BMW 3 Series (E30)

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BMW 3 Series
(E30)
Bmw e30.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1982–1994
Designer Claus Luthe
Max Reisböck
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car (D)
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door convertible
4-door compact sedan
5-door Touring
Layout FR layout (most models)
F4 layout (325iX)
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Length 4,320–4,460 mm (170–176 in)
Width 1,650 mm (65 in)
Height 1,370–1,400 mm (54–55 in)
Curb weight 1,070–1,370 kg (2,360–3,020 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor BMW 3 Series (E21)
Successor BMW 3 Series (E36)
316i interior

The BMW E30 is the second generation of BMW 3 Series, which was produced from 1982 to 1994. The initial models used the coupe (two-door sedan) body style. Four-door sedan models were introduced in 1983, convertibles were introduced in 1985 and estate ("Touring") models were introduced in 1987.

The E30 was the first 3 Series to be available in wagon and four-door sedan body styles. It was also the first 3 Series to offer a diesel engine, and all-wheel drive was introduced to the 3 Series range with the 325iX model. The BMW Z1 roadster was based on the E30 platform.

The E36 replaced the E30 coupe models in 1990, with other E30 body styles being phased out of production until the final E30 model, a Touring, was produced in 1994.[1]

The first BMW M3 was built on the E30 platform. The E30 M3 is powered by the high-revving BMW S14 four-cylinder petrol engine, which produced 175 kW (235 hp) in its final European-only iteration.[2]

Development and launch[edit]

The E30 3 Series began development under chief designer Claus Luthe in 1978[3] and was released in November 1982.[4](p117)

Externally, the E30's appearance is very similar to twin headlight versions of its E21 predecessor, however there are various detail changes in styling to the E30. Major differences to the E21 include interior features and revised suspension (to reduce the oversteer for which the E21 was criticised).[5] As per the E21, a Baur convertible was available.

Unlike its predecessor, the second generation 3 Series was available as a four-door sedan and five-door estate/wagon ("Touring").[6](p98) The Touring body style was began life as a prototype built by BMW engineer Max Reisböck in his friend's garage in 1984.[7]

Engines[edit]

Following on from the E21, at the launch of the E30 range in 1982 it was fitted with the M10 straight-four and the M20 straight-six engines.[8] Over the production run, the M10 was replaced with the M40 and M42, the M20 received various upgrades and the BMW S14 engine was introduced in the M3. A six-cylinder diesel was also introduced later, originally only in naturally aspirated form.

Four-cylinder[edit]

BMW E30 318is engine

At the launch of the E30 range in 1982, the 316 used a 1766 cc M10 fed by a carburetor and producing 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp), this engine allowed BMW to offer a cheap, entry-level car in the range. The 318i had the same M10 engine, but with Jetronic fuel injection, pushing power to 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) while also improving fuel economy.

The 1987 "Series 2" update introduced a new four-cylinder SOHC engine, the 1796 cc M40 with 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp). This engine incorporated Motronic fuel injection. The 316 was replaced by the 316i, which used a 1596 cc M40B16, producing 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp). This was not quite as torquey as the 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) 1766 cc M10 it replaced - nevertheless, it offered superior performance overall. The 316i model (and previous 316 model) was not sold in Australia, where the base model continued to be the 318i.

The 318iS coupe was released in 1989, soon followed by the 318i sedan and 318iC convertible.[8] These models introduced a new engine, the M42 with chain-driven dual overhead camshafts. This is the most modern engine available in the E30 range, incorporating the updated Bosch Motronic 1.3, hydraulic valve adjusters, four individual coil packs and a compression ratio of 10:1.[9]

The M3 is powered by the BMW S14 engine, a high-revving motorsport engine.

Six-cylinder[edit]

Petrol[edit]

BMW E30 325i engine

At the launch of the E30 range, the 320i (2.0 L M20 with 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp)) and 323i (2.3 L M20 with 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp)) were available, both using Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection. These models were not sold in North America, presumably for emissions reasons. In 1985, the 323i was replaced with a 2.5 L version of the M20, which produced 126 kW (169 hp) and used Bosch Motronic fuel injection.[10] This engine was available in the 325i variants (including the all-wheel drive 325iX).

