DTO: Mickymaus-sarg: 1990 BMW M3 E30
What do you do when a small rodent dies in your car’s ventilation system and starts emanating the rotten funk of decaying flesh? As anaerobic organisms begin to consume the poor little whiskered fellow’s remains, they produce a variety of noxious compounds including methane, hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. Your minty fresh BMW M3 suddenly becomes the The Ultimate Decaying Machine. Do you put a bandana on your face and just drive through through the fetid stench or do you spray bleach into the vents and hope for the best? The latter is what the seller did of today’s 1990 BMW M3 E30 currently bidding for $19,999 reserve-not-met with 6 days to go on ebay, located in Glenmoore, PA. Seller submission from Brian M.
The E30 M3 has been riding a tsunami of price appreciation in the past decade or so, and is the poster child for the “they don’t make em the way they used to” movement. Lightweight, uncomplicated, tail happy, simple – it is everything that today’s M3 isn’t and that is a good thing.
Under the hood of the E30 M3 is a 2.3 liter dual-over-head-cam S14 inline-4 (essentially an S38 inline-6 with 2 cylinders lopped off) that puts out 192 horsepower in catalyst equipped US spec. This one has a Turner Motorsports Performance chip tune that bumps horsepower up to 216 and adds another 19 ft-lbs of torque.
Inside the only evidenence of mousemaggedon is a few bleach stained carpets from where the bleach concoction sprayed into the vents leaked out into the carpets, but the HVAC system was taken apart to recover the corpse. Otherwise, the choice of vinyl when redoing the fronts seats looks good and this thing looks ready to run.
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I would have preferred if you focused on the cup holder, Still looks good thanks for the write up! My goal is to display the car in all of its glory and faults.
Personally, I appreciate the honesty of your ebay listing. Many sellers would skip past the dead mouse, but that sort of transparency speaks volumes about your credibility. Looks like a great car and seems to have already generated some interest.
Well it is now at $27k and 6 days to go. Pretty serious price jump in 3 bids. Like the cup holder…the bane of BMW's. Fellow does a great job documenting the car. Too bad no scratch-n-sniff with the video to verify the stench is gone. A PPI is needed for that alone as the rest of the car looks up to scratch though I am curious as to the overhaul of the tranny at 70k something as they are fairly robust boxes. Was it a rebuild? or? Worth asking if one is in the bidding for one. GLWTS
If it smells then I described it wrong buyer has the right to terminate the sale. After what I spent cleaning that thing out my mechanic would hear from me on that one and knowing him he would not charge to redo the job. But knowing him he did a good job so it really does not smell. Also verified by my wife who can not only smell but also hear a mosquito fart from 30 feet.
That being said PPI is an option and I am happy to drive it over there I just want to put a copy of the report up for everyone to see in exchange for my efforts to get the PPI done.
As for the Transmission: Clutch plate, Shifter Bushings, Gear box Oil, differential Oil with Redline synthetic, a Synchro, and the miscellaneous gaskets rubber mounts, etc. from what I see in the documentation.
Appreciate the seller replying. Wish I had the scratch for it as I itch for the early M3. Alas too many other cars and 2 restorations underway preclude it. BTW-fabulous garage from the doors alone,
It's funny. Few cars interested me more when they were $10-15k, and few interest me less now that they are $30k+. Good luck to the seller though. Never saw the e39 530i sport wheels on one of these—-look nice.
Funny……..BringaTrailer is starting to look like an RSS feed of DT these days. I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so congrats guys.