E30 M3 prices

E30 M3 prices

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RichardM5

1,524 posts

98 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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E30M3SE said:
I thought that car looked like it could be a real rust bucket.

TheAngryDog

10,629 posts

171 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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Petrolism said:
Mine. Rust free EU model, been in Japan since new. Paid something like the equivalent of £6000 for it in 2004, just after it had a stunning repaint.
Nobody really wanted them back then but I'd always wanted one since they were new and I was a studen...

Spent about 3 times that on an engine rebuild with forged rods, slipper pistons, 284 cams, Vipec ECU & custom engine harness, Carbon Diff, Brembo brakes. etc.

Still have it today:



That looks lovely!

RichardM5 said:
I thought that car looked like it could be a real rust bucket.
100%. Some of those underneath shots do not make for good viewing, especially on one of the sills that has flakey rust where it joins the car.

S1KRR

12,548 posts

174 months

Friday 19th June 2020
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RichardM5 said:
I thought that car looked like it could be a real rust bucket.
Its going to need some sills at the very least. Probably better to do the whole floor




What worries me more is that it appears to have lived at the seaside. Every suspension part is corroded!




That poor diff casing! laugh

I also HATE that the dash was changed! Just makes my teeth itch that people bother! It's not hard to live with a KM dash!

On the plus side, its probably worth restoring. As it's got a lot of history. If it goes near it's upper estimate of £70K it makes a resto less plausible

Mariachi

47 posts

59 months

Thursday 2nd July 2020
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Hi, fellow M3 owners.
Maybe you could help me make my mind up about my car.
I own a beautiful lachssilber m3, that has been restored to a very high standard, and I have finally got the car to where I want it in terms of drive and looks. But for some reason I am hankering after a 718 boxster s. I feel in some ways if I had the boxster, I'd maybe use it more being a more modern car. But then on the flip side, the E30 is just so special in terms of driver feel and looks. Shall I just t Bury these ideas to a corner of my mind or sell the m3 and try not to look back?
Have any of you done simular and regretted it?

BFleming

2,674 posts

105 months

Thursday 2nd July 2020
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S1KRR said:
I also HATE that the dash was changed! Just makes my teeth itch that people bother! It's not hard to live with a KM dash!
It's one of those allegedly grey areas. The handbook for IVAs specifically says:
A speedometer must be capable of indicating the vehicle speed in miles per hour (mph) at uniform intervals not exceeding 20mph for all speeds up to the maximum design speed of the vehicle.
But there are varying experiences of this online, with most IVA/SVA inspectors not caring about mph or kph, but some occasionally flagging it.
Personally I changed my instruments on my E36 when I moved from Germany to the UK. Seems when you import a car from the EU, checks are minimal/non-existant outside a MOT these days, and they don't care about mph/kph.

1602Mark

14,464 posts

135 months

Thursday 2nd July 2020
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Mariachi said:
Hi, fellow M3 owners.
Maybe you could help me make my mind up about my car.
I own a beautiful lachssilber m3, that has been restored to a very high standard, and I have finally got the car to where I want it in terms of drive and looks. But for some reason I am hankering after a 718 boxster s. I feel in some ways if I had the boxster, I'd maybe use it more being a more modern car. But then on the flip side, the E30 is just so special in terms of driver feel and looks. Shall I just t Bury these ideas to a corner of my mind or sell the m3 and try not to look back?
Have any of you done simular and regretted it?
I've never regretted selling any car more than I do my old E30 M3. Had I been able to hang on another month, I would have had my new job and been able to keep it. Unfortunately I know I'll most likely never own another unless I win the Lotto or someone buys me one. Any takers?

I'm sure a Boxster would be very nice but no way I'd take one over an E30 M3. Especially not one I had spent time and money on.