An economy version called the 325e (the e signifying efficiency/economy) was released as a lower revving, more fuel efficient engine. To maximise low-rev torque, the engine was the largest available in the chassis (aside from the South Africa-only 333i model). The 2.7 L had a longer stroke than the 2.5 L, with a more restrictive head, four cam bearings instead of seven (less internal friction), and single valve springs where the 2.5l had doubled up springs. This resulted in 90.22 kW (123 PS; 121 hp) at 4250 rpm and, more importantly, 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) at 3250 rpm (peak torque for a 325i is 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm).

The 1987 "Series 2" update boosted the 320i to 95 kW (129 PS; 127 hp) and the 325i to 126 kW (171 PS; 169 hp) and improved fuel economy.

Diesel[edit]

BMW M21 diesel engine

In 1985, BMW introduced the 324d, which has the M21 diesel straight-six engine. The engine has a capacity of 2,443 cc (149 cu in), uses electronic (indirect) fuel injection and produces 63 kW (86 PS).

In 1987 a turbocharged version called the 324td with 85 kW (116 PS) arrived. This model also has an electronically-controlled injection pump (DDE) developed by Bosch, which increases power output and reduces NVH.[11](p17)

Drivetrain[edit]

1991 BMW 325iX coupe (US)

In total, eight transmissions were available for the various models of the E30: five manuals, and two automatics.

Manual transmissions[edit]

The standard gearbox for the 316 and some 318i models is the Getrag 242 4-speed,[12] these models had the option of the 5-speed Getrag 240. The Getrag 242 does not have synchromesh on reverse.

The 5-speed 318i models use the Getrag 240 gearbox.[13] This gearbox is also used on the 320i, however with a different bell housing to suit the M20 engine.

The 323i, 325e, 325es and 325i use the stronger Getrag 260 5-speed.[14]

The M3 was fitted with a Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox.[15] This featured a dogleg shift pattern for European models and a standard H-pattern for North American models.[16]

Automatic transmissions[edit]

The 3-speed ZF 3HP22 was available on the M10 316 and 318i models until year 1985.[17]

The 4-speed ZF 4HP22 was available on all models later.[18]

Differentials[edit]

There are a number of options for the gear ratio for E30 differentials, with an optional limited-slip option. "Medium case" differentials were fitted to cars with the following ratios:

  • 325e: 2.93, 2.79 (Early cars)
  • 325i manual: 3.73
  • 325i automatic: 3.73 (Early 325i), 4.10
  • 325ix manual: 3.91 (Viscous)
  • 325ix automatic: 4.10 (Viscous)
  • M3: 4.10

The 4-cylinder cars (other than the M3) came with "small case" differentials in the following ratios:

  • 84-85 318i manual: 3.64
  • 84-85 318i automatic: 3.91
  • 91 318i, 318is: 4.10
  • 91-94 318ic automatic: 4.27

Suspension[edit]

1991-1992 E30 Touring

One of the features that added to the roominess of the E30 was the suspension. The front MacPherson struts and rear semi-trailing arm suspension were a compact arrangement that left a lot of cabin and boot space for the car's overall size. The semi-trailing arms have been criticized for the dynamic toe & camber changes inherent to the suspension geometry, causing bump steer in hard cornering situations (such as racing and autocross). This has contributed to the E30 as having a reputation for "tail happy" handling, where rear grip is reduced in certain situations, leading to oversteer.

A widened version of the E30 front suspension and the drivetrain from the E30 325i were used in the BMW Z1 roadster. The BMW Z3 (E36/4) and BMW Compact (E36/5) rear suspensions are also very similar to the E30, but utilizing five-lug hubs. The Z3-based BMW M Coupe uses a widened version of the same rear semi-trailing arm suspension.

