The E30 BMW 3 Series Touring Is the Cool Little Wagon We Didn’t Get

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Touring review! The BMW 3 Series Touring is a cool little wagon– and today I'm going to review it! First I'll take you on a thorough tour of the Touring and show you all the peculiarities and functions, and then I'm going to the and I'll review the experience from behind the wheel.

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The E30 BMW 3 Series Touring Is the Cool Little Wagon We Didn’t Get

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  1. Oh, look at that 😍 I’d love to have that thing! Only if it were cheap, tho 😆 I don’t NEED a 3rd German wagon draining on my wallet 😅

  2. Live here in Germany and still see these fairly regularly. After my 1974 BMW 2002, the E30 is generally my favorite BMW…and love the wagon. Such a tidy package. Funny to see one parked next to a newer 3-series (like my current 2015 316d wagon).

  3. Yeah we have a lot of these in Germany. They get beat to hell, but a lot of them are also obsessively cared for.

    1. It is a lot of fun to see Doug get excited about a car me and my friends would buy as a cheap beater for summer trips around Europe in the late 90ties 😂😂 We’ve must got through about ten of them over the years. But it offered room and durability 👍

    2. In these days you don’t see them very often in Germany too. The “Abwrackprämie” in 2009-2010 unfortunately led to lots of them became scrapped.

  4. Maybe important to know in regard of the tailgate situation is that BMW never planned to make a wagon model. An employee transformed his sedan into a wagon in his home garage and parked it on the management parking lot in the Munich plant. They saw it and were so convinced that this was possible to produce and sell to a new customer group that they later added the touring model to the range.
    That’s also why the tailgate kind of looks like an afterthought – it actually was.

    1. The one that the bmw mechanic made was a different type boot like a split fold range rover boot so you are wrong.

    2. @AL Pack her no, now you are wrong. It was not a split fold, it had the normal sedan opening.
      But I was wrong with one thing: it was not his home garage, it was one from a friend

  5. As a wagon it looks so much like the 5 series of the time, very “substantial”. Did a double take when I read the title and saw the thumbnail!

  6. Honestly, I miss the breakdown of each category in the Doug Score. It was interesting to see WHY Doug gave each score.

    1. I didn’t even know people watched that. I always skip the driving impressions and the Doug score, as that isn’t what I come here for. I go to driving focused reviewers for that stuff.

    2. He said it was because it took up too much time. So he does the minute long Cars and Bids ad every time instead, the Dougscore animation thing, the title cards, etc. My roommate and I got SO GOOD at predicting his scores given his tone of voice and the kind of car. That was something that I didn’t know I missed until it was gone. Doug would probably just say that most people sipped the DougScore anyway. Oh well.

    3. Why does someone make this comment on every video? Follow along and decipher for yourself why he rates the way he does. Use critical thinking. Sheesh.

  7. The manual windows are pretty common on North European countries, specially in older cars. Because of ice and snow those electric components usually died in the winter, the construction of it wasn’t advanced enough, so they had manual windows for the winter and electric rooftop for the summer.

    1. @Kevin Blankenburg would you kindly type “central europe” into google real quick and realise you’re mistaken?

    2. @bebul base model 2021 Opel Karl still has manual back windows and yes I get transported in that car every day, together with my coworkers.

  8. The guy in the white Mercedes during Doug’s drive even wanted to get a better look at that E30 Touring.

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  9. As a wagon it looks so much like the 5 series of the time, very “substantial”. Did a double take when I read the title and saw the thumbnail!

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  10. 14:53 I remember I had a chance to get an E30 M3 in great shape for $10k 12 years and I thought they were crazy for asking that much. I’m still kicking myself on that one…

    Sold my E36 M3 for $18k last year.

  11. Actually one of the most common engine swaps here in europe is putting an M50 engine (preferably the M50B25) out of the E36 325i in to make it a little faster. Another option, tho more for enthusiasts, is turbocharging the M10 in the 316i or 318i as it is the same engine block used in F1 cars and the 2022 turbo and it can take a lot of boost if you know what you are doing.

    1. @VS Cars True, good point. There is no 316is tho (at least in europe) and the 318is had the M42 engine 🙂
      Both of which don’t take boost very well from the factory, for those who may be interested in that stuff.

  12. Back in the 80’s and 90’s and outside of the USA you were lucky to get window glass as standard equipment on BMW’s other than the 7 series.

  13. Small fun fact: BMW actually called the two door version a two-doored sedan. Mainly because it was closer in shape and features to a sedan, than to a regular coupe.

    1. 2-door sedans weren’t uncommon back then. The 1991-1994 Nissan Sentra was also sold in the USA as a 2-door sedan. Same thing, it was just the sedan body shape with two doors.

    2. @guitarbones I got u. I would call it a coupe too, but also a 2 door 3 series. Nowadays I think they call a coupe everything without a door frame

  14. I used to have 325iX when I was 19, and I was afraid of how fast it is and how good it cornered after an anemic front wheel drive throw away car I had as my first one)) I don’t know if today it’ll feel as fast but back then I never wanted more than 170 HP the 2.5 six offered)

    1. I love the M20b25 in my E30. Would it be nice to have more power once in a while, yes? But I’ll tell you when I don’t care about power, it’s in the canyons.

  15. 1:40 You’re kinda right, Doug! 🙂👍
    The E30 wagon came out in 1987 (together with the major Facelift) and produced until 1994 when it was succeeded by the E36 wagon in 1995

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  16. The situation to switch on a ,,parking light” with the signal stock to the side you want was very common in German cars. It was mandatory in Germany to have those lights burning while you park outside of towns or any village in the dark. So it saved you 10 watts to light up only the side facing the traffic, not the side of the road. This avoided draining your battery to fast, especially when you park for a longer time.

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