I'm considering buying a '87 E30 325i cabriolet. The car looks
promising, without too much rust. Brakelines, fuel lines, cabriolet have
been changed the last two years, same with the calipers and brakediscs.
I am mostly worried about the engine and worn camshafts, bad
compression, oil leak and things like that.
Other than what I have mentioned what should I look out for?
I just bought an 87 325i Cabrio & love it. I have been told that they
only weak feature on these cars is the power top mechanism if fittied.
Mine has the manual top so the problem does not exist for me.
Yeah, the one I got had 10k km left before the cambelts were due, but
the car had been stored for some time so I opted to change them right
away. Same with oil, filter, servo-belts and alternator-belts.
Good to know the status of things that might cost serious bucks if it
Soft brake lines too, I think fall into the category. They should
not be on a car if five years old or older and are all date coded. It's
a good idea to change the brake fluid every year as well whcih can extend the
life of the calipers to absurdly long lives if you do this.
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There are new steelbraided brakelines and new calipers on the car... ;-)
The brake fluid has to be changed though. It's black. I also discovered
yesterday that the engine was resting directly on the metal. All rubber
of the enginemounts was just bits and pieces of rubber. So I changed that
too. Rear mounts were also gone.
The slip clutch on the engine fan was gone as well, and the rotor and
distributor cap looked like it was never changed. Tips were all worn
out. The sparkplugs looked good. No deposit to talk of, but worn. So
they were changed too.
So there is plenty of work to do on the car, but overall it is a very
good car. Not as good as it intially looked, but far over the average
condition of the other cars I have looked at.
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