With M3 prices at all time highs, where is one to look if they want to get into an E30 at a more reasonable price? Well, the 325i is a good place to start. The touchstone of upwardly mobile professionals in the 1980s, the 325i is now revered for its mechanical simplicity relative to later BMWs and the driving pleasure it offered with a well balanced rear-drive chassis and free revving inline six cylinder engine.
We’ve seen some clean, low mileage M3s and 325i convertibles here on GCFSB, but the coupes and sedans are a bit harder to source these days. With just over 100,000 miles, this 325i coupe for sale in Portland, Oregon is an E30 lover’s dream.
Engine: 2.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: No reserve auction
This 1989 BMW 325i Coupe in black is a survivor. This was sold new here in Portland, OR by the late Roth BMW and shows regular dealership maintenance ever since. We just received this very original car as a trade-in on a newer BMW 3-series. The care it has received throughout its ownership shows everywhere. The paint is nice and glossy, with matching Pirelli P8000s all around, crystal clear glass, the leatherette is that of a much newer car, and runs and drives outstanding. In short, the car is a time capsule. Comes complete with all original books.
This is a no reserve auction with no Buy It Now. Bid on it to own it.
ENGINE: 2.5l I6
TRANSMISSION: 5-Speed manual
STOCK NUMBER: PGT3011A
VIN NUMBER: WBAAA1307K4204032
With no reserve and a lot of bidding interest, it’s fairly certain this 325i will set the bar high when it comes to late model E30 325i prices. I’d suspect this car will wind up changing hands for somewhere between $7,500 and $9,000. While it’s not the fastest nor flashiest BMW of its day, this 325i is beautiful in its simplicity and the DNA from the 2002, the original upmarket compact car, is quite apparent.