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    July 2019 Car of the Month: Powling

    ***Editors Note: Sometimes less is more and we've returned from a sexy modified 325i to a 318is. Stephen's car has been sort of under the radar, but Im sure that will all end with this. I got excited when I saw him searching for wheels, but sadly the original ones didnt pan out, but these BBS arent a bad second option haha. Congrats Stephen, you're R3Vs July 2019 Car of the Month***

    Factory options:
    318is (USA)
    Production Date: 1990-11-07
    Engine: M42
    Transmission: Manual
    Upholstery (0166) (Black leatherette)
    S400A Slidetilt Sunroof Manual
    S410A Window Lifts Electric Front
    S481A Sports Seat
    S675A Rear Audio System
    S520A Fog Lights
    S530A Air Conditioning
    S551A Onboard Computer II With Remote Control
    S209A Differential Lock 25
    S242A Steering Wheel Airbag
    S281A BMW LA Wheel Chromeplatedround Spoke
    S300A Emergency Spare Wheel
    L838A National Version Canada

    Brillantrot (308)

    Interior color:
    Original Black Leatherette

    Engine modifications:
    242k km’s (as of July 2019)
    Mess under the intake completed
    Black wrinkle painted intake manifold and valve cover
    Basic maintenance items like valve cover gasket, timing chain tensioner, etc. done since taking ownership

    SuperSprint M42 318is specific model (centre pipe + rear exhaust)


    Original factory 4.10 LSD

    Koni yellow adjustable struts
    H&R Super Sport springs
    M3 offset CAB’s
    E36 (non-M3) steering rack

    15x7 et 33 BBS RM’s, square on front and back. Originally 15x6.5’s but the previous owner bumped up with bigger lips when the wheels were rebuilt / refreshed
    15mm spacers in the rear only, no spacers up front
    Dunlop Direzza DZ102’s, 195/55/15 tires

    Exterior modifications:
    Hella Euro smiley headlights
    Euro grilles
    Euro front and rear bumper trim
    Full (8 hour) paint correction done in May 2018
    Antenna delete with sealed plug

    Interior modifications:
    M-Tech 1 large diameter steering wheel
    ZHP 5 speed gear knob
    Continental VDO head unit
    Euro analog clock

    Story behind the car:
    I had been looking for an E30 for a long time, and missed out on a really good, clean M3 shortly before coming into ownership of this 318is, but thats a story for another day.

    After scouring Kijiji / Craigslist for months, I posted a WTB ad on Kijiji as a last ditch effort. 3 weeks later I get a message from a very sweet lady saying she had a red coupe e30 she wanted to sell, but hadn’t listed it online anywhere yet. Long story short, she let her son drive the car one night and he got pulled over for “accidentally” chirping the tires around a corner in town. The cop threw the book at him and gave him MULTIPLE tickets for stunt driving, endangering the public, etc…so as punishment she told her son that she was selling the car. She wanted the car to go to an enthusiast and someone who would take care of it, and not some young teenager that would wreck it. We met locally, did a test drive and 15 minutes later it was mine. One of those “as soon as I saw it I knew I was buying it” situations.

    The car came with some good paperwork, and after reviewing the past ownerships I learned that the car was originally ordered in Ontario, Canada from new and has remained in the province ever since, through its 5-6 previous owners.

    Due to a previous owner being meticulous and caring, the car was under-sprayed early in its life, and rarely winter driven. The normal rust under the car is non-existent. Only one small circle under the battery box, but other than that its spotless (rust wise) underneath.

    I’ve owned the car since August 2016 and absolutely love it. Once a week it gets driven the 160km round trip commute I have for work, and once a month a bunch on locals and me do a BMW cruise for a day to get coffee, food, etc.

    Eventually I would like to give the car a respray in Brillantrot, along with a full refresh of the drivetrain (including some go fast goodies for the M42) and suspension maintenance. I foresee this car remaining with me for a long time, unless the right opportunity comes up to get into the right M3 in the future.

    Build thread is here

    Current Car:
    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
    -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project

    Make R3V Great Again -2020

    Wooohoooo! Beautiful car, beautiful photos. The RMs look amazing. Well deserved!


      Simple. Clean. Classic.


        Clean and simple. Hard to go wrong there. Looks great.
        2000 A4 1.8TQ | 1988 325is | 1976 280Z | 1953 CJ3B


          Red BMW > Any other color BMW


            Gorgeous super clean car. Congratulations! COTM indeed!
            1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
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              Wow! Looks like it just rolled of the assembly line.

              1990 325i
              2004 330i Individual 6-speed


                Looks great, congrats!


                  Is it the first already?! Fffffff.....

                  Wow, SUPER tidy car, very nice. And nice photos.


                    I dig it ...A lot but I am biased to Red 318is' :-)

                    BMWCCA #398608
                    IG @yagayo38

                    "The Best E30's were built with two camshafts four cylinders and sixteen valves!".


                      It's for cars like this that I look forward to COTM each month, congrats and beautiful car!
                      '86 325e Zinnoberrot /// '02 325ci Schwarz II /// '18 M4 Azurite Black Metallic ///

                      Albie325 Build Thread | Albie325 COTM Jan 2021


                        Isnt it crazy what is hiding out here on R3V... update those build threads people!
                        Current Car:
                        -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                        -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project

                        Make R3V Great Again -2020


                          Absolutely gorgeous, I enjoyed the build thread too!
                          I do things.


                            Congratulations Steve! A very well deserved honour.


                              Super clean, looks fantastic! Definitely a well-deserved COTM.
                              Originally posted by kronus
                              would be in depending on tip slant and tube size