Rarely seen (and never sold) in the US, this early E30 was imported from Germany and trades the much revered gas engine for a 6 cylinder diesel that was also shared by its 5-series big brother. Though this one is normally aspirated, the M21 engine also came in a turbocharged version that, among other applications, was available briefly in Lincoln Mark VII's!
If you want to stump the BMW guys at your next cars and coffee with that little tidbit, this BMW could be yours for $6,500.
Though we're a bit leery of photos taken in a shadowy garage, we don't need a ton of light to like the looks of the euro bumpers. A bit of rust is popping up around the rear-passenger wheel well, and the seller claims that's the worst of it. Other than that, things look good and we personally like our E30s as sedans rather than coupes.
The interior upholstery is a weak point with the cloth seats not holding up well, even though there are only 75k miles showing on the odometer. The dashboard and the trim however look clean, modern, and are instantly recognizable as BMW. Cloth seats and no AC wouldn't have been terribly rare for an 80's BMW, but are a bit low spec compared to most of the E30 that were sold in the US.
No shots of the undercarriage nor engine are shown. The listing says this is a 4 cylinder but we assume that was just a typo.
The seller claims 45mpg as a daily driver, but we feel that drivers of oddball diesels are often optimistic on those numbers. The towing hitch and the reasonably torquey diesel motor offer some interesting possibilities -- maybe tow your R75 to the track? Or trailer your F800 GS between offroad adventures?
If this was a normal gas E30 with 75,000 miles on it and in this condition, $6,500 wouldn't seem too far out. The diesel is a plus for us as fans of unique cars, but it may prove to be a detriment for E30 purists not interested in deviating from the pack. It will be interesting to see where this lands.
Find this German import on eBay in Salisbury, Connecticut.
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