1991 BMW 318is

1991 BMW 318is

We found this forlorn E30 in a North Carolina field, then dragged it home for the low price of $450. It’s a 1991 BMW 318is slicktop, making it one of the lightest and most nimble E30s ever produced. Our goal? Bring it back to life with the help of FCP Euro, then make it more fun to drive without ruining its high-revving four-cylinder character.

Latest updates

Oct
18
Oct 18, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Building A Stroker

While we had the engine out of our 318is, we decided to take the opportunity to rebuild it for more power and torque–because more is always better, right? And there’s ...

Sep
25
Sep 25, 2018
Project BMW 318is: The M Part’s Connected to the… M Part

Curious about four-cylinder E30 BMW engine codes? So were we.

Aug
20
Aug 20, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Suspension Planning

Boxes start piling up for our 318is.

Jul
28
Jul 28, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Buffing Paint

We save our original paint with the liberal application of a buffer.

Jul
10
Jul 10, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Sourcing Parts

Next up for our project BMW 318is is to find a source for parts.

Jun
13
Jun 13, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Engine Teardown

With the engine out and partially apart we learned a bit more.

Jun
01
Jun 1, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Pulling the Engine

It was now painfully obvious that we would need to pull the engine from the car.

May
24
May 24, 2018
Project BMW 318is: What's Wrong With the Engine?

After removing the valve cover, we noticed something was missing, something important.

May
16
May 16, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Analyzing the Body

Our project 1991 E30 BMW 318is doesn't run. Here we figure out how original the car's paint and body is.

May
14
May 14, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Cleaning the Car

Our BMW gets a really good scrubbing.

May
11
May 11, 2018
Project BMW 318is: Figuring Out What We Bought

Time to drag our 318is out of the pole barn and figure out what we had to work with.

May
11
May 11, 2018
Meet Our Latest Project: An E30 BMW 318is

This little E30 BMW was last registered in 2008 and was brought to the yard with some undisclosed engine problems.

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