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    That's a helluva Christmas present Rick, glad you're OK. Will you look for another E30? Definitely one of BMW's all-time winning platforms!
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    More of a question than comment to others : impact pics seem to indicate tinted glass at the side. Beneficial for sunny days, sure, but is this a safety issue for night driving.. driver errors being expected, and factoring in 15% reduced vision.

    Have always dreaded the idea for that reason.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRanger View Post
    Heading to work this morning, on my usual route, @~0430 PST, I'd stopped at a traffic light, then --- at the green, headed-out across the intersection . . . after casually glancing left and right

    Was just about half-way across . . . when I hear tires screeching. Then a moment later, something comes out of the darkness to my left, and? . . .



    . . . BOOM!



    Got spun around ~90 degrees. The Other Guy continued on for a few yards, then pulled over on the right shoulder

    Smaller car, '03 Toyota Corolla --- probably around the same size/weight as my BMW, but . . .



    . . . most of what was forward of my little BMW's A-pillar was now twisted a coupla feet to the right of where it started-out when we left the garage this morning


    And all this damage happened AFTER The Other Guy had already skidded about 100 meters to the point of contact


    !


    The only reason his car stopped at all? . . .


    . . . was my Little Pony


    398k mi


    And that's all she wrote



    Never had any car this long, with so many miles, on so many adventures


    Gonna miss this one


    A lot



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    very sad to see...

    pretty much reminds me of my E30 wreck back in the `90ies(pre-digital age--hence the photos of the photos)... i rebuilt it with a front clip from a donor car i found in a scrap-yard nearby.
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    The Five Second Rule

    Quote Originally Posted by 62S-R-S View Post
    . . . More of a question than comment to others : impact pics seem to indicate tinted glass at the side. Beneficial for sunny days, sure, but is this a safety issue for night driving.. driver errors being expected, and factoring in 15% reduced vision.

    Have always dreaded the idea for that reason
    . . .

    Regarding the tint . . . can't really say

    It was 0430 on the last work day before the Christmas Break. I wasn't in a hurry and there was nothing particular on my mind . . . just toddling-off to work

    I do recall noticing a white pick-up coming-up on my right --- but that part of the street was illuminated by the lights at a gas station at the corner. The left side was dark --- an open field without any street lights. I usually keep aware of ANY traffic around an intersection I'm crossing --- hey, we all speed and run lights, from time-to-time . . . but I don't recall seeing any traffic or car lights coming-up from that side

    Until, of course . . . I did

    Personally? --- from looking at his skid marks? . . . my Assailant must've been WAY BEYOND my normal field of view at the intersection = moving at a really-REALLY high rate of speed . . . when he decided to go for it

    Regarding the window tint . . . it was relatively mild one --- maybe 10%? . . . just enough to keep the plastics in the interior from liquifying during our 115F/46C Summers. NOT the >30% 'Gangster' tint most people seem so fond of around here




    Anyway --- since the incident . . . I'm back to the 'Five Second Rule' from my days living in Santa Ana . . .


    . . . wait five seconds before crossing any intersection


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    Meanwhile . . .

    . . . my trusty BMW is gone --- USAA already sent me a check

    17 years, 398k mi = $6k


    Still doing chiropractic 3 times/week . . . but no more headaches + my neck is 90%


    And I've found/purchased another car . . .

    . . . one I've wanted for a long, long time



    '15 Volkswagen Golf TDi, 6-speed . . .

    . . . <20k mi



    Picking it up Saturday

    More to come



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    2011 A6 C6 3.0T Avant. I've transported a couple Porsche engines to Cali and back in the back of that car.. I drive careful as I have a battleship round sitting behind my back if I was in a bad accident. It's my parts car.
    The only modification is Audi Q5 4 piston breaks up front. It is a huge gain in stopping power.
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    . . . For Now, Anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
    . . . helluva Christmas present Rick, glad you're OK. Will you look for another E30? Definitely one of BMW's all-time winning platforms! . . .
    Hey, Russ . . .

    Altogether, I've had 5 e30s --- easily one of my (if not THE) all-time favorites. Mechanically sturdy and straight-forward, nice + long-wearing interiors, everything else durable and serviceable. Plus --- they're a ball to drive. Upright seating with lotsa glass, light-weight and easy to tear around in. I've done just about everything you can do with 'em --- except track 'em. Over the years, I upgraded everything in the chassis --- springs, shocks, stabilizer bars, all the suspension pick-ups, bushings, brakes, bigger wheels + wider tires . . . I mean, everything under the car was totally tweaked. Most people just saw a cute sedate-looking little beater . . .

    . . . 'till any corners showed-up. Then the car was a terror

    And I still got >30 MpG


    I did do a quick search for a replacement. Actually found a twin --- Alpineweise II, black, 'roof, everything . . . but the Seller was kindova kook. Soured me

    Considered getting another M3 . . . but even a 'beater' would be pricey. And then I'd have to sort that one out. And I've already had a couple, soooo . . . been there

    Looked at Tourings, too. (Again) But to bring one over + build it up = too much time + money + energy + hassle


    I may still pick something up. I'm on BaT like, everyday, anyway . . .

    . . . but it looks like I'm gonna off e30s for awhile . . .




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    One of my other daily driver cars from the past was a 1983 E28 533i. What a neat car. Probably the easiest car to work on I've ever owned. I bought a crashed 1985 gray market Euro 635 and pulled the 218hp Euro spec engine, A nice bump from the stock 180hp unit. I also pulled the 3 piece transmission, and other misc. parts. I found some 88 M5 front brakes, sway bars, some 540i vented disc rear brakes, some used Recaros, and had the front and rear seat materials matched. I miss that car. i would love to find a Euro M535iS with the slim bumpers. For me they are just very cool cars.
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    Never having owned an e30, but for a daily transport my favourite is and probably will ever be a manual e39 touring.
    I have the e34 M5 touring for fun, but compared to an e39 it's a bit "old", so a nice 540 manual touring is imho the car I'd like to drive till the end of ICE (ok an e34 540 6 speed manual might be an option too). It's the no-nonsense reliable cheap extremely comfy car that I really like to drive with a totally predicatable behavior. I often talk my wife into using my company car (modern Audi A4 Quattro) so I can use her old BMW e39.

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