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How to Replace a BMW E30 3-Series Convertible Top

2019-05-07T19:09:19-04:00May 7th, 2019|About, BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs, Tech Tips|

If you’re like me, you drive a convertible on nice days. If you are even more like me, you avoid driving on rainy days since it tends to rain more inside the car than outside. This is, of course, thanks to a convertible top littered with pinholes and barely sealed around the windows. Nothing is [...]

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The E30 Project Update and News

2019-04-10T19:49:02-04:00April 10th, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Project Cars|

Okay, I promise, the E30 content is going to stop in the next few days. Right now, I am still dug in deep working on fully preparing my 1988 E30 cabriolet for some road trips that will take me all across the East Coast this summer. You can read all about what broke, what I [...]

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Ongoing Project: The M52 Swapped BMW E30 Vert Restomod

2019-05-07T19:24:48-04:00April 1st, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain|

As you might have read, I am in the middle of perhaps the biggest project I have undertaken since I initially rebuilt my car. When I first swapped the old M20 out for an M52 in my E30, I replaced everything up front but left all the parts behind the transmission as they were. The [...]

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Do It Right, Do It Once: My 1988 BMW E30 Convertible and the Importance of Genuine Parts

2018-09-18T20:58:33-04:00September 18th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain, General, Tech Tips|

It takes a special kind of person to pursue a passion they enjoy despite the existence of more convenient, more capable, and arguably more livable alternatives. With cars, the choice to drive something that is thirty years old or more requires the acceptance that some areas of ownership will be more time-consuming and labor-intensive than [...]

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Then and Now: Comparing the BMW 3-Series E30 to the Modern F30

2018-07-19T14:04:24-04:00July 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

In the mid-eighties, BMW released the second generation 3-series with its new E30 chassis as the sports car aimed at a market of enthusiasts with a taste for refined luxury and simple practicality. The car evolved over the years and truly became one of the all-time automotive greats, as its namesake is [...]

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How to Adjust Camber and Caster in your BMW E30 1984-1992

2018-05-30T15:29:49-04:00May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

If you own an E30, then you have no doubt experienced some of the inconveniences that go along with driving that wonderful car. Though it is still God’s Chariot, the E30 chassis has some drawbacks. Namely, the factory suspension is not adjustable for camber or caster. This alignment problem causes serious issues for the [...]

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Best Coilovers for your BMW E30 3-Series from CATuned

2018-04-16T20:01:41-04:00April 16th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Suspension|

When it comes to modern companies focused on vintage BMW support, the list is not a long one. Over the years, names like Hartge, AC Schnitzer, Zender, Husco, and more have been replaced by contemporary equivalents. These new companies refuse to let the aging pre-90’s BMWs fade away into obscurity. CATuned is one of [...]

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Vendor Spotlight: MKAH Motorsports Weight Reduction for your BMW E30 or E36

2018-02-27T22:17:38-05:00February 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

If you fall in the camp of BMW enthusiasts who competitively drive their E30s and E36s rather than stand by them, then you know how important weight reduction and aero are for shaving seconds off your split times. While it is easy to take everything but the essentials from inside the car, you are left [...]

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What to Know: Buying Your First BMW E30 3-Series

2017-10-13T20:27:32-04:00September 12th, 2017|BMW, Body & Exterior, Braking, Buying Guide, DIYs, Drivetrain, ECS Nation, Engine, Exhaust, General, Intake, Interior, Performance, Project Cars, Suspension, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Wheels|

Regarded as one of the most successful and desirable enthusiast cars, the BMW E30 3-series offers a connected and dynamic driving experience in a vintage car without being overly expensive or difficult to maintain. Known for their rear wheel drive, six cylinder, manual transmission variants, BMW continued their sport-compact segment with the new E30 [...]

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