The E30 Tourings are coming. As the weeks and months pass, it seems that there are those here stateside willing to go to lengths to import the E30 that was forbidden to us, the five-door Touring. Most of these lifestyle estates that have cropped up for sale have had the 2.5 liter inline-6 under the hood, but this one is powered by the turbocharged 2.4 liter inline-6 diesel that we saw here in the E28 5 series. For those who want an E30 Touring but seek a bit more economy, this one is available in Los Angeles.
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E30 values seem to have matured to the point that consumers aren’t phased by high prices for the right car. I’ve noticed over the last few months a sort of cooling of heads, and less turmoil when a car is posted outside of the $4-$6K comfort range so many E30s tend to fall into. Examples like this 1990 325is from California, which is in immaculate condition and sports some hard-to-find period Dinan modifications (good luck finding the exhaust – lots of “Wanted to Buy” threads that go no where fast), are the outliers that everyone generally agrees is worth the asking price. Perhaps it’s because the market has settled to the point that we know what generally counts as crap, what’s a decent driver, and what’s truly becoming unrepeatable as E30s get snatched up and either restored or modified beyond recognition. This car, for my money anyway, edges towards the unrepeatable category.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 BMW 325is on R3VLimited
This particular BMW 325is brings back a lot of memories for me, as it is almost identical to my first car, an Alpine White 325is. Mine was of 1988 vintage with the larger bumpers, tan leather interior and slightly smaller basketweave BBS wheels with gold centers. A great car that was, and this ’89 example for sale in Georgia has me pining for another E30. With the slimmer bumpers and nicely contrasting red leather interior, this one is a looker and a decent alternative to those who pine after an E30 M3 but are on a budget.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325is on eBay
Even though I often think I could never buy the same car twice, the idea of owning an IX intrigues me. This is pretty close to how I’d spec mine (aside from being Alpine White, of course), in a coupe body with a black sport interior. This car still wears its factory 15×7 basketweaves (with center caps!) along with a very fresh-looking interior for the miles. No mention is made of the condition of the transfer case or the presence of rust underneath the factory bodykit, but for a car to look so tidy after nearly 300,000 miles, we’re hoping the mechanical and cosmetic health is excellent. IXs are usually subjected to the worst that conditions have to offer, which typically means lots of road salt and sitting encased in a frozen concoction of winter mess for weeks on end. My E30 hibernates all winter for exactly this reason, but it’d be nice to have one to go play in the snow with.