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E30s last forever and never have any problems...

Posted by Archeo-peteriX 
well not real ones but why is it so quiet here?

A little storm on the North East coast shouldn't have stopped the E30s from getting around :stickpoke:

Seriously though, there is a bit of an echo in here lately. Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley
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Seriously though, there is a bit of an echo in here lately. Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley
Well, I'm still here, and still driving my iX to work every day and to rallies on the occasional weekend. smiling smiley

I was going to write about a clunk in the front suspension that I haven't pinpointed yet, but someone else just wrote about a very similar problem, and I wanted to say something other than "yeah, me too!" Maybe tomorrow night I'll get out to the garage and really try to shove things around to see what's moving that's not supposed to.

Other than that, my old E30 is still driving as well as it ever has! I suppose I could replace it with something else, but I don't have the slightest inclination to do so. Why bother when I already have the perfect car? smiling smiley

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Dave
'91 325iX
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well not real ones but why is it so quiet here?

A little storm on the North East coast shouldn't have stopped the E30s from getting around :stickpoke:

Seriously though, there is a bit of an echo in here lately. Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley

I drive mine every day. All it needs right now is a new bulb to light up the clock buttons. Well, besides a paint job and new upholstery - but that's not going to happen any time soon.

You know how it works. The cold rainy weather has to get going before anything serious needs to get fixed (I don't have a garage).
I put my snow tires on my cabrio last week and found that they were jiggling at 60 mph so considered that balancing them would be a reasonable thing to cure the annoyance. Had the two front ones balanced and paid 27.50 to have it done. Now it really jiggles at 45 mph and above. I have switched the front to back on one side but no improvement yesterday. Today I switched the other side front to back. Will try the trip to work tomorrow to see if there is an improvement.

While the car was in the tire shop one of the guys took a look under the right front at the control arm and came in to offer me an estimate for new ball joints. Not sure what gave them that idea. My summer tires were running very nice before I changed them for the winter tires.

I may have to put the summer tires back on if this does not get better...LOL.

Bob in Everett
Sounds like the sway bar bushings may be in need of replacement. The car has to be sitting on the ground to check them otherwise the tension on them when lifted makes them tight.
You never know...if the ball joint is worn; simply changing to a different tire could bring on the shakes. Mine did that when I replaced the old worn out summer tires. Since the balancing was part of the price of the tires; I took it back and they checked it out; nothing wrong with the tires.
I then took it to my mechanic and he immediately knew what was wrong. Two new ball joints later and no more shakes :cool2:
I still check in every day.

The E30 is doing very well, been standing under a cover forever, hasn't seen daylight in months and hasn't moved for over a year. Tyres still have pressure (and probably a flat spot from standing). Need to have a look at the fuel leak under the intake manifold and get the rear brakes to allow the wheels to rotate.
27.50 to have two tyres balanced? If I could get that much money, I'd get me a 2nd hand balancing machine and do it after hours. What have they balanced it with? Some silver alloy?

Are you guys still using lead for balancing weights or have environmental reasons forced you to switch to something else (zinc on this side of the pond)?
I thought the price to balance seemed a little high and since it brought no benefit am disappointed. The weights are shiny and silvery looking, at least for now.

Switched the tires on the other side front to back and it is only a small bit better. The tires are slighly out of round, maybe 1/16 inch which is almost within allowable I think. Wheels are not bent as best I can tell by spinning them. It seems like when the two front tires get into some kind of syncronized situation they shimmy and when I go around a curve it stops. Next curve it starts again. Have to decide if I want to drive all winter on these or buy some expensive new tires and wheels....not a pleasant choice.

I suppose the control arms could be worn as I have put about 80k miles on them since I changed them last. Would have thought they would last longer than that.

Bob in Everett
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27.50 to have two tyres balanced? If I could get that much money, I'd get me a 2nd hand balancing machine and do it after hours. What have they balanced it with? Some silver alloy?

Are you guys still using lead for balancing weights or have environmental reasons forced you to switch to something else (zinc on this side of the pond)?

I got a used balancer for free last summer, but it needs $150 worth of parts to make it so I can calibrate it. It works, but it isn't perfect since the calibration is off. If you have a tire shop that can't seem to get your tires balanced, they probably need to calibrate their balancer.

I think $27.50 to balance two tires looks pretty fair. I sure wouldn't want go into business balancing tires for that, and I have the machine. Of course, if my job is as crappy next year as it was this year I might have to.

We use steel weights over here now, and they cost a fortune. I have a bag of used weights a tire shop gave me - a mixed bag of old lead and some of the new steel.
Steel? Painted I assume. Or is it stainless?
Bob, if it is worse after the balance, wonder if they booted the job? Take it back? Possible the steel wheels are bent?

alan
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Steel? Painted I assume. Or is it stainless?

They seem to be painted. It looks like a really tough paint. They might actually be cast iron of some sort. They have "Fe" cast in them, which could mean they're iron, or it could just be a reference to the fact that steel is a ferrous metal.
I can see where the old weights were and the new ones are about the same size and are about 20 deg from the old. I checked the wheels by jacking up the car and spinning them with an indicator next to the wheel. Also measured the runout of the tread surface and the wheels are fine but the tread is about 1/16 inch runnout. I think this is close to the limits. The destressing part is that they were better before the balancing. If the tires did not have so much nice siped tread on them I would give them up for new ones.
I am tempted to just take all the weights off and put them back where they were.