Mariachi

47 posts

59 months

Thursday 2nd July 2020
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Hindsights a funny thing. You are right in saying that you end up with a special bond when you spend lots of time getting a car where you want it. But you only live once, and at the same time, it's nice to sample new machinery.

surgical

93 posts

33 months

Friday 3rd July 2020
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E30M3SE said:
I went to have a ride in this car today. Lovely car. it drives tight. Amspeed have been taking care of it. Generally looks good.Interior is nice, still feels fresh. There is rust on the jacking area passenger side which would need attention but otherwise it was a good example

stevesingo

4,304 posts

184 months

Friday 3rd July 2020
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Thing is, it is not a jacking area. The problem is, idiots jack the car in this (wrong) place and damage the coatings.

I'd look in to what front springs are fitted. Seems to sit a little high at the front to me.



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Bayerische

234 posts

123 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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surgical said:
I went to have a ride in this car today. Lovely car. it drives tight. Amspeed have been taking care of it. Generally looks good.Interior is nice, still feels fresh. There is rust on the jacking area passenger side which would need attention but otherwise it was a good example
I wonder has the car been painted? In some of the close up shots of the boot lid and the passenger side rear quarter panel there appears to be quite bad orange peel.

Photo 155,157,158,167.

Of less of a concern, it's missing it's headlight wipers and HT lead cover.


Edited by Bayerische on Saturday 4th July 06:11


Edited by Bayerische on Saturday 4th July 06:15

silentbrown

6,246 posts

78 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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surgical said:
I went to have a ride in this car today. Lovely car. it drives tight. Amspeed have been taking care of it. Generally looks good.Interior is nice, still feels fresh. There is rust on the jacking area passenger side which would need attention but otherwise it was a good example
Up on Collecting Cars now. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1990-bmw-m3-e3...

current bid £72,500, 2 days to run...

silentbrown

6,246 posts

78 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...

Mariachi

47 posts

59 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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silentbrown said:
Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...
I remember seeing that at Eta motorsport a few years ago just after the owner had purchased it. It made me go out and find the one I have now.

S1KRR

12,548 posts

174 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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silentbrown said:
Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...
87 but on an "F"

Should be a D or E!

MikeyC

836 posts

189 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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S1KRR said:
silentbrown said:
Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...
87 but on an "F"

Should be a D or E!
DVLA says it's an '89
The VIN appears to be close to other '87 cars tho' (?)

surgical

93 posts

33 months

Saturday 4th July 2020
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MikeyC said:
S1KRR said:
silentbrown said:
Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...
87 but on an "F"

Should be a D or E!
DVLA says it's an '89
The VIN appears to be close to other '87 cars tho' (?)
Yeh why is that? late being registered? henna's were very early cars..is there something dodgy about this?
with all the mods (i don't understand them) how would this care ride? possible as a daily?

1602Mark

14,464 posts

135 months

Sunday 5th July 2020
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surgical said:
MikeyC said:
S1KRR said:
silentbrown said:
Speaking of which, there's this too. https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/1987-bmw-e30-m...
87 but on an "F"

Should be a D or E!
DVLA says it's an '89
The VIN appears to be close to other '87 cars tho' (?)
Yeh why is that? late being registered? henna's were very early cars..is there something dodgy about this?
with all the mods (i don't understand them) how would this care ride? possible as a daily?
It might be a bit harsh as a daily for many, although my old car was similar spec and I loved it. Seems pretty cheap at moment as it’d break for more than £22k!

89pgy

77 posts

168 months

Sunday 5th July 2020
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Reg is nothing to worry about. The first M3 I personally imported was a 86 car but the DVLA registered it from the day I imported it giving it an E plate. If your lucky car may still have it green tub documents if it came from Germany.

silentbrown

6,246 posts

78 months

Sunday 5th July 2020
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It's a German? import. The V5 photo shows "declared manufactured 1989".

Not sure I'd want to try using this as a road car, except very infrequently - Mainly due to the full cage and stripped-out interior. Will likely be noisy, harsh, awkward to get in/out, and the proximity of roll-cage to head is always a worry if you're driving it without a helmet.

On track, though... thumbup



89pgy

77 posts

168 months

Sunday 5th July 2020
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It's a case of horses for coarses. I have a sensible road. M3 and a completely stripped caged 270 bhp car that is also road legal. Yes it's hot,noisy uncomfortable and absolutely brilliant.