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    New E30 Addict - My 89 Lachssilber 325is (Pictures Fixed)

    I picked her up back in January, so I figured it was time I posted some pictures, introduced myself and stopped lurking in the Forsale Forums.

    Background - 133k on the clock with 2 previous owners both in VA, 1st owner had her for 17 years. Came with extensive service records and a bunch of recent maintenance work recently completed as a bonus. Awesome interior and no rust. The original owner put OEM sheepskin covers on it the day they bought it. They even bought a second pair later on, so the interior is stellar. Paint is in decent shape. From 10 feet it looks good, but up close it needs some love. Hoping a good polishing will work wonders or perhaps a respray down the road.

    I sold my S2000 (don't flame me too hard, l loved that car) about 4 years ago to buy a house, and then came my daughter and I haven't really had the funds to get another toy. My long time friend Dan (danielmp) got me hooked on the E30 and it seemed like a good & affordable way to get me back into something fun to drive. He didn't have to try to hard, I was hooked pretty quickly.

    Night I brought her home:


    Sheering off those sheep skin covers


    From the picture before you can tell the car needed a good vacuuming and full interior detail


    Leatherique'd the interior


    New OEM Silver floor mats... Recently Silver went NLA, but found a guy that had 1 last set in stock ;)



    Installed DDM 55W 5000K HIDs into the ellipsoids and adjusted the aim as needed


    Husco Armrest from the wife for my birthday!


    Some new goodies from Blunttech


    Swapped in a used but working drivers side window motor...No more grinding!


    Walking to the bus stop this morning



    New Recaro for the munchkin - Sofia's first E30 ride on Wednesday.


    Other things so far:
    Replaced intake boot and vacuum hoses
    Picked up some IS skirts but haven't installed yet
    Replaced spark plugs
    Replaced Fuel Filter
    Replaced 02 Sensor
    Replaced air filter
    Replaced SI board
    Replaced interior lights with LEDs
    E28 leather ebrake handle
    Installed keyless entry
    Swapped 173 ECU for 173 ECU with BMP Chip

    More to come....
    Last edited by Zeemz; 05-25-2012, 04:19 PM.
    1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
    1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
    September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
    Youtube Track & Autocross Videos



    #2
    Pics... meow!

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      #3
      can't wait for pics - love this color!
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        #4
        Whoops had it set to private, sorry the pictures weren't showing up before.
        1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
        1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
        September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
        Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


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          #5
          Your first E30? Definitely starting with a good example and you're doing all the right things. If the timing belt and water pump haven't been replaced recently then that should definitely be your next job, but if they have then definitely moar low.

          I've seen a couple of those Recaro baby seats, they're awesome and supposedly really hard to find.

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            #6
            i love e30's and all but i would LOVE to have an s2000!
            Originally posted by blunttech
            r3v does not fuck around. First you get banned, then they shoot you

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              #7
              needs less monotone. silver paint, and grey interior looks kinda weird. but other than that looks good.

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                #8
                the silver on grey is classic German drab!

                OP.. consider doing suspension bushings (CABs RTABs and subframe bushings) and driveline mounts next. a full overhaul of those major areas with OEM rubber should be less than $300 and supposedly works wonders! and may I recommend a z3 2.8 shifter and new shifter bushings? again, another low-buck mod that really improves the driving experience.

                I love that recaro seat too.. lucky kid!
                buy my m20/g260 parts

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                  #9
                  As part of the deal the following maintenance was done just before I picked her up:
                  Replaced diff seals
                  Changed Diff and Trans fluid
                  Replaced Oil pressure relief valve
                  Replaced front lower control arm bushings

                  Within 100 miles before I bought the car:
                  Replaced timing belt & tensioner (water pump was replaced last time, I would have done both but this was before I was trying to buy the car)
                  Replaced rear transmission mounts
                  Used Exhaust was also swapped, old one had a few holes in it
                  Last edited by Zeemz; 05-26-2012, 08:09 AM.
                  1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                  1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                  September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                  Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


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                    #10
                    You lucky man, so clean and you are doing it right! Enjoy her.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Cliche Guevara View Post
                      Your first E30? Definitely starting with a good example and you're doing all the right things. If the timing belt and water pump haven't been replaced recently then that should definitely be your next job, but if they have then definitely moar low.

                      I've seen a couple of those Recaro baby seats, they're awesome and supposedly really hard to find.
                      This is my first E30. Suspension is on the list, just want to get through the general maintenance/clean up first and foremost.

                      In the DC area a couple of store carry the Recaro seats, but I actually bought this one (Recaro ProSport) and the one for my wife's car (Recaro ProRide) on Amazon. Amazon was $70 cheaper than the retail stores, plus free shipping; Amazon Prime FTW. We were Tboned when a lady ran a red light in our X3 when our daughter was 3 months old. Luckily everyone was ok. Who better to make your kids car seat than one of the most trusted racing seat manufactures in the world.
                      Last edited by Zeemz; 05-26-2012, 08:25 AM.
                      1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                      1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                      September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                      Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by evandael View Post
                        the silver on grey is classic German drab!

                        OP.. consider doing suspension bushings (CABs RTABs and subframe bushings) and driveline mounts next. a full overhaul of those major areas with OEM rubber should be less than $300 and supposedly works wonders! and may I recommend a z3 2.8 shifter and new shifter bushings? again, another low-buck mod that really improves the driving experience.

                        I love that recaro seat too.. lucky kid!
                        I also really like the silver on the grey interior. Silver on Cardinal would be sweeter, but I like the silver on grey over silver on black.

                        RTAB = Rear Trailing Arm Bushings???

                        The Z3 1.9 shifter and bushings is also on the short list.
                        Last edited by Zeemz; 05-26-2012, 08:28 AM.
                        1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                        1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                        September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                        Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ZM Blue Devil View Post
                          You lucky man, so clean and you are doing it right! Enjoy her.
                          Thanks Levent! I was hoping to bring her up to G-Fest, but wasn't able to make it. Hopefully next year.
                          1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                          1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                          September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                          Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


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                            #14
                            I used to live in Arlington. You close by?
                            Last edited by Isostar13; 05-29-2012, 06:50 AM.
                            1988 325ix

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                              #15
                              Zeemz is a lucky man, the interior on this car is so ridiculously clean it looks brand new. Car drives great too, turbine smooth m20 and tight suspension I went to look at it with him when he picked it up and there is not a speck of rust and the underside was pretty pristine. Very jealous and I've called dibs on this in case he gets crazy and goes back to a s2000.

                              Can't wait to see where you take her over the next couple years. Like that you are stressing maintenance before upgrades. Keep up the good work.

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