One of my beefs with car culture—parts of it, at least, not all of it—is the way it emphasizes the biggest and the best. Especially in America, where horsepower and quarter mile times are king. Everything has to be SS or M or AMG or V, top shelf, for it to be any good. This is the wrong way to think.
In the three decades it’s existed, the E30 BMW 3-Series went from yuppie mascot to irrelevant old coupe to bargain fun car to cult classic to the celebrated standard of practical performance that it is today. We’ve seen plenty of custom E30 builds, but nobody’s created an E30 V8 that really felt like it could have…
Ex-Vine star and sentient dab Jake Paul is, without a doubt, the worst person in the universe, regurgitating played out memes and destroying things in the name of “random.” Unfortunately, one of the victims on his tour of dumb was an E30-generation BMW 325i and we cannot in good faith let that slide.
Every old car owner’s worst nightmare is a mechanical failure, a crash out of your control. Greg built his 1991 BMW E30, a 318is with an S52 engine swap, into his absolute pride and joy, and he’s lucky he lived after his brakes gave out on track at 110 mph.
Cue the epic soundtrack. It’s time to get sideways.
The swapped-in, high-mileage M50 straight-six engine in our racing team’s BMW E30 decided that around 225,000 miles were enough for one of its rods. It ejected said rod onto the track as we got to Hour 19 of the 24-hour Lucky Dog Racing League race, popping a hole in the engine block. That was it. We were done.
Admit it: you’ve done this at least once. Curiosity on Craigslist has led you to search for one of the internet’s most loved—some would say overhyped—used cars, the E30 BMW 3 Series from the 1980s and early ‘90s. And then you found a truly beautiful one. And then you saw that one letter at the end of its numerical…
I couldn’t get the title out of my desk, out the door, and into the hands of an acquaintance fast enough. It was the title for a 1995 Volkswagen Golf K2, originally a special edition with heated seats, skis and a ski rack. It was a rust free car that showed well and on which I just had some serious work done. It had…
Ex-finance guy turned motorsports hero Bill Caswell rose to fame in 2010 by living so many of our dreams: dragging a $500 BMW from the bowels of Craigslist and racing it in big-league rallies. Now he’s back with even bigger ambitions, and somehow, still, remarkably unprepared. And I’m along for the ride this time.
While Hurricane Matthew was raging, you may have seen some delightful pictures on the internet of a lovely BMW E30 M3 sitting, warm and safe, inside someone’s house, to better be protected from the storm. Those photos weren’t staged. There actually was a guy who drove his car into his living room to protect it, and we…
Tell me I’m wrong.
Dan Downey’s truck and trailer burned down on the way to the New England Forest Rally this weekend. Did that stop him from entering the race? Hell no!
Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
Everybody knows the first M3, the E30, is the best M3. (Probably. Maybe.) The same people also know that you can’t afford one of those anymore, so we had to move on. Here are the new options.
The original BMW M3 comes from a time when men were men, when women were women, and the M legitimately stood for “motorsport.”
Of course “the perfect car” is so ambiguous it’s seemingly impossible to provoke any serious thought - but if you thought about a certain car, in a certain class, at a certain time... could you actually come up with one particular perfect model?
I looked up and there it was, an Acura Integra pointing straight at me—spun out, stalled right on the exit of a corner. If I had a half second longer I would have remembered to relax, to curl my arms, to prepare for the impact. As it was I just closed my eyes and took the hit, 80 MPH right into to my door.
Simon Lord was an officer in the British Army stationed in Germany when he caught the E30 M3 bug. It was 2004, and Lord cancelled an order for a brand-new E46 M3 the moment he laid eyes on a Macau Blue first-gen M3. For Lord, that car changed everything.
Everyone forgets that BMW made an all-wheel drive E30, even in straight six spec. Here's one for sale with a snow plow.