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E30 Maintenance Tips

Keeping your E30 in good running order doesn’t have to be costly. If you’re a BMW enthusiast, chances are you’re also a DIY enthusiast. Let’s be honest, not many people can afford to run to their indie mechanic every time they need a repair on a car that’s over twenty years old. For example, something as simple as a clutch slave cylinder replacement can cost nearly $400 with parts, labor and tax at a local garage. This is something the weekend mechanic can repair in a few hours with around $60 in parts. 

Over the past year I have been making common repairs on my 1987 325is and documenting the repairs with YouTube video tutorials. In this post I’ll go over some of those repairs from the last year. As of the date of this posting, there are twenty videos uploaded to the official E30 repair playlist found here.

E30 Service Interval and Inspection Light Reset


How to Install E30 Odometer Gears


How to Polish the Plastic Cover on an E30 Gauge Cluster


How to Adjust the Valve Clearances on an E30


How to Replace the Valve Cover Gasket on an E30


Here is just a select few videos which have been very popular for other E30 owners over the last year. To see the entire video playlist dedicated to E30 repair, check out my YouTube channel here. Is there repair video or guide that you’d like to see me do? Let me know in the comments below!


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