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.
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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.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 325ix on Connecticut’s Craigslist
My GCFSB colleague Jeff has discussed the idea of the “forever car” before, after his brother shared an article regarding a classic Porsche 911. I was intrigued by this notion. My R53 Cooper S has a bit of this ideal about it, as it is a car I can’t see parting with anytime soon. It does everything too well. It’s fast, engaging, economical, easy to park and can haul a decent amount with the rear seats down. It suits my every need and has been trouble free to boot. But if I ever needed something a bit larger, what would I turn to?
Well, without question, this car would be high up on my list. The E91 BMW 3 series Touring with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A old childhood friend of mine just scooped up a 6-speed manual E91 Touring and loves it. His wife wanted an SUV, but luckily he won that round. We featured another 328i Touring, but this 328i x-Drive Touring, brought to our attention by our friends at BlythBros. is the stuff that dreams are made of for estate fans. Black over Oyster leather, M-Sport package, 6-speed manual. Does it get any better than this, folks?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 BMW 328i x-Drive Touring M-Sport on Minneapolis’ Craigslist
BMW has done much to advance the notion of a sport sedan throughout history, but few embody the concept better than the E36 M3 Sedan. Available for just two short years here in the US, a four-door M3 wouldn’t reappear for another decade until the V8 engined E90 M3 arrived on the scene. A lot of these M3 sedans are equipped with the automatic gearbox, but this Alpine White example for sale at Enthusiast Auto Group has the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and has covered less than 100,000 miles.