1984 BMW 3 Convertible
Thanks to our friend Craig Saxon for the link to this 1984 323i Baur for sale by "Kyle' in Mooroolbark, VIC, Australia.
Up for grabs is a fantastic BMW 1984 323i Baur Convertible with 266,000km on the clock. Unfortunately (for me at least), I need to part with the car due to a change in jobs. I needn’t talk about how fantastic these cars are because if you’re looking at this ad then I’m sure you’re well aware. So, let’s talk about the car.
We’ll start with the good. First and foremost, this car is roadworthied and registered for another 12 months, meaning that it’s a project which you can actually use as a daily drive immediately. If you aren’t looking to restore or modify, this car will serve you great as a daily driver. Those in the e30 community are probably well aware of the struggles involved in just putting one of these great machines back on the road. This is probably one of the biggest advantages to this car, because you can direct funds towards doing to fun stuff (nice set of wheels, performance mods, exhaust etc…) rather than the boring stuff (like replacing control arms, tie-rods, CV joints etc…). In the time I’ve had this car, I repaired quite a few things to put it back on the road, including (but not limited to)
• control arms
• brake disks
• fuel pump/idling jet (that one hurt the wallet a bit)
• Steering guibo (steering is great now)
• new (but used) set of wheels and tyres
• front seat cushions were reupholstered
• front grille, and the grilles which surround the headlights
• air filter
• Gearbox repairs
• New gear shifter
• New interior door handle (was snapped before)
The car has a beautiful (and uncracked) dashboard, something which unfortunately not many e30’s can say they have. It also has a leak-free roof, which is absolutely fantastic for those rainy Melbourne winters.
I’ve got a box of spare parts which will come with the car, simply a bunch of stuff I haven’t had the time to install, e.g. new oil filter, spark plugs, tie-rods, paint (matched to the car) etc…
As expected, there are a few issues. Firstly, as I bought this car from the gold-coast, there is a bit of rust on the body and scattered here and there, but nothing severe. The temperature gauge can be a bit temperamental, go over a speed bump or something and it’ll work, and then go over the next bump and its off again. My friend also managed to pull off the handle from the glovebox (he also snapped the interior door handle but that is fixed now) so that needs replacing (but you can still open it). Unfortunately, there is a small dent on the left rear bumper bar (mum reversed into it). Last significant issue is that I suspect there may be something iffy about the exhaust, it sounds great, but I suspect there may be a hole somewhere. Doesn’t have an effect on performance or economy, but might be something to watch out for.
All in all, this is a fantastic car and I’m sad to see it go. If you’re interested, I’m looking for $4000 negotiable (within reason). Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Good luck to Kyle for the sale!