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      10-12-2011, 10:37 AM   #23
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I have to have a Vert, and will be putting a cage in it, so that will make it stiff enough along with the suspension upgrades. I hope.

It wont be a dedicated track car, I will drive it around too, since I live in SoCal, a very is awesome to have


rebuild the motor, new rings, seals, bolts, mounts, aggressive cam, and a turbo are my plans, if I can find something to start from
I see, sounds like you got solid plans.

If you are going turbo, i suggest trying to find a Super ETA, which is a 1988+ 325e. Swap on 325i head, intake manifold, DME, and you will have a low compression engine that is pushing close to 200 HP, perfect for turbo setups. With turbo you are looking 250+

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fail. the OP asked who had them
He asked questions for those who have them.
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I see, sounds like you got solid plans.

If you are going turbo, i suggest trying to find a Super ETA, which is a 1988+ 325e. Swap on 325i head, intake manifold, DME, and you will have a low compression engine that is pushing close to 200 HP, perfect for turbo setups. With turbo you are looking 250+
I thought 325e stopped production in 88? Why not just start with a 325i? Don't both have the same i6, just with different intake configurations, as you mentioned?
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I thought 325e stopped production in 88? Why not just start with a 325i? Don't both have the same i6, just with different intake configurations, as you mentioned?
Yea they did stop in 88, i meant as in 88+ as in production.

THey are both i6 but the head is different, valves werent the same and intake manifold were different as well. So use a super eta bottom, use the ihead and intake manifold and you will have a frankenstein 325
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heading to r3vlimited to get my education on...

EDIT: looks like a 91 318 is the best option. M42 is more rev-happy and the 318is is a bit lighter and more fun to drive. No problem to do an M52 with S52 parts for $2-3k for about 200whp. Hmmm....sounds like fun

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Im wondering who has one and an e9x?

and if you do have one, what did you pay for it and in what condition?

Im looking for an e30 drop top, project drift car

I own an e30 325i (89). I paid 1K for mine off my friend and the exterior was in crappy condition. The paint was oxidized so I had it resprayed. Off the top of my head I think I put a few grand into it if not a little more. The motor was running fine except for some piston slap which went away once the car warmed up. It had about 230K miles on the stock m20 motor and starting from a few months ago it started to leak oil from the head gasket but I'm having another m20 rebuild and swapped in within a month.

Since you're building one for a drift car I'm sure you won't care too much on the appearance of one or whether you want an earlier model with diving boards (pre 89) or one with plastic bumpers (89-91)..(through 92 for vert). I dunno about your area but e30s found on craigslist for a good deal usually get picked up pretty fast...at least for hard top which is what I have.

If you plan on swapping the motor (s50, s52, m50) then I'd probably look for an e30 for under 700 if everything is in decent shape. The average price for e30 325i hard tops in my area in good condition is around $3500-$5000. I'm not sure how much verts go for nowadays. If you can find a good conditioned one for under $2000 they usually get picked up pretty fast. Hope this helps. You can get more info on the e30s from e30tech.com or r3vlimited.com which is where I frequent daily for used parts and good technical info.
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Lol ya I want a 318is or a 325is, something with a factory LSD to play around with. Not even thinking M3, I would get an e36 or even e46 M3 first, but the e30 is so great looking and would be very fun for what I want it for

I found one for $3500 with some work in it, going to check it out tonight and see if its worth it. Only issue is... Its a hard top, not a drop top
I recently picked up a '88 325is with the newer bumpers on it for $3,500. It needs a little work, but should be a fun commuter car.



This is the look I may try to go for with it, but keeping it white.

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