BMW 325i (E30) convertible search


#1

I’m interested in buying a 1987-1989 BMW 325i (E30) convertible as a weekend car. I don’t know a lot about them but I have always loved the styling. Does anyone have any have any thoughts, suggestions, or advise for me? Any problems or weaknesses I should be aware of? Anything in particular I should lookout for and/or avoid? I don’t know a lot about cars and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


#2

The BMW Specific forums are your best bet on these cars, they’re great as long as you can find one that has been well looked after. A BMW specialist would be able to examine any prospect more closely. Will make a great weekend driver as long as you shop carefully.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?826530-E30-buyers-guide
http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3636


#3

BMW engines are known for weak cooling systems. It’s not uncommon to have a water pump fail or a thermostat get stuck, which can result in engine overheating. The car typically runs fine for a few hundred miles after overheating, but it eventually begins to leak coolant and ultimately requires a complex head gasket replacement.

If your community has a local chapter of BMW Car Clubs of America (google BMWCCA), I’d advise going to a monthly meeting and asking around.

I have a 1991 E30 coupe with the M42 engine. It had gasket problems. It has nice classic car looks, but it’s no M3.


#4

German cars in general are known for their handling, not for their reliability or affordability. I hope you realize this is likely to be a very expensive weekend hobby. My son has owned two BMWs, and he compares it to the cost of supporting a child.

And I agree with visiting BMW forums. You’ll get far more information about these cars on BMW forums than you will here.