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Old 07-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Questions for e30 ownership in Toronto

Hi folks,

Please bear with my elementary questions, as owning 'god's personal chariot' is a new realm for me.

Before I take a leap of faith and pick up an e30, what's involved with owning an older car such as a 1987-1990 e30 in Ontario, with respect to the government? Is a 22-25 year old car exempt from certain smog/emission tests, or subject to additional inspections?

Do things get complicated if said e30 is home to an s52 in the front? Does it have a chance in bat's hell to pass the required inspections/government-mandated tests?

Thanks in advance for any guidance and please feel free to mention anything that I may be overlooking in terms of the legalities. Hope to be part of the family real soon.

-G
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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You should really post this in the e30 section but I can give you a quick basic run down as I've owned a few over the years with the current one in my stable for the last 3.5 years. Any car '88 and newer is and will be subject to emissions tests for the life of the car. '87 and older no emissions test whatsoever.

Insurance if you're over 25 with a reasonable driving record is not a problem.

Engine swaps are more difficult. Some that I know, just didn't tell their insurance company, but everyone knows if something happens, and their insurance company didn't know they don't have to pay, or they will and drop you. Once dropped good luck finding insurance elsewhere. Some insurance company's will cover you, others will charge a premium. So you have to pay due diligence shopping for insurance. Again, being older with a clean record pays dividends when it comes to this aspect. I'm 38 so there you go.

Reliability, cost of ownership, fun to drive, fuel economy, and all out joy of ownership are hard to beat. Cheapest car I've ever had to fix, run, beat, abuse and what not, a complete joy to drive. Plus the amount of high 5's I get from other motorists, the sheer number of people that try to pull me over and offer me to buy it is just astounding. I say if you want to pay too much for it it's yours! LOL, but I'm likely to never sell it!
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