Hi everyone ! Today, I want to talk about some of the details and fun facts about my E30 M3, I will give you some detail look into the car. I will go over the general condition of my car and all the additions and modification I’ve done to her.
Before I go over the details about the car I like to answer a frequently asked question what’s up with the hoods on the wall? I’m such an M3 addicts that I even adore its racing pedigree. Two of these teams are on this wall, one of them is Warsteiner which scored multiple championships, and the other one is Jagermeister, and between them is an engine cover of a topaz blue Z8 which is a great gift from a dear friend in terms of exterior modifications.
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You can easily spot the Evo-2 front splitter, this piece only came out on Evo-2 cars, and underneath I combined it with sports Evo lower splitter. I also fitted Evo-2 brake air ducts which replace the fog lights other than that I using BBS RC wheels in 17x 8, 5 ET 15 spec. You can see how concave it is from this angle, and I personally love them. OEM wheels are here too, and I put those during winter. Another obvious change on the exterior is Bilstein sports shocks and H&R race springs. They lower around 3,5cm it helps much more to the handling to go with such a combo rather than dropping with only springs.
The final touch to the exterior is the sports Evo rear spoiler at the back. I bought this in 2008 from Munich myself. It was a fortune back then as SE parts were impossible to get. One last addition is the custom made back box as mentioned earlier. I took my E30 M3 to international road trips two times, one was in 2008 and other in 2010, and 2008 was my first road trip abroad, and this is the Austrian highway vignette, and this one is from 2010. In 2010 I also visited Switzerland.
Let’s move to my E30 M3 interior. Let me turn on the lights we recently clocked 133.000km’s she was around 103.000km’s when I bought it. For those who don’t know this car has a dogleg box like all E30 M3’s, there’s a story behind this choice. When BMW designed M3 to compete in DTM, they chose a shift pattern that would fit the fast tracks of DTM which mostly used 4th and 5th gears. Hence they wanted those gears in the same row without having to rotate like this back on forth on the same row like this when you start with first her fourth and fifth drops to the same row.
Motorsport system adapted to the road car which is the essence of E30 M3. There is also AC on the car which was a luxury back then and also an excellent little trip computer which shows everything from range to consumptions etc. Much similar to systems on my cars today the most important detail here is the addition of RECARO SR- 5 seats. These are very similar to Sport-Evo seats. RECARO also makes Sport-Evo seats, M3’s have these unique M stripes red seat belts.
Let me show you the rear almost no one sat in those rear seats. When I first bought the car she had houndstooth cloth interior, another fun fact about the E30 M3 is the door handle location. This will be hard to show where the door handles are located further back on all E 30’s when my arm is here the handle is all the way here.
During my visit in Munich, BMW engineer who has worked on the E 30 explained this to me. He said when the door is closed the driver shouldn’t try to open the door with the arm on the door’s side. But instead use the outer arm, and in this way, while his body rotates it would be easier to check the coming traffic. Before opening his door safely so basically, rotate, check the road and open the door. This explanation sounded very interesting to me back then I hope I made some sense. Let me share the engine too. The first thing you notice is this CF-airbox in order to use this DTM airbox you need a piggyback system called Alpha and that’s what I used here.
Fine tuning was made in Stuttgart, Germany by a specialist nicknamed dr.M, and I still using his tune to this day without any problems, knock on wood. Other than this, you can see the adjustable strut brace. Let me show from a different angle, there’s another fun fact about this brace since it is adjustable. When I first tried to put it on the struts couldn’t catch the bolt holes, they were slightly closed in. So, I jacked up the car from the center, and the struts have opened up a tiny bit and finally fit over these bolts. Which goes to show the importance of using strut brace to regaining lost rigidity of a car.
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