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Old 10-27-2018, 11:18 AM
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2002,2003 3 series bought for $72,000, selling now over $150,000 in mint condition.People don't like the new electronic bull**** on newer models

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Old 10-27-2018, 12:46 PM
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In honor of the influx of badly-needed new blood to this forum, I thought that I would start a BMW-themed thread. As the title states, what is your favorite BMW, and why?

For me, it has to be the e32 735i, which I consider to be a graceful confluence of old-school BMW big-6 sweetness and refinement, coupled with timeless styling and a reasonable level of amenities. I recall driving a brand-new example 100 MPH one evening on a deserted U.S. interstate and marveling at how button-downed, composed and confidence-inspiring this car felt in that environment.
That is a nice car. The 3.5 liter 6, I think that one was the M30, was some kind of engine. Rated as one of the best in the 20th century. I haven't driven that 7 series but I like the looks of it and I drove two E34, early 90s 5 series with that engine.

My favorite, no surprise, is the E30. Had two of the 325i variant, both '87. Still have one but it needs a CAT welded in.
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Old 10-27-2018, 12:52 PM
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I had a Bavaria. When I first got it it would barely run with its warped solex carbs and that early emission style advance/retard distributor. I modified the dist to match previous advance curves and got the car to accelerate, than bought a euro manifold and adapted a Quadrajet to it. After that it flew! It was a load of work though! Great ride and handling! ...rust prone though.
Back in the early '80s, a friend had a '71 2800. That car was plenty zippy and the exhaust note sounded wonderful. Several years later I looked at a cheap-priced '73 Bavaria that needed some TLC. But both cars were automatics and I wanted a stick. Plus BMW never supported their old-timers, like Mercedes (used to).
IIRC, they both had twin Zenith carbs, just like my W114 Mercedes 250.
I worked at a small BMW shop for a couple years and saved a twin Weber carb replacement set for those.

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Old 10-29-2018, 10:28 AM
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One day I decided to open up the Bavaria a bit. I took it up to 115 on a two lane country road. After cruising along at that speed for a short while I decided to adjust the radio. After doing so I decided that was pretty impressive that it felt so comfortable at that speed I felt safe to take one hand off the wheel.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:27 PM
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I like the 90's to early 2000 vintage 5 and 7 series, and the 80's 6 series.

Before I bought my boat I looked at a bunch of the new ones because my business partner is a fan. Drove the 4, 6, 5, and 7. None of them got me excited enough to pay for them. You can lease 7's pretty cheap now because everyone wants suv's, 800ish a month.


The new 550I with the M package is a nice car, but its a $900 a month lease. One of my contractor buddies ended up with an 18 with blue calipers, its a nice car but IDK its not worth $900 a month to me.

My kitchen guy has an I8 which is a very cool car, they are depreciating fast he bought it when they were hot I think they are under $100k now.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:53 AM
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Etc., let's see them all boys .
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:27 PM
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I'm thinking half seriously about finding a 635CSI, late 80s, with a M30B35. The M series engine, the S38, in North America, has appeal but apparently only 1767 of those were imported. Could be way spendy. The reglar 635CSI is not nose bleed money expensive, and that motor is solid.

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Old 11-03-2018, 04:02 PM
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2002,2003 3 series bought for $72,000, selling now over $150,000 in mint condition.People don't like the new electronic bull**** on newer models
You're full of ****. Even an M3 wasn't 72k in 2003.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:33 PM
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My buddy has a 2002tii-pretty sweet.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:32 PM
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I wouldn't own a new one without a good warranty. Which is why their is a 2012 5 series sitting at the local old used car lot for $15k, ballin on a budget!


That car was $70k new.

Mid 2000's 7 series seem to be the ghetto rides of choice, they can be purchased for a song.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:37 PM
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I drove a 5 series, '14 IIRC. Didn't like it that much. They don't make the E30 anymore.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:42 PM
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I drove a 5 series, '14 IIRC. Didn't like it that much. They don't make the E30 anymore.
Drive a 1 or 2 series, it's about as close of a spiritual successor as it gets
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I wouldn't own a new one without a good warranty. Which is why their is a 2012 5 series sitting at the local old used car lot for $15k, ballin on a budget!


That car was $70k new.

Mid 2000's 7 series seem to be the ghetto rides of choice, they can be purchased for a song.
Purchased for a song - repaired for an arm & a leg - could make for a very brief ride.
Unless perhaps the buyer is in the controlled-substance business!

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Old 11-05-2018, 04:14 PM
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Purchased for a song - repaired for an arm & a leg - could make for a very brief ride.
Unless perhaps the buyer is in the controlled-substance business!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Back in 2005, a friend of mine leased a w220 S500 with a month remaining on his E66 7-Series lease, and generously flipped me the BMW keys for that final month. Definitely a bit more Thunderbird than the preceding E38 and E32 generations, but really a sweet car to drive on a quiet interstate. Naturally, as this was a BMW, the check engine light made an unwelcome appearance while the car was in my possession, bad coil IIRC...

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