1988 BMW e30 316 Auto Ecotronic Not 325i Sport RWD For Sale
Of course the e30 needs no introduction but I am going to give it one anyway:
Ahh the BMW e30 - the ultimate ultimate Driving Machine (yes I meant to put ultimate twice)! Retro cars are all the rage at the moment and the E30 is the daddy of them all. It fits right in at shows, tackles trackdays with gusto and takes on the daily commute with aplomb. It's boxy 80s styling is now tres chic. It will devour mile after mile on twisty B-roads, motorways and everything in between. It's the ideal daily-driver and weekend show car.
For sale is my stunning 1988 BMW E30 in metallic Cirrus blue. This has the famous BMW M10 engine which has done only 101500 miles. I've owned it for almost five years and the previous owner had it for 3 years and spent a lot of time and money on it. The engine runs smoothly and it uses and leaks no oil.
Matching navy blue leather interior from a E36 318is which is sumptious and fits right in.
Leather handbrake gaitor, handle and auto shifter from a 7 series.
Recovered E30 sports steering wheel.
Electric windows (drivers switch is a little temperamental but it is only the switch).
Remote Central Locking (I have two fobs and a spare key but need to search for one - will probably have to post to the purchaser at a later date).
Aftermarket centre arm rest with 2 cup holders.
Supersport shocks and springs which were purchased from Germany. This makes the car low but it's still very comfortable!
Rear anti roll bar from a 325 convertible.
Front wishbone bushes are genuine Polybushes.
Sportex backbox fitted from a 320 which is gives a nice sound under acceleration but is not too loud normally.
Black multispoke alloys with black BMW centre caps which are in good condition and have the correct size tires.
Weber replacement kit from Webcon which has a manual choke (instead of the original Pierburg carb)
Jamex airfilter in the original pancake airbox.
Electric rad fan with an adjustable thermostat and a manual switch in the cabin.
There is also a front strut brace fitted (although I'm happy to remove and put it on my Baur).
Bosch plugs and Lucas Hiwire leads, Castol GTX oil and Bosch filter less than about 6,000 miles ago.
Front brake discs with Brembo items and EBC Ultimax pads, rear brakes had new drums and shoes.
Bleed nipples were in poor condition so they were replaced with stainless steel items all round and they were bled with Super Blue fluid.
Black bonnet and boot badges.
Black kidney grill and tinted front and rear indicators (all removable if not to your taste).
Custom IS style front splitter fitted (well I will refit it as I removed it).
Genuine IS boot spoiler.
Sought after bullseye headlights which were only fitted to the E30 for a few years before the more common smiley headlights replaced them.
In the boot there is a full size spare wheel, original jack and wheel brace and most of the BMW toolkit.
Original handbook, a lots of receipts for parts and work done and quite a few old MOTs and Tax discs.
It's had 2 new wheel bearings (it only needed one but I replaced the wrong side haha). This was about 200 miles ago.
It's had the rear subframe bushes replaced (50 miles ago).
The previous owner told me that the engine had received a head rebuild when he purchased it. I don't know how to verify this though.
It has a vintage 1980s Blaupunkt Tape head unit which I used with an IPOD and transmitter and line in tape thing.
The heater blower only works on full (a common fault easily fixed with an £8 resistor).
Sometimes the temp gauge bounces around which I believe is a faulty earth in the dash clocks (all the other dials work fine). This is definitely just a gauge or sensor fault as the car doesn't get hot even when parked in traffic.
There are a few stonechips (which have been touched up and not allowed to rust) on the leading edge of the bonnet, pictured.
The passenger side wing has a dent at the front edge and has started to bubble at the bottom of the wing. There is also a tiny amount of bubbling on the drivers side valance at the bottom.
There is not a lot of rust other than the one arch I've pictured. I'm pretty gutted about that. I suspect it will clean up ok though.
All in all a great classic BMW which is great to drive, cheap to insure on a classic policy and turns heads everywhere.
Any questions please ask, viewing is recommended. I am only selling as I have too many cars. If I don't get what I want for it then I'll sell something else.
Low insurance (as it's considered a classic now).
Electic aerial (works perfectly).
Cheap to maintain (cheap parts and you can DIY most things).
No pets (so it smells fresh inside).
Remote Central Locking
Non sunroof (so no leaking and no rusty floors).
Practical (it will carry 4 adults in stylish comfort, has a decent boot, rear seatbelts and ample rear leg room).
I'm only selling as I have 11 cars including 3 other e30s, an e36 M3, e36 328i Sport etc and I've moved to central London (zone 1) and I can only park 1 car here. However, I would consider swapping for a 106 GTi or an e30 touring (then I'll just sell one extra of the others).
Everyone loves them so have three for free: Only going up in price. A great investment. Future classic. You're lucky it's not a 318IS otherwise I'd get out the old 'Baby m3'.
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