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Re: daily driver e30? (archive)

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Posted by John on May 01, 2000 at 19:13:27:

In Reply to: daily driver e30? posted by rob on May 01, 2000 at 14:16:13:


I put 8-10k a year on my 88(currently has 75K) driving it about every other day. The E-30 is very reliable mechanically, but like any other high performance car needs rigorous maintenance. The X factor in the equation is going to be how do you drive the car on a daily basis??? If you treat the highway like the track you are going to need more frequent engine, brake, driveline, tire...etc service. The other part of the equation is how mechanically inclined are you?? The M3 is a relatively easy car to work on until you get into the major components of the engine and the OBC. I have replaced all shocks, brakes/rotors, clutch, water pump, radiator and timing tensioner with minimal grief. I AM NOT a mechanic, but can read and follow directions. The bottom line to me is treat the car with the respect it deserves and keep ahead of minor problems instead of letting them accumulate into big problems. Also, if you are repairing or replacing an item in the car, look around that area while you are in there to see if there is anything else that may need attention. Personal experience...replaced clutch because of throw out bearing failure...spaced out rear main to pull the tranny twice in a year!!!

: How many of you daily driver your E30 M3's? I would like to daily drive my E30 during the spring/summer/fall months. If I put 10-15k miles on this car per year how much should I budget for repairs and maintenance? Are E30 M3's reliable cars or are they best kept for nice weather and/or track days?

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