20th May 2006, 02:15
I have owned and driven many E30s over the last 10+ years.
I don't know what you guys are doing, but I've only had the car slide slightly maybe 3-4 times TOTAL in over 100k miles of driving a E30 in the wet.
You guys need to drive a little slower with your cars when it's wet. The E30 gives out a little faster compared other cars, like any RWD car. Tires also make a huge difference.
I drove through several snow seasons even on all seasons.
With dedicated summer and winter tires, this car is pretty solid. But don't expect to run a rally race in inclement weather with it and not expect to slide. My latest tires, the Yoko ES100, have been 100% solid in the rain.
9th Sep 2006, 20:50
E30 = own all. All you people saying it handles badly can't drive that well. My 325i handles great in wet and dry conditions, snow is a whole different story though.
19th Oct 2006, 11:50
I love my 87 325. Fun to drive, except when wet out. There is a flattened stop sign that would like to agree. Hit corners SLOW with the 325i. But one nice thing about those older BMW's is that they can handle some punishment if you jump a curb and take out a couple of signs!
11th Apr 2007, 22:35
Amen to the fact older BMW's can take a little beating. The '87 325i and similar cars were made back in the day when the actually put a REAL bumper on the car, not a piece of fiberglass or plastic! That real bumper is a life saver.
19th Apr 2007, 05:42
I agree and disagree with you all!!! Ha ha ha!!
As a BMW specialist by trade? Yes, her rear does swing in the wet, but driving experience and technique does have influence on how she handles!!! I learnt over the years for my 325 and the way I push into bends?
It differs from what and how you drive!! the e36 was improved by the e30 faults!! Best set of sneakers for e30 325 tight handle would be 205/45/16 infront, 215/45/16 rear, 60mm drop infront and 50mm rear.
But only serves justice with an independent differential pref. 3:64 ratio.
Limited slip is fun, but it's that unit that spins her out in the wet!!!
Donuts and drift? LSD!!
Great handling? Independent Diff!!!
I've had and will always love my E30 325!!! Great car and ages well!! Still turns heads!!!
11th Aug 2007, 17:44
I'm worried for my 325, as this is the first winter I will have owned a rear wheel drive car! LSD = no fun in snow! Hopefully me and the car will survive.
16th Feb 2009, 18:27
Does anyone know the initial, original price for the 1987 325i convertible?