Hi Big Evil, thanks for the reply.
What you said confirms in a bit more detail what the previous owner had said about the shudder - he didn't mention a clunking when gunning it in a turn but he may not have driven it that way. I know the part is about $80 and labour will be a few hundred. That's not an issue but can you tell me whether there is an urgency for this. What other damage is going on if I drive it in this condition? (I have a few light errands before a trip and can't get it done before that.)
Regarding the lights... The lights light up when I press the test button but none above the mirror or down on the dash stay lit after starting the car. They light when I turn the ignition and then go off. I suppose when I take her in about the bearing, I'll have them run some diagnostics to see what it might be.
Before deciding on this particular car, I test drove half a dozen other e30 convertibles. 318i, 325i, all 5-speed.... and non had the feeling of power that this one does. It just takes off. And they all had a bit of rust somewhere. This one has nothing... So, though there is no radio or clock, the automatic roof is now a manual roof,
, and the leather seats are a bit worn/cracked (but no rips or tears), I'm delighted to have such a beautiful car to restore. I figure with a little TLC and a couple grand, by next summer I'll have a mint car to drive.
I'd like it to be as stock as possible. Might you be able to tell me where I would find out what stereo system came with the car?