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1989 BMW (E30) 318i Touring

1989 BMW (E30) 318i Touring

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Details

Price: $9,800

Mileage: 270,500 km (168,130 Miles)

Engine: M40 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Diamond Schwarz Metallic Exterior (181)

Interior: Anthracite Cloth Interior (0274)

Additional features:

Left Hand Drive

Good Repaint in Diamond Schwarz

Shadowline Trim

“i” Lip Spoiler

3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel

Power Front Windows

Cloth Comfort Seats

Fold Down Rear Seats

Euro Analogue Clock

Manual Sunroof

Sony CD Player

Keyless Entry

“Smiley” Projector Headlights w/ City Lights

14-Inch Style 5 Basketweave Wheels

Italian Market Touring

Imported from Bulgaria

25-Year Exempt

Clean Carfax

Colorado Title

Will Build to Suit, Possible Options:

M20B25 / G260 Swap

Black Leather Sport Seats

Corbeau Sport Seats

15” Basket Weaves

Background

1989 BMW (E30) 318i Touring exterior photo

The 1984-1991 BMW 3 Series, known generationally as the E30, is the one model more than any other that earned BMW the Ultimate Driving Machine reputation. The E30 Touring was the pet project of BMW engineer Max Reisbock. He literally built the first E30 touring out of a wrecked 323i in his garage after work—it was so good that BMW put it into production (with a few minor changes). The E30 Touring started a legacy of sporty BMW wagons that remains to this day. All late-model Tourings were spec’d with the 325 suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes. The extra pillars added rigidity over the Coupe and Sedan and there is slightly more rear weight bias, allowing superb handling. Four-cylinder Tourings take the best advantage of this by having less weight up front. Fold down rear seats, shadowline trim, and Euro headlights make the Touring one of the most exclusive and sporting E30s. The U.S. market never got the Touring, but they are legal now thanks to the 25-year exemption. Left-hand drive and a clean body are the most important factors in finding a touring, as engine swaps are easy compared to body work.

Summary

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This Italian Market Touring came to the US via Bulgaria. I got it from the same contact that I purchased my personal Touring from. It has been professionally repainted in the original Diamond Schwarz (black) color. I have pictures of it stripped for paint. Importantly, it is largely rust-free. E30 Tourings are susceptible to rust in the rear hatch, in addition to the normal spots. Being an Italian market Touring, the hatch, body seams and spot welds are clean, and as are the normal E30 areas. There is superficial corrosion on the underbody components like the springs, brake calipers, but it is superficial. The interior is likewise in good condition. The dashboard is crack-free, there are no odors, and the rear cloth fold-down seats are nice. The front comfort seats are mismatched with a blue hounds tooth driver’s seat in place of the cloth anthracite seat. I have a correct matching anthracite cloth seat I will include at no additional cost in fair condition. I also have a set of black leather sport seats in excellent shape that I can replace the front seats with for extra. Or I have one grey leather driver sport seat I will also include for extra if you want to go that route. Other than adding a catalytic convertor and replacing the fuel level sender and thermostat, I have kept it as it was “just off the boat” to keep the price down so you can build it to suit your preferences—or just drive and enjoy it. We also can build it to suit your preferences including a 6-cylinder M20B25 / G260 transmission swap or the engine of your choice and budget.

Exterior

1989 BMW (E30) 318i Touring exterior photo

The Schwarz paint is in very good condition and presents fantastically thanks to its recent re-paint. I have included pictures of it being prepped prior to paint. Common areas like the front fender seams, lower windshield cowling, and floorboards are rust-free. The battery and jack trays, lower doors, and hatch have extremely minor superficial corrosion—nothing like most Tourings, or E30s in the States for that matter. The Euro VIN placard and firewall stamp are in place. The body and panel gaps are perfectly straight. All black-work and trim are present and intact, including the i lip. The windshield is crack-free, and the glass isn’t pitted. The Euro smiley headlights have good glass, as do the turn signals, marker lights, and tail lights. The fog lights have been deleted with fog light blanks. The roof antenna shared with the E30 M3 is present. The wheels have no glaring defects, only minor curb rash. The center caps are present, but the roundels are faded. The tires are off brand winter tires with lots of tread left.

Interior

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The interior is in very good condition. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet is in good condition. As noted in the summary, the driver’s seat has been replaced with a blue houndstooth comfort seat. The dashboard is crack-free and in good shape. The 3-spoke sport steering wheel is in very good condition. The shift knob and boot are in good condition, but the boot does have some tears. All instrument cluster functions, including the odometer, work correctly. The Euro analogue clock is a Euro bling item. The Sony stereo sounds great. The heat blows warm and the blower fan works and is quiet at all speeds. All window and sunroof switches work, as does the central locking system, which has keyless entry and an alarm. The sunroof is a manual and operates as it should. The hatch cover is present, along with the floor cover and access panels. Underneath are the spare tire and factory jack.

Mechanical

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The M40 engine is a robust platform that can easily last several hundred thousand miles, even if neglected. The only immediate mechanical items that needed addressing were the thermostat and some fuel tank seals. There is no timing belt and the timing chain and guides are quite. The engine idles smoothly and pulls strongly to redline. The clutch does not slip, the take-up is correct and the shifter is tight. The transmission and driveline are quiet and free of vibration. The suspension is firm yet compliant and the bushings are tight. The brakes are strong with plenty of life left. A catalytic convertor has been added so it passes emissions. The muffler is on the way out, but it sounds great as a result. I will replace it with a stock muffler at a discounted price at the buyer’s discretion, but wanted to leave the option up to the buyer if they had an aftermarket exhaust preference. In Colorado we pay for and ensure it passes emissions.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAAG71000ED69516
  • Type: AG71
  • Model: 318i – EUR
  • Development Code: E30 (5)
  • Chassis: TOUR
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M40
  • Displacement: 1.80
  • Power: 111 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Color: Diamond Schwarz Metallic (181)
  • Upholstery: Anthracite Cloth (Anthrazit Stoff 0274)
  • Production Plant: Dingolfing
  • Production Date: 5-29-1989

Options

  • 199 Without Catalytic Convertor (catalytic convertor added)
  • 300 Central Locking Electric
  • 400 Manual Sunroof
  • 410 Power Front Windows
  • 681 Roof Antenna
  • 814 Italian Market Version
  • 855 Language Version Italian