1989 BMW 3 Series 320i Cabrio (Europe) M20B20
Fantastic driving as well as maintaining experience. Rather easy to work on
There was stuff to be done when I purchased it:
- Timing belt change.
- Some rust on the bottom part of the vehicle was fixed.
- Both front axle arms (including rubber bushing).
- Headlights had to be set. One of them is still a bit "foggy".
- The hood needed to be repaired on some spots.
Recently I experienced a small glitch with the brake light check light on the on-board computer check screen. The light goes on after some 5 - 10 minutes of driving. I checked the standard stuff, but do not know the reason.
Also, the front sport bucket seats are comfortable, however getting in and out of them is rather tricky. The thing I most hate about it is the accidental release of the height adjustment lever - then the seats hit the lowest position. If somebody sits in the back seat, their feet are seriously endangered.
Overall, the car is very reliable and cheap to maintain. A spare main headlight bulb (H1) is some $2 a pop, so it is not bad at all (even though I had to change them twice already).
Also, a self-made oil / filter change is rather very easy and straightforward.
The driving experience is fantastic - it is one of those basic driving, well handling cars. Even after some 23 years of existence (and not always 100% care) on this planet, there is no rattling noise or other disturbing stuff.
I am actually considering a purchase of another e30 - this time a sedan (4-door or maybe even 2-door).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th August, 2013