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3 Series - E30 (1983 - 1994)

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The most popular BMW ever.... the BMW 3 series e30

The e30 was introduced late in 1982, and in the showroom from 1983. It is the successor of the e21, and uses many of it's parts.
The first models to be shown at the dealers' were the 316, 318i, 320i and 323i (the latter 2 with 6 cylinder engines), all 2 door versions.
Standard on the 6 cylinder models (m20 engine) were a rev counter and check control panel, which checks if your lights are working, the oil, the wiperfluid and coolantfluid.
Later in 1983 the 4 door models were introduced, with the same specifications as the 2 door model.
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The e30 received some changes in 1985. The 320i now came with a 129HP engine (same M20 engine as before).
Also a range of larger-engined models were added, and so was the new diesel-powered e30.
The 325i, 325ix, 325e and 324d were added; the 325i carried the M20 engine with 170HP, the same as the 325iX which was powered on all 4 wheels.
The 325e was an economical model, which was only available in the US, and has the same 2.5 liter M20 engine, but with only 122HP.
The first diesel had a top speed of 165km/h and 86HP.
A remarkable thing happened in South-Africa, where the most powerfull 3 series wasn't powerfull enough, and BMW decided to put in the M30 engine from the 5 series.
The new 333i blasted over the road with a stunning 197HP!


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From 1987 the e30 got a facelift, the rear lightunits transformed, as did the front spoiler...
And thank god the spare tyre was finally made invisible to the people driving behind you.
In 1987 the 324td was introduced, next to the less-powered 324d, the newest turbodiesel had 115HP (M21 engine).
Also the new 316i received the 318i engine, which now had 102HP. And the 318i received the new M40 engine with 113HP.
The 1987 316i didn't survive long as the 1988 316i replaced it, now carrying an M40 engine with "only" 100HP.

From 1988 the new touring was available as 320i, 325i, 325ix and 324td.
In 1989 the new 318is came on the market, this little sports-coupé had a 4 cylinder 16 valve engine (M42) which produced 136HP,
and the 318i was made available as a touring.
The convertible got a facelift in 1991, and the 316i touring was on the market.
The e30 was built until the last 4 cylinder touring left the factory in 1994.
In total there were over 2.2 million e30's built in 10 years!
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Specifications for BMW 3 series e30 cabrio

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 318i LCI
3 Series (E30)
cabrio
1991
-
1993
Topspd: 187km/h
0-100km/h: 12s
Code: M40 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
83kW / 113HP at 5500rpm
162Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E30)
cabrio
1986
-
1993
Topspd: 195km/h
0-100km/h: 11.5s
Code: M20 B20 Motronic
1990cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
95kW / 129HP at 6000rpm
174Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E30)
cabrio
1986
-
1993
Topspd: 216km/h
0-100km/h: 8.7s
Code: M20 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
126kW / 171HP at 5800rpm
226Nm at 4000rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E30)
cabrio
1988
-
1989
Topspd: 226km/h
0-100km/h: 7.4s
Code: S14 B23
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
147kW / 200HP at 6750rpm
240Nm at 4750rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E30)
cabrio
1989
-
1990
Topspd: 226km/h
0-100km/h: 7.3s
Code: S14 B23 Kat
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
158kW / 215HP at 6750rpm
244Nm at 4750rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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Specifications for BMW 3 series e30 sedan

