1989 BMW 325ix – REVISIT

The 1989 BMW 325ix we featured last month did not sell and is back up on offer. With four doors and a five-speed manual, this one should grab the attention of the E30 fanatics.

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The below post originally appeared on our site June 30, 2015:

Even though it was my first car, I’ve lost a bit of interest in the BMW E30 3 series over the years. I’m not sure whether its the fact that other cars have grabbed my attention or I’ve just grown bored with them. But there are still two E30s that still fascinate me. One is the Touring model, of which examples are just starting to trickle over to these shores. The other is the 325ix. The all-wheel drive E30 was somewhat rare, with just under 30,000 produced and a little over 2,600 examples sold in the US market. This particular 325ix for sale in Virginia has been restored and is equipped with a manual gearbox. In Alpine White in four-door trim, this is quite the desirable, eye catching combination.

Year: 1989
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 173,940 mi
Price: Reserve auction

White exterior on tan vinyl interior.
173,940 original miles, working odometer with upgraded gears from Odometer Gears.
This car is in fantastic condition. Everything has been gone over at E&E.
Exterior
Alpineweiss factory color, freshly painted
Factory Ellipsoid projector lights
Working power antenna
Factory rear sport spoiler
Factory sunroof wind deflector
Factory 15″ BBS wheels.
Interior
Tan comfort seats in perfect condition
Nearly perfect dash, with just one small imperfection
Clean interior
3-spoke sport steering wheel
Factory Husco armrest
Rear seat armrest with a ski-hole
Tan carpet is in perfect shape
New 325iX tan floor mats
Odometer works and new Odometer Gears gears installed to keep working for years to come.
Power windows
Manual sunroof
Working A/C
Premium sound
Engine and Mechanical
2.5L Engine M20 with a manual transmission
173,931 original miles
All fresh fluids, oil, transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, differential fluid
Valve adjustment done
New valve cover gasket and rocker shaft plugs
New timing belt and tensioner
New water pump
New radiator
New fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulator, and fuel hoses
New fuel filter
New brake rotors and pads
Rebuilt front brake calipers
ANSA exhaust muffler

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It’s no secret that E30 prices have been remaining strong, especially the rare versions like this all-wheel drive 325ix. We saw a four-door 1989 325ix with 93k miles sell for $7,900 back in February of this year. That car was an automatic and not nearly as refreshed as the example we see here. I’d guess this car might pull in the $10,000 to $12,000 range, given the desirable spec and level of work done to it.

-Paul

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3 Comments

  1. I’m probably being a little nitpicky here, but there are a few issues with this car that I would consider before buying. The driver’s seat appears discolored from the rest of the interior. The passenger seat has a headrest that is folded forward, and it also appears to have a rip in it. The front bumper gap on the passenger side appears a little off, while it sits more flush on the driver’s side. Could be nothing, but could indicate problems underneath. The freshly painted undercarriage could also indicate hidden problems; I find it odd when owners take the time to paint the undercarriage but leave things like discolored interior seats and panels. Finally, an attempt to visit the seller’s website led to a “404 page not found” error. Again, this could be nothing but it would lead me to get a good PPI from someone that knows BMWs before a purchase.

  2. “premium sound” yeah right! That head unit is a $20 monstrosity! and doesn’t appear to even be seated properly.

  3. i think the fresh paint on top and bottom could probably be attributed to one simple fact: a quick check of the CarFax shows that it was a New England car for the first 10-12 years and probably 100k plus miles. These cars are tough, but the salt and corrosion will take its toll.

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