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    If someone buys an E30 cabrio for its performance (straight line or handling) they bought the wrong car.
    E30 Cabrios are cruisers.
    Top down, sunny day, cruiser.
    Its like comparing a Harley chopper to a crotch rocket. Two different tools for two different jobs.

    Want to go fast with no top, buy a Z3 M Roadster
    Jimmy P.
    87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
    88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
    88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - SCCA SPU #98
    92 M Technic Cabrio - S14 Powered!
    98 318Ti Morea Green
    04 Ford F350 Dually Tow Machine

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      Can someone tell me why that M3 sold for $42k??
      Simon
      Current Car:
      -2003 Mini Cooper R50 (daily)
      -2002 MR2 Spyder (project)
      Previous Car Count : 24 ... and climbing...

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        Despite the high mileage and racecar persona, it's super clean, has all the right E30 M3 parts and itemized receipts for everything help as well. The car was well cared for and it looks like a couple of guys really wanted it which boosted the price into the 40's. Who owned it and built it also makes a big difference.
        "I'd probably take the E30 M3 in this case just because I love that little car, and how tanky that inline 6 is." - thecj

        85 323i M TECH 1 S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZE
        88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/SCHWARZE
        89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/M TECH CLOTH-ALCANTARA
        91 M TECHNIC CABRIO TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH CLOTH-LEATHER

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          I can't explain that one.

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            Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
            Can someone tell me why that M3 sold for $42k??
            I'm with you.
            I totally didn't get that either.
            Nice enough E30M3, needed an afternoon getting all the hokey vinyl off it and no real documentation of any major component rebuilds that I saw.
            So you have a nice clean Alpine 266K E30M3 on bone stock 266K drivetrain.
            I've seen way nicer cars sell for less on there.
            Not sure what lit the fuse on that car to push it to over $40K

            The Lachsiilber car on there now puts that car to shame.
            Jimmy P.
            87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
            88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
            88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - SCCA SPU #98
            92 M Technic Cabrio - S14 Powered!
            98 318Ti Morea Green
            04 Ford F350 Dually Tow Machine

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              Originally posted by reelizmpro View Post
              Who owned it and built it also makes a big difference.
              Who owned it?
              I may have missed some special provenance of ownership that added to it reaching a higher price that I ever thought it would.

              No one "built" the car, other than the hokey vinyl its basically just a well preserved stock car with 266K on the drivetrain.
              Color me a bit perplexed.
              Jimmy P.
              87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
              88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
              88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - SCCA SPU #98
              92 M Technic Cabrio - S14 Powered!
              98 318Ti Morea Green
              04 Ford F350 Dually Tow Machine

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                Yeah that was expensive. The vinyl was in questionable taste and should have hurt the value, but then again alpine white is the best E30 color

                Originally posted by JimmyP View Post
                If someone buys an E30 cabrio for its performance (straight line or handling) they bought the wrong car.
                E30 Cabrios are cruisers.
                Top down, sunny day, cruiser.
                Its like comparing a Harley chopper to a crotch rocket. Two different tools for two different jobs.

                Want to go fast with no top, buy a Z3 M Roadster
                You don't have to "want to go fast" to have a desire for decent handling and acceleration that isn't corolla-spec.
                @turbovarg
                '91 318is, M20B25, T3/T04E 60 trim (18psi), megasquirt, coilovers, Z3 rack, cold AC
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                  Originally posted by varg View Post


                  You don't have to "want to go fast" to have a desire for decent handling and acceleration that isn't corolla-spec.

                  Are you intentionally missing the point?
                  1991 318iC
                  1989 325i Field Rescue

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                    Originally posted by Poorhouse View Post
                    Are you intentionally missing the point?
                    Are you?
                    @turbovarg
                    '91 318is, M20B25, T3/T04E 60 trim (18psi), megasquirt, coilovers, Z3 rack, cold AC
                    [b u i l d]
                    [Car of the month: April 2018]

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                      I'll just say that an E30 Cab is way fun enough for what I do with it. Sunday drives up through the Poconos, around mountain roads, going to Sunday car shows. Handles absolutely fun enough for that.
                      Is it different than my street M3, absolutely.
                      Do I care enough to swap it for an M Roadster, not yet. Cant compare the looks and the vibe.
                      I love that E30 Cabs look like they just rolled off the set of Miami Vice
                      Jimmy P.
                      87 E30 M3 Prodrive British Touring Car
                      88 E30 M3 Zinnoberot - Garage Queen
                      88 E30 M3 Lachsilber - SCCA SPU #98
                      92 M Technic Cabrio - S14 Powered!
                      98 318Ti Morea Green
                      04 Ford F350 Dually Tow Machine

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                        Originally posted by varg View Post
                        Are you?
                        I guess Corolla spec is good enough for me.


                        Originally posted by JimmyP View Post
                        I'll just say that an E30 Cab is way fun enough for what I do with it. Sunday drives up through the Poconos, around mountain roads, going to Sunday car shows. Handles absolutely fun enough for that
                        Sounds terrible.
                        1991 318iC
                        1989 325i Field Rescue

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                          Originally posted by JimmyP View Post
                          Who owned it?
                          I may have missed some special provenance of ownership that added to it reaching a higher price that I ever thought it would.

                          No one "built" the car, other than the hokey vinyl its basically just a well preserved stock car with 266K on the drivetrain.
                          Color me a bit perplexed.

                          The seller on BAT stated they bought the M3 from Jim Powell, a long time BMW enthusiast/collector down in San Diego. Not sure how much that had to do with it but nothing surprises me anymore.
                          "I'd probably take the E30 M3 in this case just because I love that little car, and how tanky that inline 6 is." - thecj

                          85 323i M TECH 1 S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZE
                          88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/SCHWARZE
                          89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/M TECH CLOTH-ALCANTARA
                          91 M TECHNIC CABRIO TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH CLOTH-LEATHER

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                            I love my cab. However, it is what it is. What it is is a sporty cruiser that looks great and provides a sensational road experience. Albeit not the same high performance handling you expect from a coupe. I've put a crossbrace on mine along with Billy Sports and e30 M3 springs, that really helps. I plan on stroking the engine at some point to enhance the torque for canyon runs, but I feel it would be overkill to boost it.

                            I honestly don't understand the aversion some people have towards the vert. Some here even claim to hate it.
                            Last edited by cavpilot; 11-26-2017, 09:54 AM.

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                              I’m not a hater, I’m a congratulatory. I love my Vert.

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                                don't hate verts. just get 2 e30s, 3-5 if you want variety lol.
                                all these e30s have different personalities:

                                318i sedan
                                325i sedan
                                touring
                                ix sedan
                                ix touring
                                318i vert
                                325i vert
                                318is
                                325i/is coupe
                                m3

                                I'll leave the m3 vert off the list. Throw a suspension turbo, stroker or swap on any of these and it changes things of course.

                                personally, I have an IX coupe and a euro converted vert. I'll do an e30 coupe swapped hotrod down the road. won't do an m3 due to value.
                                I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                                HOWTOs:
                                DB vert plastic bumpers
                                OEM Keys
                                MTech1 docs

                                88 ix Lach/Card
                                91 ic Calypso 3.1
                                86 Cosmo 2.7

                                OEM+ or bust!


                                reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                                TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                                e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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