Word in the pub would be that the legendary and far-beloved BMW E30, the three-Series for the majority of the 1980s and some of the 1990s, is becoming too rare and valuable to appear in America’s big self-service wrecking yards. Not convinced! I see E30s in many of Colorado, Arizona, and California yards I frequent within my travels. Recently, I walked right into a big Denver-area wrecking yard having a mission: photograph the very first E30 I saw. Here you go, a faded-but-intact 1991 325i sedan.
It did not quite achieve the magical 200,000-mile mark, however it averaged approximately 7,000 miles for every year it had been on the highway.
Yes, we have an automatic transmission, however that should not have stopped a fanatic from snapping up this vehicle for any couple of hundred dollars after which swapping inside a cent-a-dozen 5-speed from an E28.
The paint has not fared well underneath the onslaught from the mile-high sun and frequent hailstorms.
The initial factory manuals remained as within the vehicle if this found this sad location. The separate book for that weather-band feature from the factory radio is at place.
1991 was the this past year for that E30 within the U . s . States, and was substituted with the larger E36. The number of junkyard E36s to E30s in California and Colorado wrecking yards is all about 4:1 nowadays, but lots of mechanical goodies from E36s will swap in to the earlier cars (really, E46s are actually turning up in quantity too). Horsepower within the 1991 325i was 168 horsepower, that was okay for any 3,021-pound sedan for the reason that era.
Automakers offered hordes of imitation E30s during the 1980s … including, apparently, the Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon, as to put into practice the very first identifiable vehicle within this advertisement.