Bmw 3-series (e30) Performance Guide: 1982-1994 by Robert BowenBmw 3-series (e30) Performance Guide: 1982-1994 by Robert Bowen

Bmw 3-series (e30) Performance Guide: 1982-1994

byRobert Bowen

Paperback | February 15, 2013

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BMW has always had a reputation for quality in the cars it has exported to the United States. The BMW 2002 developed a cult following of loyal enthusiasts, and properly cemented BMW as a quality manufacturer of sporting sedans with this forerunner to the 3-series. BMW replaced the 2002 with the 3-series models in the 1970s, which heralded a new design, and new improvements annually, each one better than the last.

The model that truly launched BMW into the performance arena in the United States were the second generation of 3-series cars, the "E30" chassis cars. These 1980s and 1990s era cars were offered with a wide range of engine/transmission combinations, but the basic chassis was so well engineered that owners were able to enjoy an outstanding combination of comfort and handling performance regardless of the powertrain. Today, the E30 family of BMWs are both readily available and affordable, and are popular with enthusiasts wanting to personalize them.

Whether for on-track duty or simply improved street performance, the E30 series cars have proven to respond to well-chosen upgrades. Each specific section of the car (chassis, engine, transmission, etc.) is showcased and suitable performance upgrades are discussed in detail. Exterior appearance items are also covered, as are maximum wheel and tire sizes for the entire family of 3-series E30 BMWs. This book offers current and future owners a wealth of important information, including a buyer's guide, year-by-year upgrades and changes, and more. This book is a valuable addition to every BMW owner's library.

Title:Bmw 3-series (e30) Performance Guide: 1982-1994Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.31 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:CartechLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1934709867

ISBN - 13:9781934709863

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Satch Carlson 



Chapter 1: E30 History and Development 

Evolution of the E30 
Manual Transmissions 
The E30 Today 
Chapter 2: Buying an E30 
What to Look For 
Exterior and Interior 
Engine and Drivetrain 
Take a Test Drive 
Buying an M3 
Buying a Modified Car 
Buying a Race Car 
I Own an E30; Now What? 

Chapter 3: Suspension, Steering, Brakes and Differentials 

Suspension Modifications 
Springs and Shocks 
Sway Bars 
Tires and Wheels 
Bushings and Mounts 
Suspension Reinforcements 
Steering 5

Chapter 4: Engine 

M10 Four-cylinder 
M20 Six-cylinder 
S14 Engine 
M42 Four-cylinder 
Bolt-on Modifications 
Internal Modifications 
Supercharging and Turbocharging 
Engine Swaps 

Chapter 5: Drivetrain 

Manual Transmission 
Automatic Transmission 
Transmission Swaps 
Differentials and Gearing 

Chapter 6: Restoring the E30

Basic Exterior Care 
Trim Pieces 
Bumpers and Grilles 
Exterior Paint 
Rust Repair 
Seat Swap 
Interior Electrical 
Odometer Repair 
OBC Swapping 

Chapter 7: Racing the E30 

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