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1990 BMW 318i Touring

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The E30 Touring influx continues to flow, helping pull prices down and increasing the variety of available models. Having the fastest possible option is always a nice idea, but there is something extremely appealing about having a base model workhorse that wasn’t originally available here. This 318i won’t be a racer, but it will be useful! It’s right-hand drive, which immediately makes me think of using it as a small-town mail or newspaper delivery vehicle. With even US-spec E30s going for more money all the time, does rarity and a funny steering position rationalize dropping almost $10k on a base model?

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Year: 1990
Model: 318i Touring
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 118,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, asking $9,500

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FOR SALE: 1990 BMW E30 318i Touring 5spd – (Clean Florida Title)

Asking $9,500 obo

VIN: WBAAG72020EA908830

Rare Alpine White exterior over charcoal cloth interior. This example is extremely clean and rust free which is very uncommon for E30s. Arguably one of the most desirable color combinations for these E30s. Especially on the touring model that was never offered in the United States. I have listed all the features of this rare vehicle below. If you have any further questions please let me know. I can also assist with shipping at buyers expense.

Full BMW service history included.

Interior Features:

-Charcoal Cloth interior, in great shape with no rips or tears
-Crack free dashboard
-Power Windows
-Manual Sun Roof
-Gauge Cluster and Odometer in good working order (rare for E30s)
-Rear folding seats for addition storage
-Factory Medical Kit
-Factory Jack & Tool Kit
-Motorsport leather wrapped steering wheel
-Trunk cover with integrated pet screen (OEM)
-Rear Headrests (rare option on tourings)

Exterior Features:

-Alpine White Paint
-European Spec front and rear bumpers (No Chrome and Black Plastic)
-European “Smiley” Projector Headlights
-Basket Weave 15 inch wheels (has matching spare)
-Tires all in great shape with plenty of tread left (including spare)

Power Train:

– M40 1.8L Inline 4 engine
– Just had new cam belt and tensioners installed
– New battery
– New water pump
– Fresh coolant flush
– 5 speed manual transmission (shifts great)

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It all looks pretty nice if well-used, and I love cloth interiors on E30s, but I can’t help thinking that there are other E30 Tourings in this price range that at least have the steering wheel on the correct side. The market is constantly evolving, but a RHD, four-cylindered Touring must be the most niche piece of the E30 pie. If it was more like $6k it’d be a funky bargain, but unless you really want a slow E30 wagon and driving on the shoulder I think there are better options out there for $9,500.

-NR

2 Comments

  1. Frank K
    Frank K July 24, 2015

    the seller has also, thus far, refused to respond to questions about the car.

  2. 5DoorE30
    5DoorE30 July 24, 2015

    Frank, I’m the seller. Sorry if I missed an email from eBay. What’s your question? Feel free to email me at 5DoorE30@gmail.com

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