I bought this car in June 2007 from the prior owner in New Jersey who used the car primarily for DE and autocross events. At the time, the car was stripped down for lightweight advantages and only contained the bare essential performance upgrades and safety equipment needed for performance at the track.
Though my goals for the car were for more street use, it came in great shape and had most of the go-fast parts already installed. First, I removed the roll cage, replaced the solid suspension components and mounts with urethane, and removed the EPO switch. Then I went overboard with the engine and driveline, upgrading from itís already potent condition with a hot cam and twin Weber 40 carburetors to a fully rebuilt, stroked and bored (2.0 to 2.3L), beast.
The rest is sort of unfortunate, as I never got it fully sorted out and tuned. Then I moved from FL to CO, where I had even more trouble with the finances to support the re-tuning and sorting out some bugs. I just now finally got it sorted. The major culprit ended up being too much voltage, which was cured by replacing the ignition control module. It now purrs like a kitten, but needs further tuning to unhide the beast within. The timespan between the rebuild and now stretches back about 4 years, and have unfortunately just lost emotional interest and have already moved on to a Ď91 Porsche 964. I can only afford one car, so this one has to move on to someone elseís care.
Iím not selling a perfect car, but a car with lots of goodies and tunability, so I've priced it to reflect this. I haven't added up the receipts yet, but it's probably nearing $25k in total. Itís a little finicky when starting cold, but once warmed up, it runs great. Depending on your desires, I believe it can be fine-tuned for much better performance. It handles like a dream. I love the suspension and how it feels in the corners. The fully rebuilt motor has approx 3,000 miles.
Details of work and upgrades are listed below:
- TWM individual throttle bodies
- TWM intake manifold
- TWM throttle body spacers
- TWM airbox
- TWM fuel rail
- TWM air horns
- S14 crank
- JE pistons (machined by Eric Kerman)
- E12 head
- Bosch fuel injection pump
- Haltech E6X EFI
- IE aluminum radiator w/overflow tank
- IE stainless intake/exhaust valves
- Schrick valve springs
- Schrick 304 cam
- Aluminum alternator pulley
- Used 320i 5-Speed
- Aardvark 5-Speed Conversion Kit
- New clutch (can't remember type right now)
I am asking $13,000. New price: $11,000. The title is free and clear. It's been in one stop light rear bumper bender that I'm aware of, but I had that fixed perfectly. The registration has expired, but there are plenty of nice winding neighborhood roads to take it out for a test drive. Unfortunately the expired registration may cause an issue for getting it to a mechanic for a proper PPI. Thereís one close by that Iíd risk driving to, but itís not a European car specialist and I have no history with them.
I can be reached for further information at the email address below. Iím fairly quick with my email replies, so thatís a good way to reach me. Then if needed, we can exchange phone numbers and go from there. The car is located at my residence in north Colorado Springs, Colorado. Personal visits and test drives are welcome.
I've disclosed the following details to everyone who's contacted me with interest in the car, but I'm going to try to make it easier on myself and post it here. Contrary to how it appears in the photos, this car was not professionally restored, and there are a few remaining issues as I touched on above. Since I sort of ran out of steam (to keep it light and brief) on this car, here's the remaining issues that I think you should know.
- The e30 shift lever is missing its upper half. *I can't recall exactly how I ended up with only half a shift lever, but I never got around to sourcing the other major piece and figuring out how to mate the two halves; not as easy as you'd think. *It currently just has a generic shift knob attached to the top. *It functions fine, but you'd want to eventually put together a correct length e30 shift lever and knob for better ergonomics; plus you'll be able to install the correct rubber shift lever boot that should be there as well.
- The speedo is off somehow. *It works, but reads about 10 mph off if I recall correctly. *This is something likely easily repaired by a speedometer repair shop.
- The tachometer is not connected. *Since we did a 5-speed swap, this was something I never got around to finding a solution for, since the 5-speed from an e30 and the tachometer from a 2002 were not originally compatible. *There's a way to fix it, but it probably requires work by a speedometer repair shop to make it compatible.
- The front seats currently don't lock into the fore/aft adjustment position. *This had never bothered me as I'm fairly tall and just had it adjusted all the way back with no issues. *However, a fairly short man recently test drove the car and I was reminded of the issue when he tried to adjust the seat forward and it wouldn't lock in place.
Also, here's an additional video I just created for someone else who wanted more footage of the car running and more shots of the interior.