23 Custom BMW E30 325i, E30 M3 Retro Restoration & Interior 23 Custom BMW E30 325i, E30 M3 Retro Restoration & Interior BMW e30 1990, BMW e30 1989– While many (if not most) cars are built with specific design in mind, the BMW E30 was and still is a car for all purposes. To say that this is a jack-of-all-trades is also an understatement, because the car is pretty much capable of everything. It is neither a race car nor family saloon, it is both of them.
Built as part of the long-running 3-series, the BMW E30 is the Swiss Army of motoring world; you can drive it on a any track-day without the embarrassment of crappy cornering or dreary speed, take it to a grocery store and put all the stuffs in the trunk, or use it to take your kids to school in comfort. Over the course of 12 years of production, the car was hugely popular. Even today when the market is flooded with newer, modernly equipped, and freshly designed alternatives, it remains the obvious sensible choice for almost anybody. And for people with more enthusiastic driving style, the BMW E30 325i sport models are excellent thanks to the limited-slip differentials.
The format is basic yet ideal for day-to-day driving and tracks; it has front engine and rear-wheel drive, which makes it controllable for a race and in cramped city streets. Suspension is soft enough to distribute speed bumps yet firm enough to keep the car steady when you need to go fast.
A Bit History –just like every good car out there, pedigree plays an important role, so it is quite essential to understand where the BMW E30 started. In 1962, a line of compact coupes and sedans came out of its factory, called BMW 1500. They were so popular because 4-door sports car was not yet hugely available back then. Thanks to limited competition and the fact that they were fitted with the celebrated M10 4-cylinder engine, BMW could not even keep up with the demand. Eventually, BMW 1500 led to the development of 1800, 1600, 2000, and 2002 series.
As the 2002 series came close to the end of production, BMW was challenged with a tough task of creating a successful follow up to the popular car as well as putting together something in line with the new 5-series. BMW finally came up with the 3-series, which served both purposes and introduced the world to new sports sedan. The first generation was the E21, which gave commercial success for the company despite the mixed reviews the car received. Against all odds, the car established loyal fan base. The next generation was E30 and it brought updates in interior design and suspension, making it a substantial improvement over its predecessor.
Available in sedan, cabriolet, coupe, and touring (wagon), body styles of its 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and even the AWD models remained unchanged throughout its 12 years of production until it was replaced by the third generation 3-series, the E36. From 1982 to 1994, BMW E30 was mainly promoted with race in mind and indeed raced extensively in Europe. At the same time, the car continued its evolution and became status symbol as well as the car of choice for city people across the world; it was a race car that you could use every day.
BMW E30 325i was the upper model in the range featuring straight-six engine and better suspension for improved handling at the same time. The tendency to oversteer in previous series and the lower models was tamed extensively in this particular model option. Similar to the 325i, the 320i and 323i also received the same improvements. To be more specific, the BMW E30 1989 325i was the best of them all with screaming engine and controllable oversteer.
We all agree that BMW E30 is an exciting car, but let us not forget that the newest of them is 23 years old today. There is always a chance that the car you see on the street is not the best or even slightly decent representative of its actual appeal. The body kit has scratches here and there, smoke comes out of the exhaust pipe, or maybe the tires are worn out. All parts of the car including the engine, interior, exterior, and electrics surely have past their best conditions after more than 20 years of usage. However, you only need to get a decent one to draw attentions from anybody else in the street. It can be the roaring engine or the simple classic body work that sparks response from casual-onlookers; either way, a BMW E30 is one of few that can live up the excitement deep inside every driver. If you are in the market especially for the coupe model, you will want to get the BMW E30 1990; this is the last one from the series and model to bear the E30 name because coupe was replaced afterwards by the younger sibling, E36.
BMW E30 has stood the test of time in both engineering and styling perspectives. When it comes to the engineering parts, of course, maintenance is crucial so make you sure you get one with fully documented service history and if possible OEM parts only. From design point of view, the old body work still looks surprisingly fresh today. Both the entry level and more powerful models are affordable propositions. Over the 12-year of productions, many models were made with varied (and certainly confusing) specification sheets. There are also plenty of spoiled examples of otherwise proud series in the BMW lineup, so be very careful when buying and do your research well.
BMW E30 M3 is quite different from the rest of the E30 line-up. Although the M3 used the same unit-body shell as its standard counterpart, it was equipped with 12 unique panels; in fact, the only exterior parts compatible for both were roof panel, sunroof, door panels, and hood.
In terms of specification BMW M3 E30 would be more promising indeed, but it could also be a lot worse than the standard version in reality, considering the old age. Assuming all are in the same conditions today and excluding the M3, either 318iS or 325i Sports model are the most desirable.
Retro cars are increasingly popular these days, and the BMW E30 is the most sought after of them all. Properly maintained and serviced, it would look as refreshing and astonishing as it did the first time in 1982.