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General Forum : Ok guys, what is this?

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      - Ok guys, what is this?
kpeters   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 6:50am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 800
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
Never seen this thing before on an E21:


cnvkellogg   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 7:17am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 36
   
Eugene, OR
78 320i
It increases horsepower by 300%. LOL. My 78 has it, its the lever to adjust the seat foward/backwards.

kpeters   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 8:42am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 801
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
HAHA! I know it was for horsepower!

Now....seriously.....Looks like it was only on really old models since my car has the lever below the seat on the right side

kpeters   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 8:43am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 802
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
HEY HEY HEY! Notice that this car is post face lift! Why does it have that lever! hmmmm

Horstl   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 8:48am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 19

Austria
323i / 2.7, 323i, 315, M3
Folks,
this is a pre facelift model (pre '79) having a facelift dash and instrument cluster installed.

look at the old style of seats (vinyl on top)
- and of course old seat adjustment mechanism,
old style carpet, old style door stop, old style
shifter boot, ...

rgds
Horst

JJG323   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 2:29pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1261
   
Reading MA USA
1979 BMW 323i
Horstl wrote:
Folks,
this is a pre facelift model (pre '79) having a facelift dash and instrument cluster installed.

look at the old style of seats (vinyl on top)
- and of course old seat adjustment mechanism,
old style carpet, old style door stop, old style
shifter boot, ...

rgds
Horst

Yes. Horst its and old car,about 77, or 78 that had that lever. Also the car should have straight frame rails for the seats. On later models they went bigger on the inside parts for the seat belts.

aussie323i   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 3:58pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 517

australia
1979 323i
yup- my car is pre facelift and it has the same lever for adjusting the seat.

kpeters   Posted Friday, Sep 1st 8:33pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 804
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
Funny when you beleive you know enough about something...you never stop learning new stuff.

nowloadingrage   Posted Saturday, Sep 2nd 3:55am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1

Tennessee, U.S.
83' 320i -w- Century Turbo
You must not see many e21's where you live.

kpeters   Posted Saturday, Sep 2nd 10:16am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 806
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
Not really I don't see any E21's.... everytime I see one I press the horn and wave

chupchup   Posted Thursday, Sep 7th 10:35am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 79
   
Singapore
320m20
It was inheirated from the 02 series. That is something I wished BMW kpet for the face lift.

That is oooone messsed up E21. Probably has electrically adjusted mirrors and a S6 in the bay!!!! ha ha

cnvkellogg   Posted Saturday, Sep 9th 5:21am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 37
   
Eugene, OR
78 320i
Is my medication wearing off or does the speedo have numbers that go all the way around?

kpeters   Posted Saturday, Sep 9th 6:10am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 810
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
cnvkellogg wrote:
Is my medication wearing off or does the speedo have numbers that go all the way around?


YUP! Up to 300km/h.

cnvkellogg   Posted Sunday, Sep 10th 6:24am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 39
   
Eugene, OR
78 320i
What hill/cliff do you drive down/off to get up the 300km/h in a e21.

melloh   Posted Sunday, Sep 10th 9:30am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 414
   
California, USA (San Jose)
1980 320is, 1991 318is
ha ha....

I apparently have hit ~110mph in my 320is.... yes the m10 (stock but w/ mildly lowered/sport suspension). It was a long flat straight shot (I-5 stretch between Northern and Southern CA). There was actually a purpose to the madness... to flag down some friggin moron in a subaru flying down w/ his trunk open. How can you drive that long and that fast w/o knowing your trunk is flapping around behind you? Scary. So my budy and I trapped him until he finally looked and pulled over. Had to use my flashlight, too. Idiot.

Oh.. and the car actually felt reasonably stable and smooth, too.

kpeters   Posted Monday, Sep 11th 6:37am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 811
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
I actually reached 200+ downhill on 5th gear. Long stretch of road. Speedo read 220 kph but again...it was down hill hehe.

Remuxer   Posted Saturday, Dec 23rd 6:03pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 5
   
Atlanta GA USA
83 320i
My e21 lets me know at about 145kph that we are no longer friends -cant imagine even 200kph in a e21!!! -ofcourse I have a 82 US model though. she is smooth as silk between 80 and 135 kph. Unfortunately your driver side lever is not visible from the passenger seat. Ladies love the gadgets!

kpeters   Posted Saturday, Dec 23rd 7:18pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 817
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
Remuxer wrote:
My e21 lets me know at about 145kph that we are no longer friends -cant imagine even 200kph in a e21!!! -ofcourse I have a 82 US model though. she is smooth as silk between 80 and 135 kph. Unfortunately your driver side lever is not visible from the passenger seat. Ladies love the gadgets!


