1982 BMW 316 E21

grungeisdead
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1982 BMW 316 E21

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Hey,

I'm Saf, new to the forum and the BMW world! I've been playing with Old VW's for 6 years now, a full on passion, I currently have 4

1980 Mk1 Golf Series 1 - 1.3 Turbo (in its element!)
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1981 Mk1 Polo L - 1.6 16v
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1984 Mk2 Polo Coupe - 1.3 Carb
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1985 Mk2 Polo Coupe S - 1.3 Supercharged
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The Golf is currently in daily use, but as a temperamental stripped road-racer, its constant need for attention is impeding me from cracking on with the restoration of my poloes.

So I needed to find a more suitable daily.

Having owned 25+ cars is the last 6 years, they have all been front-wheel drive VW's, so I wanted to step outside the marque and have RWD.

It had to be old, for sheer rawness of the driving experience, awesome looks, ease of home maintainence, and because I'm over 25, the joys of cheap car insurance.

Bonus points for car finds that were older than 1973 (tax excemption) or 4 x 100 stud pattern as they could share my collection of existing wheels.

Such a vast array of weird and wonderful cars, but I found a Gorgeous E21 beemer, which I am collecting tomorrow, details below

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BMW 316 E21
Ordered on 20th August 1982 with optional extras - Manual Sliding Sunroof, 5-Speed Gearbox & a Blaunkpunt Radio/Cassette in the Colour Black with Anthracite Trim for an on-the-road price of £6,981,
Built on the 4th October 1982
Purchased on the 4th November 1982 from Hexagon of Highgate
1,766cc
114,982 miles
Purchased by a husband for his wife, the car remained in her possesion in Tottridge until March 1989 where it was sold to her brother, in Chester.

Woken from a 7 year slumber, he wrote his own advert with spritely enthusiasm.
ello, I am a BMW 316 E21

I was made in October 1982 (I am 30 years old) and I have been with the same family all my life.

I have travelled 114982 miles and always been very well looked after.

For the last 7 years I have been locked up in a garage and now I am free to travel and enjoy my old age.

Oh by the way, Im in pretty good condition for an old boy.
Heres a couple of pictures albeit poor. I will take some proper ones very soon, as I am on a 2 week holiday from work.

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I am on the lookout for a decent coilover suspension kit, or a equivalent good shock/spring sports setup (Hnr/Koni) that would drop well with 14x7 wheels running 195/45 tyres with no arch contact.

Not sure what the general aftermarket wheel/tyre choice is for regular e21 owners.

I will be fitting compomotive splits, banded steels, borbet bs, exips or oz ruotes to it (they are all 14x 6-8), lowering it, repairing the drivers seat, and upgrading the factory speakers, popping a sub in the boot and enjoying it in daily use while I crack on with the work on me poloes.

Anyway yeah Hi and I look forward to checking out some of the build threads and chatting to you guys, and I will get some decent pictures up very soon
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Re: 1982 BMW 316 E21

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E21 in black - my favorite :D
BMW E21 323i - My beloved classic car.
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Welcome here! Car looks good... curious what it'll look like after a couple of weeks or months of ownership!

BTW I see some marks on the passenger side carpet. That means there is a chance you have one common E21 option being a glovebox swimming pool. Better not store anything valuable in there until you're sure you don't have a leak. It may take a few days of rain before it starts to leak... maybe you're lucky but better make sure before storing your camera and paperwork in there. Cause: worn windscreen seal.
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welcome to the forum.
Nice car you have.
I was going to go for this 1 but was to far for me to travel.

Looks to be in good hands tho. Weldone on your choice
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Cheers guys,

I wont be making any drastic changes , however my housemate has an E30 cab which we are putting a V8 into so he is upgrading all his suspension to M3 items, so I will hopefully be able to utilise his suspension and get my tig welding genius of a friend to make up some coilovers with a rally design kit.

Drive home was fab, such a pleasant drive and well put together car, however there is a judder under braking ( of which the brakes are poor) and slight vibration when driving, will get the car on the ramps at my friends work and give all the bushes a pry. It could just be the tracking and balancing, or warped disks.-

Replace brake fluid, check disks for warping, check bushes and joints for play
Oil and grease the door hinges
drain oil and coolant, replace filter and fluids
replace fuel filter
give the paintwork a mop

few rusty spots will get attention and I'll give the floor a cleanup and reunderseal and hopefully next year we can get the car in and give it a blowover, some grazing of the paint of the rear left quarter.

so bar giving the cars engine a general service, getting the car looking fresh, and a new set of wheels I will be happy with a fantastic looking cruiser.

Will get it down to my unit tomorrow and get lots of pictures for all :) as we do love pictures!
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Really is a sweet car, wish we had bargains like these over on this side!
Regards/groeten, Jeroen

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Is really nice car, and in good condition, I did call the guy and he said it was a 5 gear, it's a good buy, IMO, hope to see more of it.
316 auto raseeda green
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Gave the car a shampoo, G3 and a wax and it came out quite well. Popped on Borbets for a week

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rolled up to santa pod to collect some new wheels

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and got them on the car today

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done a few service bits as well, new sparks, dizzy cap, anti-freeze, oil change and filter as well as replacing some rogue vacuum hoses.

tomorrow I am planning on changing the gearbox and diff oil, and measuring up my friends now surplus e30 325i cabriolet brakes to see if they will fit.

badly need to change the front seats or a bare minimum the drivers as its down to the springs and mega mc painful!
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Nice wheels! Compomotives?
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yeah man cx 330's.

see your from manc, you know bell, jake or crazy george?
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they are sweet . no I dont know them are they from Manc union?
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Nah just good mates and BMW owners. I've been with manc:union since back in the day :)

what do you drive dude?
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Welcome here. Nice wheels, are you from Manchester too grunge? I spotted the Hulme bridge!
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I used to go to Manx union meets I had a caddy van with touran front and Bentley rims on it. My mate Shaun still goes he has a red t5 on air. I'm running low t5 for work on 22s and just getting to the final leg of my e21 m52 build
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