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1991 BMW 325ix

As we get into the slip-slidy ice times here in the Pacific Northwest, all-wheel drive is on my mind more than ever. We are fortunate to have both an E28 M5 and a Subaru Forester in our household each providing fun drives across a variety of conditions, but what if I could have both cars wrapped into one? Sounds great to me, and the first car that comes to mind to fit that bill is the E30 325ix. Deliciously analog in the 80s Bimmer way while dishing out AWD security in any condition is a tasty combination.

This example comes from the state that may hold the highest concentration of ix models, Colorado. It’s been repainted white and is fairly straight, if a little rough around the edges. But I chose this car because any time I see an E30 the Project part of my brain starts turning: what are you going to do in the future? Engine swap, suspension, spruce up the interior – all pretty typical E30 items that this 325ix would be a great foundation for. With 180k miles, the engine may be coming up in not too long, but that will provide an opportunity to get the autobox out as well. It’s no showstopper, but it’s exactly the kind of 80s German metal I want to play with heading into winter.

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Year: 1991
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 180,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction
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This Car has never been east of Denver, this is a big deal if you are looking for a car that will continue to appreciate in value. Under carraige is as clean as rest of car, not even surface rust…will post pics from under car soon.

If you are looking at this car I assume you know its uniqueness. It’s the Holy Grail of early E30’s
The first 4WD BMW; Only made from 1988 to 1991, full independent suspension…Four wheels disc brakes. Only the 325IX had fender flares. Everything works on this car except a few minor things like drivers side door lock(auto lock works at trunk) and bouncing speedo………. New tires have 50 miles on them…just changed oil and filter……Very Clean…..non-smoker
The factory paint was blue but a complete re-paint was done years ago, now the clear coat is failing but looks great from 10 feet. The only place that wasn’t painted white was in the spare tire well. Original seats were stolen….Borbet wheels….Bilstein shocks….Typical cracks in dash….Original radio….Upgraded Hella and Off Road lights……..A/C upgraded, 134a and cold …. Heater is great…. Headliner perfect….carpet very good….door panels excellent….sunroof works….windows roll up and down…..
Most of these cars were stripped for Rally Racing, so not many left for collectors. This car has no rust…… Not a flawless car but worth bringing back to showroom condition….Or ready to drive for another 20 years ……..Drives arrow straight and smooth…..loves to run at 70+mph…..Eats up snow and gravel roads…
I’ve owned 3 of these cars . This is by far the cleanest car I’ve owned.
These cars sold for approx.$ 33,000.00 in 1991

Please check out VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT above average at 33 ….I bought it from a family that cared for this car for 17 years…..

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With a starting bid of just $2k, this could be one of the cheaper E30s we’ve seen in quite some time, and it’s not even that rough! The longer I spend in the Northwest, the more I want something that can play in rain, snow, and ice, and I can’t see something more suited than the E30s chassis with a nice inline-6. Maybe it can get an S52 down the line and some nice heated Recaros, then this Colorado-special will really become something fun. Anything under $6k and this is a great E30 deal.



  1. Jason
    Jason November 29, 2015

    I live in the PNW as well and nearly pulled the trigger on a 325ix. In the end, I went with a URS6 instead. Heated Recaros, manual, 4 doors and more power.

  2. jeff
    jeff November 30, 2015

    iX’s are actually difficult candidates for swaps as there are many model specific parts – mainly the oil pan, which has the front CV joint going through it. I have seen 1 or 2 m50 or m52 conversions where the they fabricated a oil pan with an original front and new rear welded together. cant imagine it was an easy build, especially considering the relative ease of a non iX e30.

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