Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
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I know most of you are used to me complaining about swapped E30s, but every now and again I have to make an exception. Perhaps it’s my love of Style 10 wheels that’s affecting my judgement, but I’ll live with that shame. The owner has shown some measured restraint in creating this car, a highly unusual feat when it comes to highly-modified E30s. The comfort interior remains, as does the stock steering wheel and radio. The trunk is free from subwoofers, and the minor styling tweaks the seller did undertake are just my style – OEM mudflaps, the aforementioned wheels, and a period-correct heckblende. Aftermarket exhaust always look “off” to me on E30s, but I suppose it’s there to let that S52 breathe a bit easier.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325i on eBay
The E36 model range can be seen as somewhat plain-jane at times, with even the IS nomenclature losing a bit of the allure it held with the E30 lineup. Still, they were reliable cars with fairly straightforward construction and affordable maintenance schedules. The 318is featured here is a clean Canadian car, still in stock configuration. When faced with having to purchase a commuter vehicle, I’d gladly put my money towards an economical 4-cylinder E36 than a comparative Honda. And while many will likely say the E30 is a more entertaining driver, the E36 really did move the needle forward in terms of creature comforts and pleasantries like sound-deadening. Still, they’re about the same money and neither generation of the 318is is a bad choice.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 BMW 318is on Bimmerforums
Not a bad way to buy an E30 M3 – travel to the land of sunshine and palm trees, find some quiet roads with small roadside stands selling native fruit, and then ship the beast home to wherever you lay your head. This ’86 M3 isn’t perfect and wears a few battle scars, but it’s got some cool Euro-market features like headlight washers and the German check panel. It should also have the Euro-market rear first-aid kit and warning triangle, but who knows if those have survived the years. The red striping is a nice touch, as are the M-stripes on the hood (whether those were a factory option or aftermarket application is unknown). However, the aftermarket stereo, flooded OBC screen and wrong-way facing rear speakers all speak to a car that’s had some miles put on her, so any long-distance buyers would be wise to get a proper PPI.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW M3 on eBay
Ask anyone what the largest engine ever fitted to the E30 BMW 3 series was and you may get a few folks citing the M20 2.5 liter inline-6 in the 325is. However, South Africa received their own special edition by way of the M30 3.3 liter “big six” being slotted under the hood to create the 333i. These cars were built in collaboration with Alpina, all fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential. Slotted front brake rotors, 16” Alpina wheels and optional ABS were other features on tap in this package. With 194 horsepower on tap, these were very potent machines in their day, capable of 0-100 km/h in the mid seven second range. A mere 204 were produced in 1986 but these special E30s, like this one for sale in Germany, have cemented their place in history amongst the E30 faithful.