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New joiner looking for advice on E30
14-09-2019, 07:35 AM,
#1
New joiner looking for advice on E30
Hi guys (and galls?). I came across the following vehicle and will appreciate advice.
It is a 1984 320i, auto (cruise control, central locking a/c). Mileage 195 000. FSH, owned since new by 1 family member (not able to drive anymore). 100% original and unmolested. No accidents, no panel beating. Sheep wool covers on all seats - fabric as new. Only faults I picked up: Few small cracks on dash and gear lever can be pulled off. Otherwise 100% perfect.
I am considering buying this from family member but would like to offer a decent/fair price, but have no clue what that would be - useless trying to get a fair valuation from dealers on this.

Any insights will be much appreciated!!
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14-09-2019, 10:36 AM,
#2
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
A 320i auto is not the most popular option on these cars so I wouldn’t spend more than R40-R45k max if it’s really neat maybe post some pics so I can advise better

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Current Rides: E46 M3: E36 M3, E46 330Ci: E30 325i Shadowline, E30 325i Coupe
Ex Mistress's:
E92 325i: E92 M3: E36 323i: Navara 2.5Dci: Navara 4.0: Corsa UTE: E36 328i Cabrio: E92 M3: E39 540: E39 528i: E46 330i: 2x E36 328i Cabrio's: E36 328i: E46 M3: E36 318is: E36 328i: E46 318i: E46 M3: E46 330d: E90 330i: E46 330i: E90 320d: E46 330i: E90 335i: E46 330i: E46 323Ci: E36 318i: E36 325i: Honda Ballade 150i: Toyota RXI: Ford Fiesta 1.4i: VW Jetta 1.8 MKII: Merc 230E
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14-09-2019, 11:07 AM,
#3
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Tx Moose, appreciate the insight. Some pics.
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14-09-2019, 11:41 AM,
#4
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Pleasure buddy, looks like the clocks have stopped turning so 190km may not be the mileage.
Look it all depends how desperate the person is to get into an E30, personally if this was a 325i manual it would be worth something but it’s a 320i auto, it’s gonna feel slow n sluggish so don’t expect any wonders regarding performance.

Also, it’s a chromie, some like them some don’t.
Honestly I would say if u can get it at R30k or below then it would be worth it and it gives u some room for maintenance coz they all need maintenance

[Image: 2c733b7d-c481-43fc-b03a-4133239099e0_6532757072.jpeg]
Current Rides: E46 M3: E36 M3, E46 330Ci: E30 325i Shadowline, E30 325i Coupe
Ex Mistress's:
E92 325i: E92 M3: E36 323i: Navara 2.5Dci: Navara 4.0: Corsa UTE: E36 328i Cabrio: E92 M3: E39 540: E39 528i: E46 330i: 2x E36 328i Cabrio's: E36 328i: E46 M3: E36 318is: E36 328i: E46 318i: E46 M3: E46 330d: E90 330i: E46 330i: E90 320d: E46 330i: E90 335i: E46 330i: E46 323Ci: E36 318i: E36 325i: Honda Ballade 150i: Toyota RXI: Ford Fiesta 1.4i: VW Jetta 1.8 MKII: Merc 230E
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14-09-2019, 01:21 PM,
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RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Great!, tx for input.
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14-09-2019, 02:10 PM,
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RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Out of interest what is the price so I know how far off I am Rofl

Also, was the boot open in the pic above coz it’s not lining up?

[Image: 2c733b7d-c481-43fc-b03a-4133239099e0_6532757072.jpeg]
Current Rides: E46 M3: E36 M3, E46 330Ci: E30 325i Shadowline, E30 325i Coupe
Ex Mistress's:
E92 325i: E92 M3: E36 323i: Navara 2.5Dci: Navara 4.0: Corsa UTE: E36 328i Cabrio: E92 M3: E39 540: E39 528i: E46 330i: 2x E36 328i Cabrio's: E36 328i: E46 M3: E36 318is: E36 328i: E46 318i: E46 M3: E46 330d: E90 330i: E46 330i: E90 320d: E46 330i: E90 335i: E46 330i: E46 323Ci: E36 318i: E36 325i: Honda Ballade 150i: Toyota RXI: Ford Fiesta 1.4i: VW Jetta 1.8 MKII: Merc 230E
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14-09-2019, 03:08 PM,
#7
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
If it can spin buy it Hammerhead

Current rides
1995 E36 325i [Unfinished Monalisa]
2004 E46 330D M-sport [167wkw 556nm]

Ex Rides
1998 160i Conquest Rs
2012 Yamaha FZ6R - Stock
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15-09-2019, 04:35 PM, (This post was last modified: 15-09-2019, 05:12 PM by Another Newbie at BMW.)
#8
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Yip, boot not closed, needs to adjusted to close tightly. For sure no rear end damage - all seams under carpet in boot perfect/original.
Owner (trustworthy family member) did tell me clock stopped 5 days ago. Gears are on order.
I must make an offer - none of us have any idea what fair value is. I will also get "trade in" value at dealer and add say 20% to make it fair to the old lady.
So far I think your R30k is probably a good ball park value.

Elizabeth will NEVER spin! She is "stately".

Elizabeth will NEVER spin! She is "stately".
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15-09-2019, 06:25 PM,
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RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Cool bud, best of luck she does look like an honest example.
Take it for drive to gauge whether it’s for u k

[Image: 2c733b7d-c481-43fc-b03a-4133239099e0_6532757072.jpeg]
Current Rides: E46 M3: E36 M3, E46 330Ci: E30 325i Shadowline, E30 325i Coupe
Ex Mistress's:
E92 325i: E92 M3: E36 323i: Navara 2.5Dci: Navara 4.0: Corsa UTE: E36 328i Cabrio: E92 M3: E39 540: E39 528i: E46 330i: 2x E36 328i Cabrio's: E36 328i: E46 M3: E36 318is: E36 328i: E46 318i: E46 M3: E46 330d: E90 330i: E46 330i: E90 320d: E46 330i: E90 335i: E46 330i: E46 323Ci: E36 318i: E36 325i: Honda Ballade 150i: Toyota RXI: Ford Fiesta 1.4i: VW Jetta 1.8 MKII: Merc 230E
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16-09-2019, 02:50 PM,
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RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
I agree with @///Moose's sentiments. Seeing as you know the history, R30k should be a fair price for a 320i.
To be honest I prefer the chromie, but I'm biased...

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16-09-2019, 03:02 PM,
#11
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
this car would probably sell for R60k

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16-09-2019, 04:07 PM,
#12
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
wow I didn't know cruise control existed in 1984
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16-09-2019, 09:35 PM,
#13
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
R30 is very low, atleast R45 - R50

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06-10-2019, 01:40 PM,
#14
RE: New joiner looking for advice on E30
Tx for all in the input guys - final question before I finalize my offer: What is going rate for cambelt replacement??
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