The 316i (not sold in the U.S) featured a 1.6L M40B16 inline-four, which first appeared in the E30 in 1987 as an economy, low maintenance engine. Unlike most BMW engines, the M40 featured a timing belt rather than chain
All Touring models come with four wheel disc brakes (vented in the front)
The E30 was designed by the German car designer Claus Luthe. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential European car designers of the modern era
Interiors of these cars are incredibly well built. Unlike many European cars at the time, the E30 didn’t use a foam-backed headliner, which were known for losing adhesion and sagging due to disintegrating foam. The same can be said for the door panels
The E30 featured electric door locks that were virtually instantaneous, with no delay
To help the E30 feel “roomier” inside, BMW installed a highly compact semi-trailing arm suspension in the rear. This setup allowed for excellent cabin and trunk space
Unfortunately, semi-trailing arms are not ideal for handling (on paper, at least) as they are notorious for dynamic toe and camber changes when the wheels move up and down during hard cornering. This can cause bump steer and a loss of rear grip. The “semi” refers to the sweep angle of the arm, which is 15 degrees in the E30 (a pure trailing arm would be zero degrees). Essentially, the wheels see increased negative camber as the trailing arm moves up during compression (suspension gets loaded during hard cornering). On the contrary, the wheels toe in and gain positive camber as they are unloaded
This isn’t to say the E30 can’t handle – it just makes it trickier around a race track compared to other suspension designs. It produces a “tail happy” characteristic that many drivers enjoy
The drivetrain of a 325i (as well as a widened version of its front suspension) was used in the BMW Z1 roadster
Key Model Year Changes:
All E30 variants ended production this year except for the Touring, which lasted until 1994
All E30 Touring models are built at the Dingolfing plant moving forward, since production of the rest of the E30 lineup at the Regensberg plant has terminated
Changes between 1991-1994 Touring models were minimal, if any, as all the focus had shifted toward E36 production (which had already begun in 1991)
40k original miles
5spd. Lazur Blue
Imported from Germany
Slicktop (no sunroof)
New tires, headliner, hood pads, belts, oil
Florida title in hand
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida – (more photos below)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
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