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4rephill

1,999 posts

63 months

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Saturday 2nd April 2011 quote quote all
jake15919 said:
Rear inner arches that come away in your hand and a boot full of water. The joys of buying E30s.

Chuck in blocked sunroof drain pipes and a rotting windscreen valence and you have the full set. smile

I love E30s.
Had an '89 325i sport that ended up with rot in the rear arches, in the roof due to the blocked drain pipes and the inner and outer sills happily rotted away beneath the bodykits sill covers!. It passed the MOT okay though because the small section that the MOT inspector could see was the only solid bit on both sides and they're not allowed to remove the covers! eek .

The final nail in it's coffin was the LSD deciding it no longer wanted to be part of the car and partially detaching itself whilst tanking down a motorway late one night with loads of sparks and a lot of noise! yikes . (To be fair, she did still get Me home at greatly reduced speed).

I absolutely loved that car!, 8 years of entertaining drives, just so chuckable through the twisty stuff, so well balanced and light enough to worry a lot of cars that were really out of her league (on the right kind of road). Sadly the restoration bill was so excessive she had to go!. weeping

Still miss her to this day! (I've got an E36 328i sport now, but it's no where near as entertaining!).

BarnatosGhost

7,775 posts

138 months

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me01mp said:
BarnatosGhost said:
The steering is indeed too slow. The next thing on the list (had we been keeping it) was a Z3 rack.
I concur.. The last time I saw full lock in action was on an airfield in North Wield with BG piloting, a lot of flappy hand movements, I number of indicators on and off and a rather disturbed rear view mirror... I'll give him benefit of the doubt and place all blame on the rack eh... wink
Yes, well, my over-steer technique has been described by a certain golf fan as being like an octopus falling out of a tree.

If there's violent action inside the car, expect a matching reaction outside the car...



RobertDB7V12

51 posts

49 months

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Saturday 2nd April 2011 quote quote all
Riggers said:
whence came the Reliant Scimitar from last week!

I'd kill to find an Austin Ambassador or princess etc, but they seem to be as rare as a hen-dentist finding work. If anybody spots some promising-looking flaky BL metal, do drop us an e-mail with the link.... smile
One of my clients has an Ambassador, bought it at the classic car auction at Henstridge a year or two ago, he tells me it has no rust and was under £1k. Not verified either statement but I have seen it from afar & it is BL beige!

Also saw a Maxi at the filling station yesterday, but that did have duct tape door bottoms.

They are out there...

80quattro

1,376 posts

80 months

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Saturday 2nd April 2011 quote quote all
Here's my 325i 'coupe' hehe with sports leather, mtec suspension and lsd. I've done 9,000 miles in my car in the last year, with a good dash of sideways, and numerous trips to Santa Pod, taking it upto 159k and counting. Its not skipped a beat so far, fantastic car. Top shed cool


Rhino

44 posts

137 months

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Sunday 3rd April 2011 quote quote all
BarnatosGhost said:
me01mp said:
BarnatosGhost said:
The steering is indeed too slow. The next thing on the list (had we been keeping it) was a Z3 rack.
I concur.. The last time I saw full lock in action was on an airfield in North Wield with BG piloting, a lot of flappy hand movements, I number of indicators on and off and a rather disturbed rear view mirror... I'll give him benefit of the doubt and place all blame on the rack eh... wink
Yes, well, my over-steer technique has been described by a certain golf fan as being like an octopus falling out of a tree.

If there's violent action inside the car, expect a matching reaction outside the car...
No comment on the over steer technique.

It good to see you finally doing something with this then, I remember being taken round the Ring in this by BG, but it was before it was track prepared

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Pingman

380 posts

86 months

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Tuesday 5th April 2011 quote quote all
Anyone bought this yet?

I'm genuinely tempted! redface

Evo

3,370 posts

139 months

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Tuesday 5th April 2011 quote quote all
I was wondering the same thing.

pSyCoSiS

1,867 posts

90 months

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Wednesday 6th April 2011 quote quote all
Guys, hopefully picking this up Wednesday evening.

Have been liaising with the owner ever since I saw the SOTW article, and I must say that he is a top bloke. Down to earth, and someone who appreciates how these German cars were built in the 80s.

Sounds like the sort of bloke I would enjoy consuming a pint with, chatting about old W126 SELs and E34 M5s.

Looking forward to driving it. I must admit, however, I am a little nervous about how it might handle. I know from experience that the E30 325s are lairy cars as standard, and this one is fully stripped!!

