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    I lived without AC in my "toy" semi-recently. I was able to tolerate it for longer than others, but then age kicks in.:( This is subjective tho so kind of a moot argument. The real question is...what will someone pay/not pay for a enthusiast car, whether stock or modified, when the AC is deleted/innop? Just look at current 'for sale' cars and notice the price difference for people that go the extra mile and add ac to engine swap cars. You'll notice at least 4-5k difference in my experience, but this can also be attributed to people that are under the impression that a swapped car with AC has been put together better than one without.
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    1987 325e - Totalled
    1990 325is - Sold
    1997 540i6 - Sold
    1991 325ic - Sold
    2013 335i - Sold
    2005 X5 - Daily
    1991 318is - *work in progress*

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      1989 S54-swapped 325i
      https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-bmw-325i-57/
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      Simon
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        I'm always curious what the weight and balance of a S54 swapped E30 looks like.
        @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
          I'm always curious what the weight and balance of a S54 swapped E30 looks like.


          Not bad actually. But it is a setup that definitely benefits from as wide of a tire as you can get under it.

          There’s a couple swaps at the shop right now, a track only car (caged, aero, fender flares..etc), a Touring (not quite finished) and a two door.

          I’ve been considering using an M54B30 in my racecar for enduros. It’s dead nuts reliable, and power band is good for a light car like an E30 on the track. Plus, low mileage examples can be found in 5 series for cheap..


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          1991 325i MT2 Touring (JDM bro)
          1991 Racecar (Chase Schmidt's former drift car - M30)
          2006 BMW X3
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            That s54 car could really stand to have more pictures posted. I think that would boost the interest.
            Build Thread: Ryan's Hennarot 318is
            COTM Aug 2019

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              Already at 16k the s54 climbing pretty fast.

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                I like the M54 S770 more than that S54 car.
                I know people get all tight in the pants over anything with an S54 in it, but the S770 looks way more finished.

                The S54 car doesnt have one shot of the backseats, so I am assuming they didnt even finish the rears the same as the fronts.
                That would make a good weekend track toy (which would make all the MTech upholstery a waste, but the Cabrio appears to be a much nicer overall car
                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
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                  Originally posted by JimmyP View Post
                  I like the M54 S770 more than that S54 car.
                  I know people get all tight in the pants over anything with an S54 in it, but the S770 looks way more finished.

                  The S54 car doesnt have one shot of the backseats, so I am assuming they didnt even finish the rears the same as the fronts.
                  That would make a good weekend track toy (which would make all the MTech upholstery a waste, but the Cabrio appears to be a much nicer overall car


                  I agree, the vert looks really cleanly built


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                  1984 Alpina B6 2.8/1 #35
                  1991 325i MT2 Touring (JDM bro)
                  1991 Racecar (Chase Schmidt's former drift car - M30)
                  2006 BMW X3
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                    AC is necessary, I saw IL on that list, it gets damn hot and humid in Chicago in the summer.

                    Anyway that is the thing that is holding up finishing my car, I won't be done till AC is proper.

                    I wouldnt buy a car without working AC unless it was for track only.
                    Euro Delivery Thread///E30 Project Klaus

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                      1990 325i Convertible
                      https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...25i-cabriolet/
                      Attached Files
                      Simon
                      Current Car:
                      -2003 Mini Cooper R50
                      Previous Car Count : 24 ... and climbing...

                      Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                        I am very close to listing my E30 for sale and would like the people's opinion in this thread (I'm considering BaT as the listing agency).

                        I have a crappy, out-of-date build thread somewhere, but the gist of my E30 is:
                        -1991 318is chassis with original paint, FL car, no rust, no accidents at all.
                        -M52 Swap converted to OBD1 with bunch of bolt ons
                        -Cleaned up engine bay, wiring harness, etc
                        -Gutted interior, bolt-in roll bar, Kirkey race seats, flocked dash, Lowes outdoor carpet
                        -Custom STACK DTM cluster, rewired complete car, Ground control coilover suspension, polyurethane bushings for everything, SS brake lines, 3.25LSD, ZF320 trans, with associated 24v swap parts

                        Ball-park? $10k?

                        Edit: found my "build-thread"...the pictures do not show the current condition well. Paint looks amazing and the interior is cleaner.
                        https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...hlight=klaudia
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                          Not sure what bat will bring, but this looks like a seriously fun car.
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                          1982 528e - Sold
                          1987 325e - Totalled
                          1990 325is - Sold
                          1997 540i6 - Sold
                          1991 325ic - Sold
                          2013 335i - Sold
                          2005 X5 - Daily
                          1991 318is - *work in progress*

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                            Originally posted by dsobering47 View Post
                            I am very close to listing my E30 for sale and would like the people's opinion in this thread (I'm considering BaT as the listing agency).

                            I have a crappy, out-of-date build thread somewhere, but the gist of my E30 is:
                            -1991 318is chassis with original paint, FL car, no rust, no accidents at all.
                            -M52 Swap converted to OBD1 with bunch of bolt ons
                            -Cleaned up engine bay, wiring harness, etc
                            -Gutted interior, bolt-in roll bar, Kirkey race seats, flocked dash, Lowes outdoor carpet
                            -Custom STACK DTM cluster, rewired complete car, Ground control coilover suspension, polyurethane bushings for everything, SS brake lines, 3.25LSD, ZF320 trans, with associated 24v swap parts

                            Ball-park? $10k?

                            Edit: found my "build-thread"...the pictures do not show the current condition well. Paint looks amazing and the interior is cleaner.
                            https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...hlight=klaudia


                            But is the AC functional? That’s 5k right there...


                            Honestly though, I think you’d be best to try and get the interior back to stock-ish. Look back over the completed auctions on the front page and compare the other 318is swaps.

                            If you do get it listed on BAT, you’ll be blindsided by comments about “why would someone swap a 318is..”. It’s gained mythic proportions in their world now. Also, an M52 swap is going to be a hard sell, most high dollar auctions for 24v swaps are M3 motors (S50,S52,S54). The flocked dash and Lowe’s outdoor carpet might not be attractive to bidders either.

                            Basically, if you can piece together a stick interior for maybe a grand, it could be the difference between your car bidding up to 5k or breaking 12k.


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                            1984 Alpina B6 2.8/1 #35
                            1991 325i MT2 Touring (JDM bro)
                            1991 Racecar (Chase Schmidt's former drift car - M30)
                            2006 BMW X3
                            2011 Audi A3 - wife's other German car

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                              Honestly, it seems like modified / swapped E30's don't fetch well on BAT. The BAT community for the most part wants mostly original cars. Thats what I've seen from my observation though, others may have a different opinion.
                              Steve • Toronto
                              1991 318is • Brillantrot
                              Build Thread

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                                No power steering, no ABS, no AC, crank windows+sunroof.

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