It actually wasn't much of a joyride, the vibration on the steering wheel started decreasing at around 150kph . And yes i wont do that again haha.

Remuxer   Posted Saturday, Dec 23rd 7:43pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 10
   
Atlanta GA USA
83 320i
kpeters wrote:
Remuxer wrote:
My e21 lets me know at about 145kph that we are no longer friends -cant imagine even 200kph in a e21!!! -ofcourse I have a 82 US model though. she is smooth as silk between 80 and 135 kph. Unfortunately your driver side lever is not visible from the passenger seat. Ladies love the gadgets!


It actually wasn't much of a joyride, the vibration on the steering wheel started decreasing at around 150kph . And yes i wont do that again haha.


I've just come to accept that my car is a 25 year old great handling, extra realiable, anti-performance car!! Although this nevers stops my temptation of looking at performance upgrades! -e21-best car I ever owned by a long shot!! And its a very simple car -a true shade tree mechanics dream if you enjoy giving constant TLC.

Tricord   Posted Sunday, Dec 24th 3:28pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1001
   
Belgium, Europe
323i Baur
I once travelled about 50km at 150km/h in the 320/6 (in 4th gear ). The car wasn't even breaking a sweat.

I can't wait to have the racer on the road though... It cruises happily at 180km/h, and pushes 210km/h without hesitation (in 4th gear also, I was running low on 5spd gearboxes hehe ). But of course, the 2.7 has enough grunt to pull those speeds.

BruceH   Posted Sunday, Dec 24th 7:44pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 1076
   
Atlanta, GA USA
81 323 Baur, 85 745
Same here Tri. A group of us driving back from the BMW CCA O'Fest last year ran for 2.5 hours at 85 mph (137 KPH). I was in the Baur with a 4 speed. The ambient temp was 80F and the Baur ran fine. My ears rang for a while from the wind and engine noise.

aussie323i   Posted Monday, Dec 25th 2:10am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 550

australia
1979 323i
lol... yup but on the motor way in the UK I regularly sat on 85mph in the e30 316... admittedly it was a 5 speed, but it handled fine, and could have pushed further.

Mind you, in my brother inlaw's e39 we could sit on 110mph all day.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL

chupchup   Posted Friday, Jan 12th 8:14pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 146
   
Singapore
320m20
The E30's 5th gear has the same ratio as the E21's 4th, that is 1:1. At least that was what I had on the E30 318i.

AlaskaBimmer   Posted Monday, Jan 15th 11:38am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 18
   
Anchorage, Alaska
1981 323 Baur, 1978 320i, 1979 320i,
That lever was in my 78(11/77 build date) but my 79 pre face lift did not have the lever. so it appears to me they changed the seats in early 79, and it's not necessarily related to the facelift.

Dr. Z   Posted Friday, Feb 9th 6:00am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 2

Adelaide, South Australia
1980 323i euro spec
I know the post's moved a bit since the photo, but I think my 323i has that lever as well, but only on the passenger side. It seems to release the forward/backward movement of that seat.

But I'm actually asking about those seats

I have the same ones but upholstered in fabric. Are they the stock recaro's that came with the 323i?

realcrouton   Posted Friday, Feb 9th 4:18pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 105
   
Washington, USA
1977 320i, 1981 323i, 1991 325ic, 2000 328i
The seats in the picture are not Recaros. They are the standard seats.
-Dave

kpeters   Posted Saturday, Feb 10th 12:25am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 824
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
Wow my old post resurrected nice .

As realcrouton said they are standard seats and came both in "leather"(vynil) and fabric.

Dr. Z   Posted Saturday, Feb 10th 4:09am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 5

Adelaide, South Australia
1980 323i euro spec
Oh ok. Has anyone got a pic of what the recaro's look like?

ps: am I jacking the thread? pls tell me if I should ask those kind of things in a new thread.

cheers

Z

kpeters   Posted Saturday, Feb 10th 6:54am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 825
   
San Jose, Costa Rica
1981 320/6 Kastanienrot-Metallic 5spd
I have no problem with you bumping the thread.

These are Recaros:


sunbeam***   Posted Saturday, Feb 10th 4:37pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
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Post nr. 253
   
wirral UK
1982 323i
Correct,Recaro's have the bolsters all the way round the back rest,E30 BMW sports seats sometimes called Recaros only have the side bolsters.



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