Originally Posted by CSCoHammers7
Wow, I'm pretty surprised to see as many mentions of E30s as I did. Actually, the whole reason I checked this thread is because I'm looking to kop an E30 vert relatively soon, just test drove my friend's today. Convenient... I don't expect it to be perfect since its like 23 years old, but this thread has pretty much confirmed how much I should be expecting to spend yearly. Hopefully if I pull the trigger it doesn't become a nightmare!
If you're lucky and don't expect it to be museum-quality clean, you could get away with spending very little on maintenance. Bulletproof motors, I wouldn't expect to have to put too much money into an E30 besides routine maintenance. If things do go bad, it's an easy car to fix or upgrade, there's a universe of E30 knowledge out there now.
I had 2 E30's, really never spent anything on them mechanically besides a radiator that went bad once. A convertible top will need changing probably, either when you acquire it or eventually when a replacement goes bad, and those can be a thousand bucks for that job.
If it were me, I'd want a 91-92(3?) 325iC M-tech with the full M tech aero, it was a special last edition car and they didn't make tons of colors either, Orient Blue or something would be nice. Either that, or a Euro-spec slim bumpered vert from like '87 or so. Both are rare but not impossible to find.