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    '88 325is Alpine White

    A few years ago I had no idea e30s existed. Saw one drive past me at school, looked it up, found r3v, and it all went downhill from there...



    I figured it was time to stop lurking and share my car. Bought it back in August 2017 after about 6 months of searching. I discovered Glen Shelly auto brokers and Alex connected me to the seller. This car has had 6 owners before me, but thankfully each one of them took great care of it. It's got maintenance records since 2001 and checked most of my boxes.

    This is my daily, track car, road trip machine, and whatever else I need it to be.








    Car Info
    Type: AA13
    Model: 325is – USA
    Engine: M20
    Displacement: 2.50
    Transmission: Manual
    Color: Alpine White 2 (218)
    Upholstery: Black Leather (0203)
    Production Date: 6/30/1988
    209 Limited Slip Differential
    324 Front “iS” Spoiler (sadly MIA)
    401 Power Sunroof
    410 Power Windows
    481 Sport Driver and Passenger Seats
    530 Air Conditioning
    540 Cruise Control
    551 (13-Button) On-Board Computer
    562 Map Light Mirror
    708 M Tech 1 Steering Wheel


    Engine
    Miller 3-Inch Intake / MAF Conversion with Kamotors CAI
    Miller Tune
    19-Pound Fuel Injectors
    Electric Cooling Fan
    Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator
    Billy Boat Tri-Flow Cat-Back Exhaust
    Dyno run at 148whp and 166 lb/ft of torque

    Transmission
    Z4 Shifter

    Suspension
    ‘96 e36 M3 steering rack
    H&R Sport Springs
    Bilstein Sport Shocks
    22mm Front Sway Bar
    18mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
    Adjustable Sway Bar End Links
    Reinforced Rear Sway Bar Attachments
    Treehouse Racing Solid Control Arm Bushings
    Garagistic Front strut brace
    Hawk HPS brake pads

    Wheels
    RONAL LS 15x7.5
    currently on Dunlop Direzza Dz102 205/50/15
    Toyo R888r 225/50/15

    Interior
    Mint dash
    Working R134 A/C
    MTech 1 steering wheel
    ZHP shift knob
    Gearswitch cupholder

    Audio
    Alpine CDE-147BT USB/bluetooth
    Alpine Type R components
    Alpine SWR-8D2 subwoofer
    38hz tuned sub box (luke box?)
    Alpine MRP-300 and MRP-500 amps

    Exterior
    Plastic Bumper swap
    Projector Headlights
    Euro Grills
    Euro Blind Spot Driver’s Mirror
    Euro Rear License Plate Filler
    Antenna delete after it tried to escape


    Most of these parts were installed before I bought the car, but it was set up exactly how I wanted. I've put 20,000 miles on it and done a few small fixes and modifications in the last couple years.

    To Do List:
    remote entry key
    fix surface rust spots
    -pass fender
    -pop out windows
    fix clear coat on passenger rear fender
    replace seat shocks
    driver door card clips
    front/back seat rips
    AC button backlight
    HVAC fiber optics
    fix horn
    low beam
    turn signal lense
    track wheels
    iS lip
    M20 build?

    Anyways, here's some more pictures


    Track day at High Plains Raceway last year where my headlight got cracked by an open-wheel car which is why its taped up now, and also for race car street cred


    Soon after convincing my college buddy to buy an e30



    And a few sunset photos from yesterday. My iS lip was stolen on a road trip back from South Carolina so if anyone has one to sell let me know



    The plan is to keep it somewhat OEM+. The suspension is sorted since the rack swap last year, but now I want more power- so hopefully this thread turns into an M20 build with ITBs and the works

    #2
    Great looking car! Looks like we have similar build styles. I'll be building out a mild 2.7l stroker once I get the rear suspension and 5 speed swap done in my car.

    Keep up the work! Looking forward to seeing the progress!

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      #3
      Great looking E30! You have impeccable taste. ;D

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        #4
        Nice car! Very tasteful mods


        '91 318is - Aluminum block M52/ZF/Torsen 3.15 and fresh paint
        '05 330Ci ZHP 6MT - DD
        '03.5 Mazdaspeed Protege - Sold
        '91 318i Sterling Silver project - Sold :sad:
        '91 325i auto coupe - Sold
        '90 325iC - Sold
        '91 318i - Project/dead engine- Sold

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          #5
          Fantastic looking E30!

          I remember the days of convincing all of my buddies to buy E30's. Great times.

          Those rims and tires look just the right amount of meaty. Reminds me of my old E30's final wheel/tire setup.
          My previous build (currently E30-less)
          http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

          A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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            #6
            great intro. good lookin' car!

            How is that Miller MAF working out for you? How long have you been running it?

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              #7
              Thanks everyone!

              Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
              Great looking E30! You have impeccable taste. ;D
              As do you sir

              Originally posted by jeenyus View Post
              great intro. good lookin' car!

              How is that Miller MAF working out for you? How long have you been running it?
              It was installed when I bought the car with a hot air filter on it. It feels better than the other e30s I've driven as far as response and power. The only issue is a sort of surging idle on rare occasions. I think it has something to do with temperature but I haven't pinpointed the cause. Other than that its been great.

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                #8
                Originally posted by moziller View Post
                Thanks everyone!







                As do you sir







                It was installed when I bought the car with a hot air filter on it. It feels better than the other e30s I've driven as far as response and power. The only issue is a sort of surging idle on rare occasions. I think it has something to do with temperature but I haven't pinpointed the cause. Other than that its been great.
                That's good to hear. Mine had had an issue with the voltage it's sending to the ECU so I've been running lean. Miller is terrible with customer service, worse than anyone I've ever dealt with. I wouldn't expect any support if it's ever needed, so I'm glad it's still working right. Mine was great when it was great.

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                  #9
                  I really like it...I like it 'lot
                  1991 318is
                  2004 330ci
                  2011 335d

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                    #10
                    Awesome car! Love the mods, well done.

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                      #11
                      Great looking car! Glad to see another Colorado owner.

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