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Magic 09-09-2017 10:03 PM

E30 318is
About time I started this thread, I've had the car a couple of months now - still not driven it, but we'll get to that.

I'll start at the beginning. I had been toying of the idea of buying a new daily, I've never been that interested in Clios and with my 106 still not completed, I wanted something a bit cooler that I could work on whilst my 106 is being built.

I thought about buying a newer car, but that quickly faded and I decided to look for an E30. After doing some research I decided that I wanted something with facelift bumpers, sports interior and a manual gearbox. At this point I also realised I wasn't going be able to get a 325i for two reasons, price and MPG, neither I could live with.

After looking for a few months, all the cars I liked either sold before I even got to look or were priced outside of my budget. Then I spotted a 318is. I had actually wanted one of these from the outset, but I thought I would be hard pushed to find one in budget.

The car in question was this.

Ultra 09-09-2017 10:12 PM

Nice find, if your lucky the tin worm has'nt got to the underside.

Magic 09-09-2017 10:55 PM

From the initial photos the car seemed pretty tidy. So I contacted the seller and found out more about the car. Unfortunately this conversation put a real downer on the car. Two problems. The first problem being that the car hadn't been driven properly for a few years and so didn't have an MOT.

At that point I thought maybe this isn't the car, but like any good car guy I had already made my mind up. So I decided I would get the car delivered to me. No problem right?

This is where the second problem comes to play. The car is in Northern Ireland. Again I question whether it's going to be worth the money/effort and again the car guy mentality comes back - I'll make it work.

I contacted a couple of transporting companies and was actually surprised how reasonable the shipping quotes were.

So it was settled, I paid the delivery costs and told the seller that I'd have the car. What I had just done was in foresight, stupid, buying a car in a different country that I hadn't seen.

Anyway I had to wait a couple of weeks for the car to be delivered to me. During that time I done some more research and found common issues etc. I questioned the seller more, he sounded pretty legit, told me I'd have no issues getting an MOT.

Let's fast forward to the day the car arrives. The transporter turned up, I see the car for the first time and immediately think "the car looks a lot rougher than the photos". The guys then starts to unload the car and casually says "This might be difficult, seen as the clutch doesn't work". It's probably at this point I thought, the seller might not have been as legit as I thought.

Enough with the text, here's the car as I got it.

Magic 09-09-2017 11:21 PM

Obviously the first thing to do was give a quick detail. Whilst I was jet washing it off, I decided to remove the mudflaps and various screws/studs/rivets to hold them on. This car must of been hitting the McDonalds stages in Ireland, I must of removed 15 studs for old mudflaps.

And after the detail.

After that the obvious thing to do, is to the pull the seats out and clean the door cards.

After that pointless job I made a list of things that were broken. Predictably it's a long list. Here's a few.

- Clutch master & slave cylinder needed replacing
- Brakes needed bleeding/replacing
- Alternator and fan belt slipping
- Central locking broken
- Alarm broken
- Power steering broken
- Oil leak on sump
- Both balljoints perished
- ARB hanging off
- Exhaust blowing
- Stereo not working
- Petrol gauge reading incorrect
- Headlights broken
- Wipers broken
- All interior lights broken
- Battery dead

Surprisingly, the one thing that I thought would be broken - the sunroof, did actually work.

Losirob 09-09-2017 11:27 PM

Good luck with the project . I have a real soft spot for E30 s

rob267 09-09-2017 11:30 PM

Lol. This is brilliant. Can't wait for updates.

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Magic 10-09-2017 12:11 AM

The first job was to sort the clutch. The problem was that the pedal had no feel and would drop to the floor. Apparently this a common issue on E30s, and most people seem to advise replacing both the master and slave clutch cylinders.

So I ordered up a new slave and master cylinder. Fairly easy job to replace them both, whilst I was there I cleaned up the reservoir, replaced the reservoir cap and painted the bracket.

Old master cylinder.

New master cylinder.


After clean.

Master and slave cylinders installed.

Bled the system and the clutch now works perfectly. On to the next job!

GrantB5 11-09-2017 02:27 PM

Ahh sure you will get the car to a presentable level soon enough.

That was a lot of holes for the mudflaps!

Annoying that the clutch didnt work but perfect excuse to waste money on car parts :)

JoeyTaffy93 11-09-2017 02:46 PM

Proper classic! Looking forward to further updates, subbed!

bauderline 11-09-2017 04:18 PM


I love these bimmers, nice work with the clutch, please sort that corrosion beside the bracket. I look forward to more updates and seeing this thing running and driving. :)

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