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    Originally posted by e30austin View Post
    This is true. The car is not perfect and is higher miles, but it definitely seems like the way to go. Hmmm.
    As someone in the process of swapping a 318is, I was very conflicted and started a thread on it here about whether or not it's the way to go. People told me that it would hurt the value, and that it'd be a waste or whatever, but decided on it anyways.

    There's still plenty of 318is with m42s on bringatrailer that don't get mad money for whatever reason, and at least for me, 80% of the late model e30s I see on craigslist in my area are 318s. Hell, there's one in better shape than mine for less than I paid right now.
    91 318iS - aluminum M52B28 + ZF320 + 3.15 Torsen

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      My parents bought a brand new, 79 Datsun D210 when I was little (prior car was a Duster) and we drove that thing everywhere! I rode many miles laying under the big glass hatchback (totally reckless and illegal by todays standard) and can still remember the cheap plastic covers all over the inside. Im sure when my dad eventually sold it to two Hispanic dudes there was at least an entire 64 box worth of crayons hidden in it.

      Funny thing is, it was a one year front end style and you never see them. If I could find a brown hatchback one, Id be hard pressed not to buy it.



      (This but dark brown)


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      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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        Originally posted by MrBurgundy View Post
        "true mileage unknown"
        Mileage is meaningless with restorations.
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        [Car of the month: April 2018]

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          Love the Vert!! If only I had garage space.....Will be watching closely.

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            My mom had an electric green datsun 310 new. I did not think the car was cool then and still don't!

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              Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
              Why would somebody go through all the trouble of swapping a rusted out touring?
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                Originally posted by fastestbox View Post
                As someone in the process of swapping a 318is, I was very conflicted and started a thread on it here about whether or not it's the way to go. People told me that it would hurt the value, and that it'd be a waste or whatever, but decided on it anyways.

                There's still plenty of 318is with m42s on bringatrailer that don't get mad money for whatever reason, and at least for me, 80% of the late model e30s I see on craigslist in my area are 318s. Hell, there's one in better shape than mine for less than I paid right now.
                My 318is is getting a m54, I'm OK with doing it. The car is super high mileage and was really rough when I got it. The trans is F'd and the M42 has been nothing but reliable its not perfect. It's my first E30 so Its value is only to me.

                Also I think the 318is the only E30 i'd put a DOHC motor in. Because it came with one from the factory.. but that's just me being silly.
                91' 318is 90' 325is

                Originally posted by Sonny
                Buy the E30s, they ain't gonna last long
                E30 can make you, E30 can break you
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                  Originally posted by e30RS View Post
                  My mom had an electric green datsun 310 new. I did not think the car was cool then and still don't!
                  Have owned 110s, 210s and 310s in our family, and the 110 was the best of them! Proper fast back style and none of the fussy styling of the later ones, even with only 69hp they were fun to drive with only 730kg to push around and you felt like you were going 10x faster than you really were and 41mpg!



                  They were all good reliable cars - the 210 and 310 definitely weren't cool though...

                  Back on topic: is the S54 swapped touring really that rusty? Looks a bit of surface rust on a few parts, but it's not like the floor is rusted out etc. like plenty of e30s that get fixed up. The brown stuff on the floorpan looks like underbody wax that has half come off in the pics?
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                    Originally posted by E30 Wagen View Post
                    Why would somebody go through all the trouble of swapping a rusted out touring?

                    Originally posted by lukeADE335i View Post
                    Back on topic: is the S54 swapped touring really that rusty? Looks a bit of surface rust on a few parts, but it's not like the floor is rusted out etc. like plenty of e30s that get fixed up. The brown stuff on the floorpan looks like underbody wax that has half come off in the pics?

                    Rust also mentioned in the BaT comments - but - I am not convinced it's rust. If you look at the fuel tank (plastic) and the strapping that holds it in, there's that same red/brown all over it. Seeing the car is in KY, they might have some red clay roads. Seller should have cleaned it for the pics, though. I know when we race at Road Atlanta, there's red clay all in the run offs and is in every nook/cranny on the car after. Last race I pressure washed the car when we got it back to the shop and it turned my whole parking lot red.
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                      Originally posted by ForcedFirebird View Post
                      Rust also mentioned in the BaT comments - but - I am not convinced it's rust.
                      I wasn't talking about underneath, the rear arches are rusted, some I think near the bottom of the fenders/doors also. Any signs of rust like that are an instant NOPE from me. Rust is cancer. Haven't people figured out by now that the chassis is THE single most important part of a car? Anything on a car can be easily replaced, but not the chassis. So I ask again, why the hell anybody would s54 swap a rusted car????
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                        100% agreed! Especially when there are perfect cars available from places like CA. Why start with a rusty shell???


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                          Originally posted by E30 Wagen View Post
                          I wasn't talking about underneath, the rear arches are rusted, some I think near the bottom of the fenders/doors also. Any signs of rust like that are an instant NOPE from me. Rust is cancer. Haven't people figured out by now that the chassis is THE single most important part of a car? Anything on a car can be easily replaced, but not the chassis. So I ask again, why the hell anybody would s54 swap a rusted car????

                          Ah! I missed that previously. I was assuming it was a red under-body people were talking about.
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                            Yeah no way on an engine swap with a rust bucket. That just makes absolutely no sense.

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                              There are some badass cars up for auction rn..

                              15k one owner e39 m5... sheet

                              https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2000-bmw-m5-75/
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                                Originally posted by MrBurgundy View Post
                                There are some badass cars up for auction rn..

                                15k one owner e39 m5... sheet

                                https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2000-bmw-m5-75/
                                Thats going to be worth every penny it goes for, what a cool color combination.
                                91' 318is 90' 325is

                                Originally posted by Sonny
                                Buy the E30s, they ain't gonna last long
                                E30 can make you, E30 can break you
                                "He who controls the Nova's, controls the Boomers"

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