1978 BMW 320i


OK. Someone fill me in. C’mon guys, what’s the joke? Why are you all selling your E21s with stupid low mileage at the same time? And why are most of them red? If you’re trying to inflate the market, all you’ve done is convince me that there is always a sub-50K mile E21 (with sport package!) lying in wait. Not only that, it will have the front air dam, BBS alloys, and the kick-ass Recaro interior intact. Intact! So, another day, and another unloved 3er goes up for grabs with what, on the surface, appears to be all the right stuff but in reality is a car with limited excitement in the seat-of-the-pants department. I want badly for the owners of the E21 generation to feel the love all of us E30 owners are basking in at the moment, but I’m afraid the marketplace just ain’t listening. Who knows – maybe I’ll eat those words someday. In the meantime, $5 says another one pops up before next week.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 BMW 320i on Atlanta’s Craigslist


Year: 1978
Model: 320i
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Mileage:21,000 miles
Price: $9,000


This classic car is a great collectors item or everyday driver.
Runs great and is very fun to drive.
For any BMW enthusiast.
This car is a MUST SEE.

**Small dent and scratch on rear left panel as posted in pictures**

4 spd
Leather interior
Recaro bucket seats
Momo steering wheel
Classic BBS wheels
CD player with AUX port installed

This is a special car. No lowballing or trades. $9,000 OBO
Email or call for more info 808 280 8885


As most of us know, the Recaros in these cars are worth a mint, even in ratty condition. I keep hoping someone will give me a set. In reality, if the E21 had the right motor, we all know it’d be commanding a good price, as the rest of the package is pretty killer. I’d still love to know why so many people kept them so close to time-capsule status – are they that awful to drive? Or was there heavy marketing at the time indicating they’d be a future collectors item?


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4 Comments on "1978 BMW 320i"

  1. Low miles or no low miles, for that asking price that’s a good-sized dent for what is quite frankly not a very popular car to begin with. Better to just pay for PDR if the seller expects to attract that sort of money.

  2. Ed says:

    Being an ex-E30 owner myself and having spent some time driving a friend’s E21, I can honestly say that there is no way I would pick an E21 over any E30. The E30 felt more modern, had proper HVAC and (in the US) much better engine choices. Still, they are great looking cars but feel more antiquated and probably closer to a 2002 in terms of modern conveniences.

  3. Dallas says:

    Small dent! Would hate to see a large dent!

  4. Poorhouse says:

    Those look to be an era correct aftermarket Recaro seats, not the correct 320is seats.

    Those old BMW odometers are the most reliable things. Hope the seller has a paper trail to support the mileage claim.