Brakes[edit]

For the front wheels, all models use disk brakes on the front wheels. For the rear wheels, most models use disk brakes, except for some 4-cylinder models which use drum brakes. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) became available in 1986.[19](p1:10)

Models[edit]

Four-cylinder petrol[edit]

Model Year(s) Engine Power Torque
316 1982-1987 M10B18 90 hp (67 kW)
@ 5,500 rpm
103 lb·ft (140 N·m)
@ 4,000 rpm
316i 1987-1994 M40B16 102 hp (76 kW)
@ 5,500 rpm
105 lb·ft (142 N·m)
@ 4,500 rpm
318i 1982-1987 M10B18 105 hp (78 kW)
@ 5,800 rpm
107 lb·ft (145 N·m)
@ 4,500 rpm
1987-1994 M40B18 113 hp (84 kW)
@ 5,500 rpm
120 lb·ft (163 N·m)
@ 4,250 rpm
318is 1989-1991 M42B18 140 hp (104 kW)
@ 5,500 rpm
129 lb·ft (175 N·m)
@ 4,250 rpm
M3 1986-1990 S14B23 197 hp (147 kW)
@ 6,750 rpm
177 lb·ft (240 N·m)
@ 4,750 rpm
M3 Evo 1 1987
M3 Evo 2 1988 217 hp (162 kW)
@ 6,750 rpm
181 lb·ft (245 N·m)
@ 4,750 rpm
M3 Sport Evo 1989-1990 S14B25 235 hp (175 kW)
@ 7,000 rpm
177 lb·ft (240 N·m)
@ 4,750 rpm

Six-cylinder petrol[edit]

Model Year(s) Engine Power Torque
320i 1982-1985 M20B20 123 hp (92 kW)
@ 5,800 rpm
125 lb·ft (170 N·m)
@ 4,000 rpm
1985-1987 129 hp (96 kW)
@ 6,000 rpm
128 lb·ft (174 N·m)
@ 4,000 rpm
1987-1992 129 hp (96 kW)
@ 6,000 rpm
121 lb·ft (164 N·m)
@ 4,300 rpm
323i 1982-1984 M20B23 137 hp (102 kW)
@ 5,300 rpm
151 lb·ft (205 N·m)
@ 4,000 rpm
1984-1985 150 hp (112 kW)
@ 6,000 rpm
325/e/es 1985-1987 M20B27 127 hp (95 kW)*
@ 4,250 rpm
177 lb·ft (240 N·m)*
@ 3,250 rpm
1988 127 hp (95 kW)
@ 4,250 rpm
170 lb·ft (230 N·m)
@ 3,200 rpm
325i 1985-1993 M20B25 169 hp (126 kW)**
@ 5,800 rpm
166 lb·ft (225 N·m)**
@ 4,000 rpm
325is 1987-1990
325ix 1985-1991

* With catalytic converter: 121 hp (90 kW), 170 lb·ft (230 N·m)
** With catalytic converter: 168 hp (125 kW), 163 lb·ft (221 N·m)

Six-cylinder diesel[edit]

Model Year(s) Engine Power Torque
324d 1985-1991 M21D24 84 hp (63 kW)
@ 4,600 rpm
112 lb·ft (152 N·m)
@ 2,500 rpm
324td 1987-1991 M21D24
turbo
114 hp (85 kW)
@ 4,800 rpm
162 lb·ft (220 N·m)
@ 4,000 rpm

North American models[edit]

1982-1987 coupe (Canada)

The model range in the United States consisted of the following:

  • 318i (1984-1985 using the M10 engine, then 1991 using the M42 engine)
  • 318is (1991 only)
  • 325, 325e and 325es
  • 325i, 325is (1987-1991 only)
  • 325ix (1988-1991 only)

The primary distinctive feature of the BMW E30 models produced for the North American market in 1984–1987 are the elongated front/rear aluminum bumpers. These bumpers are commonly known as "diving boards."[20]

In 1988, the anodized aluminum bumpers for the North American market were shortened by revising the cover/fillers and shortening the shocks. In 1989 (again, for North America) the aluminum bumpers were replaced with shorter plastic bumpers in body-colour.[21]

South African models[edit]

In South Africa, only the coupes and sedans were built, four cylinder gasoline (petrol) models production continued there until 1992.

Despite the introduction of the M40 engine, the old M10-powered 316 continued to be sold in South Africa until 1991, gaining the new bumpers when the range was updated.

The 333i is a South Africa-only model, and the South African 325iS models were a different specification to 325iS models sold in other countries.

