Light weight and possible collector classic
Replaced control arms because the bushings looked old.
I was lucky and found a very clean E21, most you find are too rusted. New paint, interior, headliner, upgraded rims, stereo, and suspension. Pretty low mileage for a 30 year old car (175k miles).
Stock 1.8 liter 4 cylinder is pretty quick despite its 109hp rated engine, the 5 speed and 3.64 LSD helps. Planning on a future upgrade from a 91-92 BMW 318i M42B18 engine (135/138hp). This is the lowest cost route since S14 engines are expensive to purchase and maintain. There are shops that offer tuned stock replacement engines (150hp), but want over $4000. Some E21 enthusiast change to flat pistons with longer stroke and add a turbo.
Whatever the case, there are many engine conversion options. The car is only 2400lbs, so it will handle corners like a go-cart.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2010