1989 BMW E30 318i: Reader Ride

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When the price and condition were right, Dexter Johnson swooped to buy his BMW E30 318i

 

Dexter Johnson's BMW E30 318i

I’ve had it for a few weeks now, and I love it so far. Nothing else I’ve driven compares. The first thing to do is light restoration to fix up some paint spots and a few missing bits and pieces. It’s pretty tidy though so there’s not too much to do. It’s all original top to bottom basically.

I’ve always liked the look of the car, but when I drove this one I knew the rest that I had driven were rust buckets compared to it. I knew this was the one. It feels awesome to drive. Nothing beats its styling. I love the old boxy shape, it goes against every modern car design.

The guy I bought it from said he’d bought it only three months ago. He really didn’t want to sell it, but he owed a mate money and he had to let it go. So I took the opportunity. He brought it from Sydney and after three months up here, I’ve taken it. In terms of the car’s condition compared to everything else I’ve looked at, I’m very happy with the price I paid. Most other cars I saw were great, but going for $10,000, or with floor pans full of rust priced around $4000. It took me seven months to find this car but I’m glad I held out.

It’s not fast, but it’s the perfect daily driver. It gets you around from A to B. The stock suspension has plenty of wobble but it’s fun. It’s nothing crazy but I enjoy it. I think the thing that’s annoying me most is the radio security code that won’t enter.

I have plans for some light mods in a year or so, suspension and new wheels, but I want to keep it close to original. I plan on keeping it around for a fair while.

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