M3[edit]

BMW E30 "M3 Sport Evolution"

The BMW M3 utilised a widened and heavily redesigned variation of the coupe body style, therefore the M3 shares few body parts with other E30 models.[5] The M3 suspension is also significantly different from regular E30 models,[16] including 5 lug wheel bolts.

Special models[edit]

Alpina[edit]

Alpina B6 2.8

The Alpina C1, C2, B3 and B6 models were based on the E30.

320is[edit]

BMW E30 320is sedan (1990)

For Portugal and Italy only, due to considerably higher VAT and vehicle tax for cars with engines exceeding 2000 cc, a special model was created: the 320is.[22] The sedan version appeared in the dealers' showrooms in September 1987 while the coupe version arrived in March 1988. Production of the 320is continued until 1991.

This model was produced both in coupe and sedan versions and was equipped with a 1,990 cc (121.4 cu in) version of the S14 engine from the M3, with stroke reduced to 72.6 mm (2.9 in).[23] This engine produced 192 hp (143 kW) at 6900 rpm and 155 lb·ft (210 N·m) at 4,900 rpm. The 320is shared the same dogleg Getrag 265 gearbox of the non-US M3 while it had a limited slip differential with the same 25% lock up rate but with a shorter differential ratio of 3.46:1.[24] All the 320is models were left hand drive and without a catalytic converter. Sports suspension was fitted to all coupes, and to sedans produced from September 1989.

The interior of the 320is was identical to that of other 3 Series models, except an M3 instrument cluster (which features an oil temperature gauge instead of a fuel economy gauge) was used. The 320is was sold for three years, with 1206 sedans and 2542 coupes being produced.[25]

M325i[edit]

In New Zealand, where the M3 was never officially sold, the local importer created a sporting version of the sedan called M325i. About 100 such cars were imported beginning in late 1986 until at least 1990.[26] Fitted with the standard non-catalyzed 171 PS (126 kW) 2.5 litre engine they benefitted from a Motorsport fettled suspension, the M-Technic body package, 15-inch BBS cross-spoke wheels with wide, low profile (225/50) tyres, and a limited-slip differential.[26] The M325i is quite similar to the British market 325i Sport, also developed as a response to the absence of a right-hand-drive M3.

333i[edit]

BMW South Africa's Motorsport division created the 333i in 1985 by fitting the 3.2 L M30 "big six" engine to a coupe E30.[27] The resulting 333i was a success in South African saloon car racing. These cars were built with help from Alpina in Buchloe, Germany.[28][29] Due to the space constraints caused by the large M30 engine, the buyer was forced to choose between air conditioning (vital in South Africa) and power steering. The 333i was produced from 1985 to 1987 and only 204 cars were produced.[30]

The 333i engine produces 145 kW (194 hp) at 5500 rpm and 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) at 4300 rpm. Official performance claims are 0–100 km/h in 7.4 s and a top speed of 228 km/h (142 mph).[31]

South African 325iS[edit]

The 2.7 litre 325iS (commonly called "Evo 1") was created by BMW South Africa to replace the 2.5 litre 126 kW 325i in Group N production car racing, as a response to the introduction of the Opel Kadett 2 litre 16V to the Class A category. It was launched in the first half of 1990 and was powered by an Alpina-fettled, 2.7 litre M20 engine which produced 145 kW (194 hp) at 5800 rpm and 264 N·m (195 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm. BMW claimed a 0-100 time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of approximately 230 km/h. The 325iS used aluminium doors, fenders and bonnet and was fitted with the 5-stud race-tuned suspension from the European BMW E30 M3 (which was not sold in South Africa).

Following the introduction of the upgraded Opel Kadett 16V SuperBoss, in 1991 BMW South Africa introduced the 325iS Evolution HP (commonly referred to as the "Evo 2"). The motor was upgraded to produce 155 kW (208 hp) at 5920 rpm and 264 newton metres (195 lb·ft) at 4040 rpm. The pwer increases were due to improvements to the induction system, increased compression ratio, an upgraded cylinder head, an increased rev limit and a revised exhaust system. Despite the increased power, BMW's official performance figures were unchanged over the 325iS.

