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1990 BMW 325is

The last 325is I posted was a lightly modified example that some of our intrepid readers investigated further and found a few inconsistencies, namely a rebuilt engine and a chassis with over 200k miles – a bit different than the 123k claimed.

Today’s 325is seems like it has a lot less to hide, with 232k original miles and no visible or claimed modifications other than a full Bilstein suspension setup bringing it a little closer to the road. Apparently it’s been mostly stored for the last two years after a major servicing. Sounds like an owner who thought they could make a little investment in a clean E30 and get a nice return after a couple of years. With great originality and outstanding condition for the mileage, it’s not a bad bet.

Click for details: 1990 BMW 325is on eBay

Year: 1990
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 232,412 mi
Price: Reserve auction

For sale is a gorgeous and extremely well maintained 1990 BMW 325is e30 5-Speed with 232k original miles. Comes with clean and clear title and Carfax report. Excellent example of this year and model. Always cared for and properly maintained and serviced. Never abused, always garaged. Runs and drives excellent. Drives as good as it looks. All services are up to date. Major service performed 2 years ago and with less than 200 miles. It is in excellent shape for a 25 year old car, showing less than average wear and tear. Comes with IS rear & front spoiler and sport seats. 3.73 rear differential. Please contact me with any questions prior to bidding. Serious bidders only please! Bid with confidence.



2.5 liter, runs excellent, all service and maintenance performed, Major Service done 2 years, with less than 200 miles since performed, and then stored:
all new drive belts
fuel, air and oil filters
new spark plugs
coolant flushed
new fluids: oil, coolant, transmission, and differential
differential service
new timing belt
new tensioners
new water pump
new cam seals

5 speed manual transmission, recently serviced


Black original leather interior, excellent condition, no rips or tears, carpets clean and not soiled, original dash covered nicely by new dash cap (as seen in photos), sport interior, IS seats, carpeting in front of the driver seat has small tears but covered nicely by floormats, headliner is beginning to degrade near the sunroof (as seen in photos)


Body is in excellent condition with Schwarz (Black) paint with normal wear for a 25 year old daily driver (small chips as seen photos), NO dents or rust on the body, IS front and rear spoiler


Factory BMW BBS Basketweave wheels, 3.73 LSD, brand new tires all around


Factory A/C system (recent service) that works great and blows cold, power windows and locks function correctly, Kenwood AM/FM/CD player with AUX input and IPod input, power sunroof, illuminated rear view mirror


Original factory exhaust system in great shape


Brakes in excellent condition, Bilstein sport shocks struts and lowering springs all around

The deceptive red 325is accepted an offer somewhere below the $7,800 asking price, and a year ago we saw a very similar high-mileage 325is go for $5k. The reserve auction for this one started at $5k and isn’t seeing much bidding yet, though I anticipate that changing as the end date nears. Even with the mileage, there just aren’t that many clean E30s left out there. Can it break $6-7k, or is the seller going to have to reevaluate their reserve?



  1. Scott
    Scott September 24, 2015

    A nice example but It’s pretty easy to polish the exterior and throw a little leather conditioner on these cars for make them look great in pictures (and be sure to check the seller’s business name!). if you look closely, there is still plenty of storage fodder on this one. Water stains on headliner (leaking sunroof), dirt in the console crevasses and a dash cap (not mentioned but likely a cracked dash). When the seat piping starts to ripple like bacon, it’s typically due to sun exposure. And what about the rear-end accident in the CarFax? If you’r considering this as an investment, it might be a good idea to check the VIN numbers on the panels. Also, this car spent half it’s life in New York and Pennsylvania so a few shots of the underside are sure in order. Just be sure you know exactly what you’re bidding on!

  2. MGT
    MGT September 24, 2015

    Ugh. That steering wheel is hideous compared with an Mtech I or II

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