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3xE30, 1 of 3: 1989 BMW M3

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10-15 years ago, if any of us had a crystal ball (although at the time it may have seemed like iron balls instead), we would have started snapping up E30 M3s. We didn’t. Now those that had them laying around are riding the wave and selling them for silly prices. Once I get past lamenting an automotive opportunity that is forever gone, I get back to appreciating seeing clean, moderately-miled examples. Today’s is all those things with 124k miles, apparently a light touch (on the interior at least), and good documentation. Pay to play is the E30 way these days.

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Year: 1989
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 124,500 mi
Price: $24,000 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 1989 BMW E30 M3 on eBay

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Work done in the last 15,000 miles:
-New battery at 123k.
-New heater core pipes and hoses at 122k.
-Viper Alarm at 120k.
-Transmission fluid flush at 115k.
-Driveshaft replacement, new timing chain tensioner at 115k.
-Fuel filter, valve cover gasket, breather hose, alternator bushings, brake fluid flush, full service at 113k.
-New VSR exhaust at 110k.
-New water pump at 107k.
-New coolant sensor at 106k.
-Service history going back all the way to 1989.

-No rust anywhere (spent most of its life in Arizona).
-Paint is original and in great condition.
-All original pannels, no accident history, very straight body.
-Mechanically sound, Can be driven immediately with no work needed.
-Brakes/steering/throttle response are fantastic.
-All windows were re-tinted last year.
-Viper alarm system with keyless entry.
-All power windows, locks, and sun roof in working condition.
-Comes with Dinan, Autothority, and Conforti chip (currently the one being used).
-VSR Stainless steel freeflow center section with Stromung muffler (sounds amazing).
-Back seats in perfect condition.
-Front seats show some wear, but still in decent condition (typical wear and cracking).
-Carpets/interior in great condition.
-It just passed California emissions test Within the past two weeks.
-Car has current registration which expires Sept 2014

-Scratch on the trunk lid(see picture).
-Small crease (about4″-5″) on rear quarter
-Cracked dash (I have a new dash that I will include with sale).

These cars are rare, and it’s even rarer to find one in this condition with documentation.

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There’s an E30 almost identical to this near work sometimes. I’ve heard it referred to as being on a DTM grid even when you’re commuting, and I would’ve loved to have experienced that before they flew out of reach. At this point, less than 130k miles and few issues make this a very desirable car.



  1. MDriver
    MDriver September 26, 2013

    will follow this close as my 89 has just about the same mileage now(drove it a bit this summer)…
    big is the records that go back to 89…would def. need to go over them closely….
    otherwise the maintenance is routine….no mention of suspension bits replaced..bushings/springs/shocks etc.
    I hope it checks out right and gets the 24k, no reason at all for it to trade for less if the car is as represented

  2. Tamer Yurdakul
    Tamer Yurdakul September 27, 2013

    Bmw E 30 M3 is my dream car,I want to buy your car as soon as possible however I am living in Türkiye and our tariff laws doesn’t let us to buy foreign cars under 3 years old.Please help to find a any other solution for buyind this BMW ,I am waiting your responses as much as possible.Thank you so much.

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