front end converted. Part of the reason for that is putting the front end on is pretty straight forward, but to do the rear end you need to weld on the valance from the late model car which a lot of people don't know how or don't want to do.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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I've seen more than one car with only the front end converted. Part of the reason for that is putting the front end on is pretty straight forward, but to do the rear end you need to weld on the valance from the late model car which a lot of people don't know how or don't want to do.
Learn something new every day...is that also an issue on 88 cars?
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Learn something new every day...is that also an issue on 88 cars?
The plastics are pretty much a direct swap on the 88's

Pre 88 this is what you have to do just to get the bumper to fit
http://www.r3vlimited.com/Tech/bumper2.htm
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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The issue with '87 and older cars (high rear wheel arches) and plastic bumpers is that the rear bumper needs to be shortened by an inch or so. Need fibreglass, bondo and paint skill to pull it off. As Steve said, front is a direct swap.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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I have an 87 with a plastic bumper swap (front/back). Don't have the late rear valance though. It looks fine because my car is pretty low, but if it wasn't it'd look like there was something missing for sure.

Gotta get me a new rub strip for the rear though. The clips are all busted on one side.
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