Article by Ciprian Mihai

Three years ago in 2010, I purchased my 1989 E30 316i in Alpine Weiss, and immediately fell in love with it. As most BMW fans know, these early 3-series are lightweight cars with great handling, and the 316i was no exception. It was all original with no modifications, just a little rust underneath.

All of that was about to change, however, with a complete rebuild in 2012. Along with eliminating the rust completely, the process involved body, paint, interior, wheels, suspension, rear axles with disc brake conversion, Brembo brakes all around, with new Lemforder bushings keeping the ride tight.


In total, the rebuild took about six months, but it was worth it to bring about the end result. Today my treasured 316i looks and drives amazing, thanks to some new parts and a whole lot of love!

Year : 1989
Model : 316i sedan with 4.27 open differential
Engine : B16M40
Color : Alpine Weiss II
Interior : Recaro heated seats
Wheel: M-Technik I
Suspension: Ta-Technix adjustable suspension
Wheels : BBS RZ Gold 7×15 with polished lips, BBS RS polished caps/ BBS gold center logo
Tyre : Michelin 195/50/15
Front Vr6 lip
Original green tinted windows
Hella smoked headlights
Rusty hood
US style park lights
Red taillights
Music : 4x Pioneer, 1x Kenwood amplifier, 1x Blaupunkt GT subwoofer