And to all those who have posted negative, pointless comments - Try getting another road legal RWD car, that has been modified like this one, for this sort of money and is built properly, with this amount of character and style.

Will keep you all posted of the progress.

kiwifraser

4,380 posts

79 months

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Wednesday 6th April 2011 quote quote all
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Definitely keep us posted!

legalknievel

215 posts

82 months

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Wednesday 6th April 2011 quote quote all
pSyCoSiS said:
And to all those who have posted negative, pointless comments - Try getting another road legal RWD car, that has been modified like this one, for this sort of money and is built properly, with this amount of character and style.
Amen to that! Up the shed!

pSyCoSiS

1,867 posts

90 months

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Thursday 7th April 2011 quote quote all
All..

I PICKED THIS UP LAST NIGHT !! smile

Absolutely stunning car. No issues whatsoever on the 120 mile drive back. The car did not skip a beat. Everything works, and it feels so tight and well put together.

Turns out that the car has been converted by a group of Bentley engineers, hence why it is so well finished!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his time, patience and genuine honesty.

For the asking price, he put on a new battery, found the service history and told me it actually has MOT until August, and not June!

The car is so raw and so purposeful.

I had a nice drive back from Stoke, to Milton Keynes, going via the A50, and other, smaller roads.

One road in particular that I found quite challenging - "A52 Painters Lane" - anyone know it? It was single track most of the way, surrounded by hedges, so it felt surreal roaring through in that E30 - I felt like a rally driver!

Gear changes are rapid, and the car pulls well in every gear.

Looking forward to having fun in it over the summer.

Best Wishes.

Evo

3,370 posts

139 months

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Thursday 7th April 2011 quote quote all
For all the doubters in this thread I'm very happy to read the last post.

Top shedding, looks like you got a proper bargain. I'm being convinced to buy an E30 from a friend that races one in the PBMWC, still fancy an E36 328i but hopefully it won't be too long before I have one or the other.


pSyCoSiS

1,867 posts

90 months

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Thursday 7th April 2011 quote quote all
Evo said:
For all the doubters in this thread I'm very happy to read the last post.

Top shedding, looks like you got a proper bargain. I'm being convinced to buy an E30 from a friend that races one in the PBMWC, still fancy an E36 328i but hopefully it won't be too long before I have one or the other.
Do it mate! The 328i will be quicker, but the E30s just have that "rawness" about them, and feel like more of a track weapon.

Either one you go for, you won't regret it.

I am still smiling from ear-to-ear thinking about the drive last night!

Evo

3,370 posts

139 months

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Thursday 7th April 2011 quote quote all
Re grinning from ear to ear,

How many £800 pound cars could you do that in, not many is my guess.

BarnatosGhost

7,775 posts

138 months

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Friday 8th April 2011 quote quote all
Well, it was very nice to meet and deal with pSyCoSiS. A very keen car-guy (look at his garage!) and a gentleman.

We're all very sad to see the car go but we just weren't doing enough with it and I'm glad it's found a suitably enthusiastic home.

Hopefully this won't be the last we'll see of it - I've encouraged the new owner to keep this thread posted with their adventures.


Pingman

380 posts

86 months

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Tuesday 5th July 2011 quote quote all
BarnatosGhost said:
Well, it was very nice to meet and deal with pSyCoSiS. A very keen car-guy (look at his garage!) and a gentleman.

We're all very sad to see the car go but we just weren't doing enough with it and I'm glad it's found a suitably enthusiastic home.

Hopefully this won't be the last we'll see of it - I've encouraged the new owner to keep this thread posted with their adventures.
I'd like to read that too smile

Riggers

1,851 posts

63 months

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Wednesday 6th July 2011 quote quote all
Pingman said:
BarnatosGhost said:
Well, it was very nice to meet and deal with pSyCoSiS. A very keen car-guy (look at his garage!) and a gentleman.

We're all very sad to see the car go but we just weren't doing enough with it and I'm glad it's found a suitably enthusiastic home.

Hopefully this won't be the last we'll see of it - I've encouraged the new owner to keep this thread posted with their adventures.
I'd like to read that too smile
pSyCoSiS! You out there? shout

Ozzie Osmond

16,193 posts

131 months

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Wednesday 6th July 2011 quote quote all
IIRC the secret of driving the 325i is to make sure you arrive at your destination the right way around. The rear of the car was often more enthusiastic to complete the journey than the front and would make manful attempts to overtake..... driving

Ozzie Osmond

16,193 posts

131 months

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Wednesday 6th July 2011 quote quote all
BarnatosGhost said:
My over-steer technique has been described as like an octopus falling out of a tree.
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