I've been daily driving my E30 for a little over a month now and have noticed a few things that need addressing.
My driver side rear Bilstein is leaking. It was actually leaking before I even put it on the car and since I don't see a puddle under my car anymore I can pretty much assume that there isn't anything left to leak.
I tried to have it replaced under their "lifetime warranty" but Turner Motorsport were no help at all so I won't be buying from them again. But thanks to some info from Mike (DIY) I should be able to get a replacement from Bilstein directly.
When I go over bumps the car seems to shudder or vibrate. That's really the best way to describe it. I drive over the same bumps every day and I've noticed that when the front wheels go over them the car is fine, but when the back wheels go over then that's when it happens.
I'm pretty sure this is caused by the bad shock but if someone else has any ideas then let me know.
My muffler is being supported right now by some sort of metal strap, so every time it moves it makes a really loud metal on metal scraping sound.
I'm not sure if this strap even needs to be there so I may just remove it and see if there is a lot of play in the exhaust without it. I think it's there to hold the exhaust tip away from the rear valance because it is a little close to touching. This isn't the only thing supporting the muffler so it may be okay to remove.
I was planning on replacing the valve cover gasket as well as the timing chain cover gasket and timing chain tensioner. The TC rattles a little and the TC cover either is leaking a little or was leaking and was patched up.
The valve cover gasket is pretty straight forward except that I'm not sure about the spark plug gaskets? On Real OEM it looks like 3 are the same and 1 is different?
I thought replacing the TC cover gaskets would be fairly easy but Scott pointed out that it is a little more involved then it looks. I think I need to get an E36 service manual since they cover M42 engines and the E30 one doesn't. Then I can read a little more about it.
And finally something seems a little off with my steering rack. I'm not sure what exactly but it just doesn't feel right. I'm going to take a look tomorrow and make sure nothing has come loose since it was installed and then maybe I'll work on reinstalling my power steering. I really hasn't been bad without it but if having it will fix the weird feeling I'm getting then I'll be happier with it.
But now comes the fun part; shopping for parts