This fell off my car last August. I found it today while walking from my office to get lunch. I think this is a cheap eBay emblem with a decal instead of engraving and screen printing. It’s not special, but it’s nice to know what happened to it.
e30 this morning:
My sister sent scans of a couple photos of my Dad and one of his sports cars, which I think is a MG Midget MKI based on the date stamp on the photo. I’m going to ask my Dad about he car and see if I can get some details, but I don’ t think I’ll bring up the skinny ties he seemed to love.
Drove to Santa Cruz tonight, just for the enjoyment of it. The car is not driving that great lately – CEL (Check Engine Light) is coming on and staying on (but not always) and the only error it generates is a 1222 (Lamba 1… a million possible causes) and may be misfiring, I’m not sure.
Going to start planning my S52 engine swap. I need to find a good engine with some service records and make a list of other parts required.
I always like to hear what people carry around in their trunks. Here’s mine:
All that fits in a single plastic tote with room to spare. I also carry a set of basic tools (screwdrivers, wrenches and sockets, voltmeter, etc.) and a gas can. With a list that long you might think the car breaks down all the time but to be fair I’ve never been stranded (though sometimes I’ve chosen not to drive the car because of a drivability issue). I’ve made a lot of little adjustments on the road but never had to make a major repair.
For comparision, here’s what the Bentley manual recommends every e30 owner carry:
I got up at 5AM and drove to Santa Cruz. That’s a strange town… lots of 24 hour restuarants and sketchy people out early in the morning. Of course, I look sketchy with this car and my hipster king moustache. I felt conspicuous driving around in the dark but the cops didn’t seem to even look in my direction. Hwy 17 is getting fun now that I know it better. Here’s some photos with lots of lense flare:
Long story short, the e30 survived it’s longest single journey to date but didn’t quite make it home without incident. We drove from Santa Clara, over McKean Rd. and Hecker Pass to Capitola. Then up Hwy. 1 to Half Moon Bay then over La Honda and home. But on the final leg it started acting funny and appears to have a misfire. We made it home, but the e30 has been sitting waiting for me to either figure out what’s wrong or send it to my buddy Ramon for professional help.
I hate it when I can’t drive the car, but this is all part of that stewardship thing. And we had a great weekend together with lots of spirited driving around switchbacks and twisty mountain hops.
I’m sure it will be back on the road again soon. And we had a great weekend together.
This post aggregates a few recent fixes and updates into a single post. Went to the junkers today, found some good stuff including an uncracked dash which would probably fetch $200 if I was willing to ship it to a buyer. I left the dash behind but may go back tomorrow I’m not sure.
I’m glad the broken and peeling trim is gone but this didn’t make the car look any better. I am going to consider painting the trim, along with my bumper trim, at some point in the future. For now it’s fine even if one peice of trim is not as shiny as the rest (because I had to assemble the complete set of trim from 3 different cars).
By the way, these bits are $1.00 from most suppliers but BMW of South Atlanta sells them for the list prince, usually less than $0.50 each.
Clip: BMW Part Number 51131876128 (x1 Per Door)
Grommet: BMW Part Number 51121867907 (x1 Per Door)
Cap Nut: BMW Part Number 41335480120 (x1 Per Door) ! This Part Doesn’t Fit !
Clamp: BMW Part Number 51131829904 (Sedan x2 Per Front Door, x1 Per Rear Door)
e30 325i > Fusebox Diagram (link)Part Numbers:
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