Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1992 BMW E30 Convertible

The Cabriolet was the last of the E30 BMWs. BMW discontinued the E30 3 Series sedans in 1991 and replaced them with the E36 3 Series, but they kept building the E30 convertible for another 2 years.

These are remarkably durable cars. Not much goes wrong with them. With normal maintenance it's pretty easy to get over 200,000 miles out of them. Due to the weight of the large strengthening sections BMW added to prevent the scuttle shake, the convertible is not quite as quick as the 2 and 4 door versions, but it's still entertaining, if not exciting, to drive. The 2.5 liter engine puts out 164 HP and the car reached 60 MPH in under 9 seconds. (The E30 M3 is exciting to drive, but will cost you much more)

The later (91-93) E30 convertibles are the ones to have. BMW revised the bumpers and the car has a much cleaner look to it.

This car is remarkable for its original condition. As these cars depreciated they were bought up by a younger crowd who, for the most part, either neglected them or modified them. This car appears to be completely stock and well maintained. Being a Southern California car, there appears to be no rust.

The color red suits this car well. The stock BMW rims look great. The interior looks clean, with just some normal wear on the driver's seat. Maybe the only drawback to this car is the automatic transmission, but that's something I could learn to live with.

I wish I didn't have to work for a living. This is the type of car I'd love to buy in California and then take my time driving it home to Massachusetts.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this car.


Richard said...

E30's are a solid buy, might go as far as saying the best all round car to come out of the 80's. A future classic, they are already commanding some serious prices and I have yet to see any semi-decent E30 convertible to fetch less than $5k in California. The seller also has a four door, 325i, condition looks perfect, 145k on the clock for just $2800.

Ron said...

I agree with you Richard. These are great cars, but I'm not sure they will ever be really valuable. BMW made many many e30s.