This car handles better than my Mini cooper. If you love to drive, this is a really fun car, especially if you install an aftermarket sport suspension. With the right tires, this car is almost impossible to spin out of control. The downsides are: the cost of the replacement parts are twice a regular E30; fuel economy drops to about 20 city, 23 hwy, and its a bit heavier (3000 lbs) compared to a regular E30 (2840 lb), hince a little slower. The 1988 was the best year, had all the best options, fender flares, Recaro seats, power everything.
limited slip rear diff. Recaro seats. Great style. Handles like no other.
This car has been an excellent vehicle. I have owned it for about 9 years now and I routinely dust most new cars. This car is an absolute rocket once you get into the power band which is in the 3500 rpm range. On the highway I get around 24-26mpg, but around town it is always at 20mpg. Considering the way the I drive, this is excellent. Handling is awesome! I point the nose and like a needle it threads its way through traffic. It is almost like you think about your next move and it obeys. Final thought..If you find one with low mileage...BUY IT!
Bought it used w/110K on it, have added
60K of my own with plans to keep it a
long time. This car is a tank - solid
construction. Keep it regularly
maintained, shop around for a mechanic -
prices swing wildly - and it will keep
going and going.
trustworthy. solidity. lovely and
sensible styling - the last of the
angular cars from bmw. fun driving. big
aftermarket accessory selection so you
can customize suspension, exhaust,
chips, etc if you want.
electrical is the weakest link - my
particular car doesn't seem to like
moisture in the air - the sensor lights
will falsely light up if it's damp out.
This is my second E30. Very reliable
if you keep up on suggested routine
maintenance. Yes, they aren't perfect
but their character will win you over.
Very respectable performance and
impressive craftmenship. These cars
are built to last. You won't be sorry.
BMW has impeccable standards and it
Handling. Design. Quality. Leather
still looks like new after 14 years!
Not many NEW cars can compare to the
feel of this car. The steering is so
precise, the car is linear and stays
that way even when you stomp on it in
snow. Very comfortable driving position
and all controls are right where they
Reliability & repairs have been a
problem. Not sure if I would buy
another bimmer for this reason.
Leather interior, sport seats, sunroof,
posi rear end, overall look of the car.
Cruise control lever (instead of a mess
of buttons as on other cars).
Reliability. Water pump failed; air cond
VERY expensive to fix, switches stick &
break, bulbs blow & sensors come on: low
coolant, brake pad wear... It leaks
oil. More torque, exp at low RPM.