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Old 05-08-2019, 09:25 AM   #1
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'91 Vert Questions

Hello! New guy here!

Apologies if this isn't the correct forum space for this. Please move if needed.

I'm looking at buying a '91 E30 Convertible. Some details:

- Same owner since 2006
- All services records from that date to present
- BMW dealer service history from Nov. 1991 thru Mar. 2001
- Original paint
- 178,000 miles
- Wants $5,000

Does this seem like a reasonable price? It seems very well maintained from photos, but this would be my first E30 purchase and am wondering if I'm missing anything.

Any constructive feedback or help is appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:08 AM   #2
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At $5000 for a cabrio with that kind of mileage I would want to see as close to perfection as possible ... a working soft top in good condition, nice upholstery, crack-free dash, absolutely no rust anywhere, all electrical items working, no open maintenance items, and a 5-speed

What color is it?

Are there any other options such as hard top, wind screen, upgraded wheels/tires, etc.?
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:11 AM   #3
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Soft top is electronic and has no leaks, no cracks in upholstery or dash, garage kept, buuuut is not a 5-speed.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:14 AM   #4
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Soft top is electronic and has no leaks, no cracks in upholstery or dash, garage kept, buuuut is not a 5-speed.


Manual conversions are relatively easy but depends on your level of skill to keep costs sensible.

Bodywork is $$$- what is that like?


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Old 05-08-2019, 10:21 AM   #5
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If the interior and exterior is clean for a 28 year old car, buy it.

E30 maintenance is relatively cheap, especially if you do it yourself.

You can get a full 5 speed swap with quality parts for around 1k. I hate convertibles, but if you really want one, get it.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:41 AM   #6
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It looks like it's in really great shape.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:42 AM   #7
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A couple more.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:47 AM   #8
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If it’s all original panels, no rust or serious accident history. Buy it. It’s a steal at that price with today’s market. Also make sure the current owners aren’t pressuring you to buy it, usually a clear indicator that there is something wrong with the car.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:10 AM   #9
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That looks really nice.
Not a lot of small bumper cabrios out there.
$5k seems reasonable.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:35 AM   #10
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If you don’t buy that today, at that price, it will be gone by the weekend. That’s a fair price for a clean car if there’s no rust anywhere.

If you really plan to keep this car fresh you’ll need another $1,000 for general stuff like exhaust, rubber bushings/seals, all fluids and filters, and a timing belt service.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:27 PM   #11
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Great info!

The following was done in December of 2017: Timing belt and tensioner, water pump, water pump pulley, new a/c, p/s and alt belts, radiator replaced, valve adjustment, replaced the oil pan gasket, p/s fluid, diff fluid, trans fluid and engine oil and filter.


Sounds overall like a really good find for the price!
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:10 PM   #12
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Very clean calypsorot! The PNW climate is kind to cars. Much to like there.

Budget $150 to add the Garagistic x-brace to it and you'll have a nice little cruiser to enjoy.
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1998 Volvo S70 T5 manual - White / Taupe
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:19 PM   #13
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I have a bunch of pieces that would help that convertible a lot. Check my for sale thread.
New seals, X brace, etc. I would give you a pretty good deal for such a clean e30
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:53 PM   #14
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Nice find! I got mine for $1800 1990 convertible 185k miles. Broken windshield, blown struts, oil leak, but everything was original and owned by a lady since 2000. With all the money Iíve spent getting the engine n tune up. Iím up to $1500 in parts n labor.


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Old 05-08-2019, 03:34 PM   #15
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Buy it. worth the money
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