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First BMW - only took 50 years

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Hi

Just bought a 1982 323i. Not my first classic but my first BMW. It is very tidy, and will be a weekend car.

Had it checked over and needs just a few maintenance items updated, but seems to drive well.

I will probably get the initial stuff done through a shop, then slowly take over the easy stuff myself once I know the car better.

It has had the single headlight installed but comes with the original double setup.

Photo is from a previous owner, as I don't pick it up until Saturday.

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Great starting place for a classic, welcome

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Awesome - looks like a unicorn. Single headlight rocks - clean and simple.

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There are probably a few more things to fix than I had hoped but I still think overall it's a good buy. The body and interior are very tidy. It's underneath as you'd expect, that some work is required. The list more or less included;

new tyres required

rear suspension springs not captive

excessive play in steering rack output shafts

excessive play in steering rack end joints

a couple of areas of very minor corrosion in engine bay

brake and clutch masters signs of leaking

oil leaks from front timing cover, power steering pump, rear of sump, bell housing

gear box oil leak from tail shaft output area

weak rear shocks

compression was also a bit varied. the guy said it wasn't burning any oil and looked to be burning evenly but the reading in 5 was only 100, while the others were 125 / 130 / 140 / 150

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Very Nice and rare

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power steering feels relatively heavy but in a good way

I like that it doesn't have power windows / power sunroof / aircon.....just good old fashion winders and fresh air

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Has it got the recaro and lsd .

Check the rear shocks and see what setting the peach is on. It may be set at its lowest to get the car down.

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G'day. It has the standard seats. Not sure about lsd yet.....I need to get a few things like jack stands etc first.

The thing that has saved this car, and is shown in the box of receipts, is that the same family owned it from 1990 until 2013 and boy did that guy spend ALOT of money on it.

I need to do the cambelt now I know that it was last done in 2004, even though the car has only done about 7k since then.

Still has the original bavaria tape deck

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