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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#30040 of 30250 Re: Cars are meant [nyccarguy]
Dec 10, 2008 (9:37 am)
Congrats on baby #1 as well as getting your E30 running! I probably won't be able to really tear into the '02 until early spring. I bought a MOMO steering wheel adapter so my Alpina wheel is being used again after 16 years of hanging on the garage wall, and I cleaned a few fuse contacts which restored my turn signals and high beams. Right now the plan is to get it ready to drive to the 2009 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, where BMW will be the featured marque. If everything works out we'll join a caravan of other '02s and have a blast.
My To-Do List includes:
1. R&R the heater blower motor and rennovate the heater box while I have it out
2. Replace passenger floor board- a friend will do the welding, I'll do everything else.
3. Replace headliner as well as the windshield/rear window gaskets- I'll definitely farm those jobs out!
4. Replace carpet
5. Fit dash cap over cracked dash(or-if I hit Powerball-get a recovered dash)
6. Recover front seats or replace with 320iS Recaros
7. Recover rear seat and parcel tray and fit new speakers out of sight
8. Replace interior door panels- cleaning and adjusting the window and lock mechanisms while I'm in there.
9. Replace the '80s vintage radio with a period correct Becker or Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo radio- with a hidden iPod input
10. Rebuild pedal box
11. Replace radiator with a more efficient unit and fit the "tropical" fan
12. (If I have any money left)Replace all the chrome upper body trim using stainless fasteners.
My fall-back position will be to take my 318ti, which is kind of a spiritual heir of the 2002, what with it's spunky(especially since I've fitted a TMS/Conforti chip) four cylinder and semi-trailing arm rear suspension.
#30041 of 30250 turning back odometers
Dec 12, 2008 (12:53 am)
I'm looking at 318ti's--'95-99. Heard about one having the odometer turned back. Anyone know if this is even possible or probable? I thought since the computer age odometers were digital and beyond manipulating.
#30042 of 30250 Re: turning back odometers [miket5]
Dec 12, 2008 (11:41 am)
I thought since the computer age odometers were digital and beyond manipulating.
It can be done. It's also possible that a cluster from a car with lower mileage was swapped in. A red dot in the mileage display indicates that the odo has been tampered with.
#30043 of 30250 Temperature issues
Dec 12, 2008 (2:26 pm)
Since last night, my oil temperature gauge has trouble getting to the normal operating temperature (center of the gauge) and moves slightly to the left at times. Is it the thermostat or could something else be happening too?
Thanks in advance!
#30044 of 30250 Re: Temperature issues [akv25]
Dec 12, 2008 (7:13 pm)
Sounds like the thermostat to me.
Dec 14, 2008 (8:09 pm)
Tomorrow my '01 Honda Prelude Type SH (105K+ miles) is getting the day off. We're expecting low 50 degree weather here in New York & I'm going to take my E30 325iA (82,700 miles) to work tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to cut out for a few minutes (one of many advantages to being the boss' son) to take it to have its new shoes (14s) put on. I'm really excited!
#30046 of 30250 3er for my son
Dec 15, 2008 (6:36 am)
Okay, I've had and E46 and and E64. Now I'd like to go a bit more basic and find an older 3 series for my son. I'm not too interested in an E46, but perhaps an E30 or E36 sedan for him. I'd like to be able to do the majority of the work on it myself with him. We're not looking to spend too much as historically speaking, first cars don't fare so well with newer drivers.
What kind of price can I reasonably expect to pay for one ready to drive in decent shape?
Anybody got some leads on nice ones?
#30047 of 30250 Re: 3er for my son [erickpl]
Dec 15, 2008 (1:13 pm)
I'd look for a 1991 318i/318is. E30 platform, terrific M42 four cylinder. Only downside may be the fact that an AT is not available. You should be able to find a nice one for under $5000. I almost nabbed a nice 318is for $2600 this fall, but it sold before I could check it out...
#30048 of 30250 Re: 3er for my son [roadburner]
by kyfdx HOST
Dec 15, 2008 (1:20 pm)
The other downside is they only made that model for one year... Really hard to find a good one..
What about the 318ti (and, why didn't you think of it! )?
#30049 of 30250 Re: 3er for my son [kyfdx]
Dec 15, 2008 (1:42 pm)
The ti wouldn't be a bad choice either, I just like the E30.