The Evolution HP was equipped with a front splitter/underbody tray to aid high-speed under-floor aerodynamics. The aluminium panels were no longer used, due to cost and repair-ability issues. The differential ratio was shortened and shorter springs were used in the front suspension.

The Evolution HP won the Group N Class A title in 1993, winning 20 of the 24 races and setting several lap records in the process. The Robbi Smith and Geoff Goddard Evolution HP won the season-ending 9hr race by 10 laps.

JPS Edition[edit]

The JPS Edition is an Australian-only model built as a tribute to the 635CSi cars competing in local touring car racing. The JPS in the name refers to the sponsor of the race cars, John Player Special cigarettes. The cars are based on a 323i coupe and are coloured black with gold pinstripe and gold BBS wheels. Other features included Recaro sports seats, JPS badging, a limited slip diff, sports suspension, sunroof and unique body kit.[32]

The number of JPS cars produced is unknown, however it is speculated to be over 70.[33][34]

Model year changes[edit]

Minor update (1985)[edit]

1985-1987 BMW 318i

This update included changes to exterior and interior trim. The 323i model was replaced with the 325i at this time[35] and the diesel-engined 324d was introduced.

A factory convertible entered the model range. However, the Baur remained on sale, alongside the factory convertible. The M3 convertible was only offered for the European market.

Major update (1987)[edit]

1987 update

At Frankfurt in September 1987, BMW introduced a major update to the E30 (often called "Series 2").[35][11](pp17,19) The changes to the lineup were the addition of the Touring (station wagon) variant and removal of the 325e model. The M10 4-cylinder engine was replaced by the M40.

External styling changes included a new front bumper, redesigned rear lights, rear apron, headlight reflectors, and licence plate frame, while the window frames lost their chrome trim.[11] Rust protection was improved with the update. Various mechanical changes were made, including updating of the engine range. The 1987 update models remained largely unchanged until the end of production.

Production volumes[edit]

1988–1990 convertible (Australia)
Year Units[36]

[37]

1981
1982 15,580
1983 218,201
1984 285,134
1985 297,886
1986 329,460
1987 316,075
1988 269,074
1989 257,307
1990 246,818
1991 56,363
1992 26,913
1993 18,440
1994 1,997

† The first E30s were produced in December 1981 (323i models only), but the numbers are not known

The total production from 1982 to 1994 is approximately 2,433,000 units.[38](p7)

Motorsport[edit]

E30 M3 DTM touring car

The E30 M3 had a very successful career in Touring car racing.[39][40][41]

The E30 remains a popular car for racing[42][43][44] and E30 racing series are run in the United States and Australia.[45][46]

Film and television appearances[edit]

The E30 has appeared in many shows and films, including Beverly Hills Cop, Miami Vice, Pretty in Pink, Bird on a Wire, Beverly Hills 90210 and Seinfeld.[47]

Wheeler Dealers Season 2 Episode 7 features a 325i Touring.[48]

In the Top Gear television series Season 16 Episode 4, the presenters entered a challenge for 4-seat convertibles costing under £2000. All 3 presenters purchased E30 325i convertibles. The challenge was won by James May's car, which was the least modified of the three.[49]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Jeremy Walton (2001). BMW 3-Series Collectors Guide: Generation 1 and 2 including M3. Motor Racing Publications. ISBN 1-899870-55-5. 
  • R.M. Clarke (1990). BMW Series 3 - 4 Cylinder Cars Gold Portfolio. Brooklands Books. ISBN 1-85520-149-6. 
  • A.K. Legg & Larry Warren (1996). BMW 3- & 5-Series Haynes Service and Repair Manual. Haynes. ISBN 1-85960-236-3. 
  • Various authors (1993). BMW Serie "3" (Modelos después 1983) Estudios técnicos y documentación. ANETO-ETAI. ISSN 1134-7155. 
  • Andrew Everett (2006). BMW E30 - 3 Series Restoration Bible. Brooklands Books. ISBN 1-85520-678-1. 
  • Robert Bentley (2003). BMW 3 Series (E30) Service Manual: 1984–1990. Bentley Publishing. ISBN 0837603250. 

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