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  • For Sale 1988 E30 M3 – 12/87

    For Sale 1988 E30 M3 – 12/87 VIN WBSAK0308J2197251 $10,000
    257,000 miles (motor and chassis)
    She has had a good run but it is time for her to move to a new home. I have owned her since 1999 or so. I am the third owner. I bought her with about 89k miles on her. I have a complete history to include the dock inspection but I do not have the window sticker. I have receipt for parts purchases and a composition book listing her history of service and repairs. All maintenance since I have owned her has been done by me. She was in two accidents:
    • 2000 (or so) – Rear ended by a Corolla and pushed into a Supra. No major damage. Complete front bumper replaced and rear bumper repainted. All bumper shocks were replaced. At that time I also had the mirrors and rockers re-sprayed because when I bought the car it had the notorious red faded paint on those plastic parts.
    • 2001 (or so) – Backed into by a hit and run driver while parked on the street in DC. Damage was scratch on the hood and the passenger front fender dented just where it curves to meet the front grill. The fender was replaced because the dent was on a crease and the hood was re-painted.
    • Bilstein Sport Shocks w/Ground control coil-over conversion. OE front spring perches were never removed in the event I want to go back to stock springs. Rear springs are now 6” not the 5” that came originally with the kit.
    • RD rear shock tower tie bar.
    • BMP front Shock tower brace.
    • Eclipse head unit with stock BMW amp and speakers. The original head unit comes with the car.
    • OZ Mito 17 by 8.5, 13mm offset wheels ( 215/40s front & 235/40s rear – Yokohama S.Drive) . Wheels purchased from Mr. BBS. Still in good shape to be 10s a re-polish and centers re-sprayed or powder coated.
    • Front aggregate guard. E30 Motor Werks Severe Duty Skid Plate. Installed after a lower pan pucker… just enough to leak oil when car was not running. Yes, the lower pan was replaced.
    • Raven (Dimoff) track exhaust w/DTM tips… Loud!
    • Will Chu – FG brake ducts
    • HID low beams
    • French (Yellow) high beams
    • Sport EVO grills (Kopi)
    • Smoked front signal lenses (not painted)
    • Rear fog bulbs wired as additional brake lights.
    • Delrin shift knob
    • Short shift BavAuto
    • Battery cut-off switch. Mounted on battery cover.
    • Remote jump cable connection with large AMP connector with matching 12 foot heavy gauge jumper cables.
    • Conforti chip
    • Etc…
    Current state:
    • Back in November I think I burned a valve on cylinder #4. Compression numbers were 195, 200, 150 and gauge flutter… I have not opened the engine. She still will run but sounds like a flat-four with exhaust.
    • A/C stopped working just at the end of the summer. I never diagnosed it. I know the compressor needs the mounting bushings which I have.
    • There is a little rush on the cowl near the wipers. I also know there is some in the front jack pad region and rear of the rear wheel houses.
    • Sunroof was replaced with a painted unit form Vintage Sport Racing.
    • She has her second rear wing. The clear just cracked dead center…
    • Both mirrors have seen better days. They could stand a repaint. Again clear coat issues.
    • Interior is in great shape. The driver seat has the most wear on that outer bottom bolster.
    • I have the original wheels with old, really old one-laps(Dunlops) on them. I think those could use a bit of freshening up. I have not looked at them in years. I know the spare is tip top.
    • Spare AUX Fan
    • Plugs
    • Reference Sensors
    • Various body clips
    • Original CAT with Borla muffler… in OK shape
    • Etc…
    • My gallery here

    For those that are interested I have the AutoCheck Report available.

    Not my favorite post... :sosad:

  • #2
    Can we get some detailed pictures of rust (didnt see them in the flickr)

    Also shots of each wheel well, shot of the interior of the trunk, shot along the edges of the quarter panels.

    Any original history on the car?

    Have you been driving it still post valve issue?


    • #3
      Q: Can we get some detailed pictures of rust (didnt see them in the flickr)

      A: I would be glad to get you some it is going to take a few days thought. I will have something for you Monday evening when I can get her back on a lift.

      Q: Also shots of each wheel well, shot of the interior of the trunk, shot along the edges of the quarter panels.

      A: Should not be a problem. I assume you are looking for shots of the top edges of the rear quarter panels? As for the trunk I just have my plastic bin of spares in there.. Plugs, cap and rotor etc. I can have those shots for you Monday evening too.

      Q: Any original history on the car?

      A: Not sure what you need to know... It started life in Chicago, made its way to VA then I bought it. Not being a wise arse but yes I could give you a detailed history on everything I have done since I have owned her. The composition book history goes back farther than just my ownership and service records back to the original owner in hand...

      Q: Have you been driving it still post valve issue?

      A: Not really other than to warm her up and move her to keep the tires from flat spotting. Did not want to make matter worse it is not worth it to try and "drive" her.

      Let me know what you are looking for on original history... Service record wise I have a stuffed folder and the composition book diary. Shoot me a pm.



      • #4

        Where are you located, I think you're local and I'd like to come take a look.

        Thanks, Patrick


        • #5
          Julian, hate to see this thread. Good luck with the sale and all the best.


          • #6
            All PMs replied too...

            Yeah Will... I think it is time for a new project... I am thinking of doing a pro-touring car if I build something.


            • #7
              Did i miss the price? Never had a rebuild?


              • #8
                Originally posted by Modena 1 View Post
                Did i miss the price? Never had a rebuild?
                1st line right after the VIN :gotcha:
                1989 E30 M3 Cabrio - Nogaro Sliver / Black - 1 of 786
                1990 E30 M3 - Sterling Silver / Black
                1991 E30 318is - Sterling / Black (Mtech II project)


                • #9
                  Yes, I am asking for $10k. She has never had a rebuild.

                  FYI she is on Ebay as well: