I have a thing for buying cars that need love, typically e30s , miatas and few VWs as well. The other day I stumbled on a cheap e30 m3 for sale on craigslist that didn't run (still $28k) and decided that fiscal responsibility > an e30 m3. So I did the next best thing.. ask the guy if I could come over and get his m3 running for him
When I got there I noticed he also had an R that had been parked almost as long as the m3 (3-4 years). I didn't know much about these but I have two buddies in Charlotte that love theirs (Hi Eamonn & Ian ). I decided to convince the owner to let me buy the R because I needed a new daily (Auto for LA traffic) and it seemed like a fun project. He had just replaced the 4C shocks before parking it, which was nice.
Here she is the day I picked her up.
Before moving her I did an oil change and bled the brakes as the pedal went to the floor.
After that was a quick trip to American/Discount tire for a set of DWs06 (or whatever their version of that tire is.. contact pro sport something)
I brought her home with a moving permit (CA thing) to get her readiness monitors set. In the meantime she got a light wetsand in some problematic areas and a full rubbing compound/polish/wax
The paint sucks in some areas (clearcoat failure) but she came out ok.. Installed my roof rack to cover the bad patch on the roof
The hood has bird dropping clear damage, which is annoying. I'm hoping to pick up used hood at some point or maybe get the roof
In the meantime I installed a GROM unit for bluetooth
One commute to Anaheim and back and she was ready for SMOG! Well evap hadn't set yet, but that's allowed
Next was getting her titled and new sticker
(i covered a 2013 sticker with the '18 )
Anyways. Now it was time to address some serious differed maintenance and warped rotors. I placed two orders, one with IPD for timing belt/wp/drivetrain fluids and one with BMA (local) for brake pads/rotors/gas cap)
Random pic in Beverly Hills