BMW E30 325i Cabriolet
- Mileage: 63,296
- Year: 1993
- MOT Expiry: May 2018
- Exterior Colour: Diamond Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Silver Leather
- Top speed: 128
- 0-60mph: 10.5
- BHP: 168
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 2494cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
Replacing the E21 chassis in 1982 the E30 chassis spanned twelve years of production and overlapped its successor, the E36 introduced in 1990, by 4 years.
Early models featured the four-pot M10 and straight-six M20 engines used in the E21. The major update for the E30 took place in 1987 where the M20 engine was fitted with Bosch Motronic injection and the M10 engine replaced with the M40 engine again utilising motronic. The chrome bumpers were also replaced with black ones in late 89 and the rear light made slightly bigger during this minor face lift.
The E30 was credited with a spacious cabin and a light curb weight, this was due to the suspension design that utilize Macpherson front struts and rear semi trailing arms. It was also the first 3 series to receive a service light indicator and warning light.
The 325i convertible was the first drop top solely built by BMW closely followed by the 320i convertible. The early E30 convertibles were converted by Baur, a coachbuilder located in Stuttgart credited with early full factory authorization. To strengthen the chassis and reduce scuttle shake BMW added plates to the front suspension turrets and built in chassis beams down the length of the car helping to reduce flex or twist in the chassis after removing the metal roof.
4-Speed automatic transmission, 14-inch cross-spoke alloys, Sport leather steering wheel, Sport leather upholstery, Soft-top in black, Electric windows front and rear, Analogue clock, Lockable glove compartment, BMW torch, Cigarette lighter, Ashtray, Carpet mats, Panasonic cassette radio, Immobiliser, Spare key.
This 3-Series is presented with Diamond Black paint, a smart and refined looking colour with a deep metallic flake under close inspection. The paintwork remains in excellent useable condition with only a small amount of stone chips to be found towards the front. Being a facelift example the car sports body-coloured bumpers, all of which are free from any major scuffs or damage. The light lenses are also free from any cracks or moisture. The manually operated black soft-top is in great condition with zero rips and a clear plastic rear screen.
The interior space is upholstered with silver leather, a great contrast to the black paintwork. The seats are showing minimal wear to the bases and bolsters. The rear seats are also clean with little evidence of significant use. The dashboard and centre console are unmarked with no cracks to be found in common areas such as the dash top. Other items such as the switchgear and steering wheel remain in particularly fine fettle showing little wear. A period correct Panasonic cassette player can also be found in place.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2.5 straight six engine starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature just as it should. The engine bay retains a clean appearance with no signs of damage, poor repair, or corrosion to any of the inner panels. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a silken 4-speed automatic transmission. The E30 was most recently serviced at 58k miles in 2016, which also included a timing belt change.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The BMW sits on a set of 14-inch BBS alloy wheels. Upon close inspection the wheels are in good condition with only a few marks to note. The tyres are showing ample tread all round and a recent invoice shows a set of replacement brake pads.
The BMW was first registered in March 1993. The history file is complete with handbooks, invoices, and a stamped service booklet with the following entries:
13,996 miles - Oil service
17,378 miles - Brake fluid service
20,244 miles - Inspection I
25,984 miles - Oil service
33,789 miles - Inspection II
39,320 miles - Oil service
42,137 miles - Inspection II
44,050 miles - Oil service
56,195 miles - Inspection I
58,037 miles - Oil service
58,390 miles - Oil service
58,496 miles - Inspection II
58,505 miles - Timing belt
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