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I might be in the market next year for a 2nd vehicle

Discussion in 'Automotive / Motorcycle Chat' started by RandomHero, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. RandomHero

    RandomHero Well-Known

    getting tired of the boring SUV people hauler that im the sole passanger in 99% of the time.

    Was thinking i might get another MR2 since i had a v6 swapped one a few years back. this time i wanted a turbo, but their expensive and they can be finicky little bastards when they want to be. Then i recalled i always had a soft spot for E30 BMWs. not only are they cheap, but they are reliable and plentiful. And, a convertible sounds just as awesome as an mr2 t-tops car.

    the more i browse, the more i want a 325is. then, i come across an e30 sitting on corvette salad shooters, and i think i may be in love. im bored and got nothing better to do and i feel like posting a picture. discuss.


  2. pistolpadre

    pistolpadre Well-Known

    Feb 25, 2013
    325 BMW's .. are safe and cool.. i had an old 1969 1600 (looks like a 2002) i screwed up in the restoration process.. wrong paint.. did a lot myself, beyond my abilities.. but the 2002 if you can find one is also a forever car.. problem is so expensive now compared to the 325 series..

    those vet wheels work.. can ya handle the low ground height.. ha ha... yeah the more i look at it, the more i love it to...
  3. RandomHero

    RandomHero Well-Known

    I won't be that low if I go that route. Those are probably coilover suspension for maaaaaaad lows, and I'm sure a bit more rubber can be put onto those wheels and still clear the fenders.
  4. T-FAST

    T-FAST Well-Known

    Mar 9, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    Buy an e30 now! At this point they are only appreciating in value.... especially the m3s
  5. RandomHero

    RandomHero Well-Known

    If I had the cash now, I would. I thiink the e30 m3s are going for almost $30k. I know some dudes on //drives youtube channel said they paid $12k for an engine rebuild.
  6. RandomHero

    RandomHero Well-Known


    anyone have experience with convertibles? i know they are slower/heavier than their full hardtop counterparts, but driving on an open top seems awesome.
  7. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

    Nov 11, 2008
    Austin - Rockdale
    I think a convertible e30 is a terrible idea. Get a Miata or Z3 or S2000 or something else that was designed from the ground up to be a convertible. In the one pictured above, I'd be asking a lot of questions on how they lowered it. They could have done a nice job with it or screwed it up. If you really want an e30, don't waste any time in getting one... They bottomed out several years ago and value on them is going back up (for decent ones anyways). I've been looking for the right deal on a 325i to build into a spec e30 racer for awhile. I think the great deals on them are gone :p
  8. RandomHero

    RandomHero Well-Known

    as far as the vert, im not into racing, i want something ejoyable and fun that looks good. ive was dead set on a t-top mr2 turbo, but then i remembered id be dropping $4-$5k for one. then i remembered the E30. honestly i might take it to a drift event once or twice, but other than that it would be a fun daily driver. top down is a nice way to drive.

    as far as picking one up soon....just waiting on my taxes next year. theres currently a 325is vert on CL the owner is asking $3500, and ive seen it for a month. im sure he would take $2800, but....dont have the $$ right now.
  9. coachrick

    coachrick TGT Addict

    Dec 26, 2009
    north-north Austin
    I'd take the easy route and go for the Miata Dan mentioned...maybe a really good deal on a S2000...OR if you want to have a bit more room like the BMW, a MINI might be of interest. The MINI and S2000 aren't likely in the price range you seek, but a Miata could be.
  10. mitchntx

    mitchntx Sarcasm Sensei TGT Supporter

    Jan 15, 2012
    Turn some heads ...


    CTS-V is a 4-door Corvette.

    Less than 10,000 were made over a four year period.
    Blazing fast, amazing brakes and handling all in a package that yields 25mpg.

    It could be yours ... it just sits in my shop and is rarely driven.

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