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 315
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1983
-
1987
Code: M98 (M10)
1573cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
55kW / 75HP at 5800rpm
110Nm at 3200rpm
BMW 316
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1982
-
1987
Topspd: 180km/hCode: M41 (M10)
1573cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
66kW / 90HP at 6000rpm
125Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 316i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1988
-
1991
Topspd: 182km/h
0-100km/h: 12.1s
Code: M40 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
73kW / 99HP at 5500rpm
141Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 316i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1987
-
1988
Topspd: 182km/hCode: M10 B18
1766cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
77kW / 105HP at 5800rpm
145Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1983
-
1988
Topspd: 195km/h
0-100km/h: 11.2s
Code: M10 B18
1766cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
77kW / 105HP at 5800rpm
145Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1982
-
1983
Topspd: 178km/h
0-100km/h: 11.2s
Code: M10 B18
1766cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
77kW / 105HP at 5800rpm
145Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1987
-
1991
Topspd: 188km/h
0-100km/h: 10.8s
Code: M40 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
83kW / 113HP at 5500rpm
162Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 318is LCI
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1989
-
1991
Topspd: 202km/h
0-100km/h: 9.9s
Code: M42 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
100kW / 136HP at 6000rpm
172Nm at 4600rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1982
-
1985
Topspd: 224km/h
0-100km/h: 10.6s
Code: M20 B20 L-jetronic
1990cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
92kW / 125HP at 5800rpm
170Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1991
Topspd: 198km/h
0-100km/h: 10.6s
Code: M20 B20 Motronic
1990cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
95kW / 129HP at 6000rpm
174Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 320is LCI
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1989
-
1990
Topspd: 231km/h
0-100km/h: 7.5s
City: 12.8 l/100km
Hway: 8 l/100km
Avg: 9 l/100km
Code: S14 B20
1990cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 6900rpm
210Nm at 4900rpm
BMW 323i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1982
-
1984
Topspd: 205km/h
0-100km/h: 8.5s
Code: M20 B23
2316cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
102kW / 139HP at 5300rpm
205Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 323i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1984
-
1985
Topspd: 205km/h
0-100km/h: 8.5s
Code: M20 B23
2316cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 6000rpm
205Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 324d
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1991
Topspd: 165km/h
0-100km/h: 16.1s
Code: M21 D24
2443cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
63kW / 86HP at 4600rpm
152Nm at 2500rpm
BMW 324td LCI
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1987
-
1991
Topspd: 187km/h
0-100km/h: 11.2s
Code: M21 D24 Turbo
2443cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
85kW / 116HP at 4800rpm
220Nm at 2400rpm
BMW 325e
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1987
Topspd: 198km/hCode: M20 B27
2693cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
95kW / 129HP at 4250rpm
240Nm at 3250rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1991
Topspd: 220km/h
0-100km/h: 8.3s
Code: M20 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
126kW / 171HP at 5800rpm
226Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 325ix
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1991
Topspd: 212km/h
0-100km/h: 9.2s
Code: M20 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
126kW / 171HP at 5800rpm
226Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 333i
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1985
-
1987
Topspd: 231km/h
0-100km/h: 7.2s
Code: M30 (M69)
3210cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
145kW / 197HP at 5500rpm
285Nm at 4300rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1986
-
1989
Topspd: 229km/h
0-100km/h: 6.8s
Code: S14 B23
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
147kW / 200HP at 6750rpm
240Nm at 4750rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1989
-
1990
Topspd: 229km/h
0-100km/h: 6.6s
80-120km/h*: 7.8s
City: 12.4 l/100km
Hway: 7.8 l/100km
Code: S14 B23 Kat
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
158kW / 215HP at 6750rpm
244Nm at 4750rpm
BMW M3 evo 1
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1987Topspd: 240km/h
0-100km/h: 6.7s
Code: S14 B23
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
147kW / 200HP at 6750rpm
240Nm at 4750rpm
BMW M3 evo 2
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1988Topspd: 240km/h
0-100km/h: 6.6s
Code: S14 B23 EVO2
2302cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
162kW / 220HP at 6750rpm
245Nm at 4750rpm
BMW M3 evo 3
3 Series (E30)
Sedan
1989
-
1990
Topspd: 246km/h
0-100km/h: 6.2s
Code: S14 B25 Kat EVO3
2467cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
175kW / 238HP at 7000rpm
240Nm at 4750rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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Specifications for BMW 3 series e30 touring

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 316i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1991
-
1994
Topspd: 179km/h
0-100km/h: 13.9s
Code: M40 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
73kW / 99HP at 5500rpm
141Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 318i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1989
-
1994
Topspd: 188km/h
0-100km/h: 11.7s
Code: M40 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
83kW / 113HP at 5500rpm
162Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 320i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1987
-
1991
Topspd: 196km/h
0-100km/h: 11.5s
Code: M20 B20 Motronic
1990cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
95kW / 129HP at 6000rpm
174Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 324td LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1987
-
1992
Topspd: 187km/h
0-100km/h: 12.3s
Code: M21 D24 Turbo
2443cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
85kW / 116HP at 4800rpm
220Nm at 2400rpm
BMW 325i LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1987
-
1992
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 8.8s
Code: M20 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
126kW / 171HP at 5800rpm
226Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 325ix LCI
3 Series (E30)
Touring
1987
-
1991
Topspd: 208km/h
0-100km/h: 9.7s
Code: M20 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 12v
petrol
126kW / 171HP at 5800rpm
226Nm at 4000rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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