Bob in Everett
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I can see where the old weights were and the new ones are about the same size and are about 20 deg from the old. I checked the wheels by jacking up the car and spinning them with an indicator next to the wheel. Also measured the runout of the tread surface and the wheels are fine but the tread is about 1/16 inch runnout. I think this is close to the limits. The destressing part is that they were better before the balancing. If the tires did not have so much nice siped tread on them I would give them up for new ones.
I am tempted to just take all the weights off and put them back where they were.

I know nothing about winter tires. Perhaps the wheels were porly balanced, remove them and take them back to the same shop to complain. Perhaps they are not seated and mounted properly on the hubs, you may check that out. In case you move the wheels around in the car, make sure the best two are on the rear axle.

Hey wait a moment, shouldn't this thread be on the "car talk" section?!
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Archeo-peteriX
well not real ones but why is it so quiet here?

A little storm on the North East coast shouldn't have stopped the E30s from getting around :stickpoke:

Seriously though, there is a bit of an echo in here lately. Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley

E30s last forever, and when not driven never give any problem!
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Archeo-peteriX
well not real ones but why is it so quiet here?

A little storm on the North East coast shouldn't have stopped the E30s from getting around :stickpoke:

Seriously though, there is a bit of an echo in here lately. Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley

E30s last forever, and when not driven never give any problem!
:stickpoke:

You're right about that...haven't had a single problem since I sold it :cry:
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You're right about that...haven't had a single problem since I sold it :cry:

I had a problem, the money was spent relly quick! :furious:

I have a good excuse to be silent, I know you don't want to know about the aflictions of my old MB w124, and I spend way too much time on facebook picking up chicks...:boohoo:
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Archeo-peteriX

You're right about that...haven't had a single problem since I sold it :cry:

I had a problem, the money was spent relly quick! :furious:

I have a good excuse to be silent, I know you don't want to know about the aflictions of my old MB w124, and I spend way too much time on facebook picking up chicks...:boohoo:

Love is way more important than cars...but just barely grinning smiley
November 08, 2012 11:15PM
Well, since this was more of a rant than a tech discussion, it could go either way I suppose.

I am so disgusted with the vibrations I am almost ready to give them away and buy some new wheels and tires.

Bob in Everett
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Love is way more important than cars...but just barely grinning smiley

...One can make it in the car, but not make a car out of love.
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Someone told me, I haven't tried myself...
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We just had our driveway re-paved. Guess this means it's finally time to fix the leaky rear seal on my transmission that's been dripping oil for ever in the old driveway.



Ferd,
That was fun to watch and to think it was only about 4 hours from start to finish!

I don't know how good the rolling job will be though; that thing was doing 120kmh in your driveway :laugh:
What a busy morning!

Nice movie, well done!
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Have we all just retired the E30s like Cab or are they all running perfectly so that there are no problems to report or ask about...F10 fuses aside winking smiley

Well mine was put to rest 2 years ago after 22 years and 666,000 Kms. Electrical and body corrosion.

It took 2 years to find a replacement - an E60 2005 545i 6spd manual, with only 110K kms on it and in perfect condition! The E60 is not 2x the E30, but is quite fast and surprisingly nimble. It just doesn't have the E30 feel and connection to driving.

The 2007 Subaru Impreza that I have been using for the last two years will now be my beater. It does have some 360K kms on it! I do drive a lot!

Salut, Bob P.
Hi Bob,

Good to see you still checking; even though, like myself; you no longer have an E30smileys with beer
Every once in a while I see a nice one here in SoCal for sale, and for some odd reason, rust never enters the equation here.:razz:

alan
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Every once in a while I see a nice one here in SoCal for sale, and for some odd reason, rust never enters the equation here.:razz:

alan

Forest fire smoke neutralizes the acid rain and you only use salza on the roads in winter :wavey:

I'm off to Xmas :mmbeer: lunch today with the gang I've worked on and off with for the last 23 years. Only one is/was a BMW owner(E36 Cabrio).
Wishing you a merry Christmas Peter. Hope your lunch went well. We had a pot luck type lunch today at work. I used up a few credits at the home front to wangle a crock pot full of homemade chili. When I woke up this morning it sure smelled good. I got it to work ok and then got stuck in a meeting for an extra half hour and when I got to the lunch, the chili was all gone so it must have been pretty good. It was slim pickings in what other stuff was left except desserts. Lots of them.

Bob in Everett
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Wishing you a merry Christmas Peter. Hope your lunch went well. We had a pot luck type lunch today at work. I used up a few credits at the home front to wangle a crock pot full of homemade chili. When I woke up this morning it sure smelled good. I got it to work ok and then got stuck in a meeting for an extra half hour and when I got to the lunch, the chili was all gone so it must have been pretty good. It was slim pickings in what other stuff was left except desserts. Lots of them.

Same to you Bob smileys with beer

Lunch was excellent and I got to get reacquainted with several old friends and work mates. Got a couple of leads for some future work but mostly it was lots of stories about folks being out of work.
The high tech electronics business is pretty weak here since about 2000 and it's tough for hardware guys/gals to find decent employment any more. Most of the industry was shipped off-shore over ten years ago.

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones as I seem to have a skill set that is still needed; even if only on a contract basis. I'll take full time contracting over being an employee anytime:thumbup:
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