Wednesday, August 5, 2009

1990 BMW 320i Touring

I've always wanted one of these. All the fun of an E30 with the practicality of a station wagon. Perfect. But, in BMW's eyes, I guess, it wasn't perfect for the North American market. BMW chose not to bring the E30 Touring to the US.

As far as I can tell, the wording is vague, a Canadian company (oddly called BMW of USA) is importing this car, but it has not yet left Europe.

I would not bid on this car. That has nothing to do with the company offering the car, they're probably a good, reputable company, it's just that getting this car into the US legally would be no small task. Any car less than 25 years old needs to comply with all the DOT and EPA regulations for the year it was manufactured. The big problem with this car is the 2.0 liter engine, which we never saw in the US. There are companies that can federalize it for you, but it's not cheap and you'd really have to want this car badly to go through the expense.

I'm just pointing this car out because it's rarely seen in the US. It's frustrating... In writing this blog I see so many cars I'd love to own, but can't. 9 out of 10 times it's because of their price. I realistically can't justify spending, or afford to spend, big money on an old car right now. This one, at approximately $4700.00 US, is extremely affordable but, because of the DOT and EPA regulations, I still can't own it. Urrgghh.

The eBay listing has a lot of really good, clear pictures. This appears to be a really nice example of an E30 Touring. It's worth checking out. Click here to see the listing.


Richard said...

I am with you on the DOT and EPA regulations, I can see why we have them, I just do not know why they are so damn strict. I wish we were a little more relaxed like Canada on car importation.

I guess you could throw in a 2.5 lump from a federalized 3 series, however I guess there is a lot more to it...hmmmm

otto said...

Urgh... automatic. Deal killer.