4WD Week: 1989 BMW 325ix

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Paul wrote up a very nice, true-Euro ix for 4WD week, but it is possible to find nice examples on this side as well. The true German rocked 4 doors and just 20k miles, but is also over $20k and an ocean away. Today’s is a very clean silver copy in the US with a lot of well-educated enthusiast love to keep it fresh despite over 180k miles. It’s also the fun combo of 2 doors and 5-speeds, with 4 driven wheels making this a late-80s charmer. The care is clear, but does it really elevate an ix above $15k?

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Year: 1989
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 183,300 mi
Price: $15,750 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 1989 BMW 325ix on eBay

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89 325 IX Coupe, 5 speed, Lachsilber with grey cloth interior. Extensive restoration and upgrades. Plenty of torque at the low and high end. Adult driven, not tracked, no rust, no excuses car. I’m technically the 3rd owner of this car. My friend (also an IX fanatic) purchased the car for me in Boulder Colorado where it lived most of its life and delivered it to Santa Fe, NM. It has records from previous owners. I bought it in August 2012 with 167,300 miles and proceeded to restore and upgrade the car. The odometer just turned 183,300 miles with the following completed.

Engine and Drivetrain

– Mega Squirt II chip, air box.
– Custom ceramic coated headers
– Goetz head gasket, valves re-ground, polished intake valves, Raceware studs
– Clutch, machined flywheel.
– Short shifter kit.
– 4:10 transfer cases, re-built drive shaft, seals.
– Brake rotors, pads.
– Ignition coil, distributor, 19lb. injectors, plugs, fuel pump, alternator, timing belt
– A/C compressor, power steering pump, muffler.
Suspension
– Coil over springs and shocks.
– Rear sub-frame bushings, rear camber kit bushings, inner and outer cv joints.
– M3 front control arm bushings.
– New control arms.
– New wheel bearings.
– BAM front shock tower bar.
– Motor mounts.

Trim – Exterior – Interior
– Euro Hellas, grilles
– Euro bumpers
– Replaced sport seats, door cards.
– Analog clock, Alpine Bluetooth stereo, premium speakers.
– New skid plate
– New sunroof transmission and crank.
– Paint
I would rate it as 7. Original except for hood re-spray. Clear coat excellent. $500 spent on paint less dent repair. It has usual wear on flares, nicks in paint.
– Two sets of wheels, basket weaves and bottle caps, Blizzaks and summer tires.

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The engine bay and exterior appear extra clean, while the apparently-redone cloth seats don’t look quite as showroom-status. It is a very pretty and well taken care-of ix, but with 180k miles I think the asking price is rather optimistic. We’re not quite there yet, E30 folks.

-NR

4WD Week: 1986 BMW 325ix with 20k miles

All-wheel drive is a fairly popular option in many of today’s BMWs, but dial back and few decades and the trend was just staring to take off. In 1985, BMW introduced the “ix” suffix, offering all-wheel drive capability to the 325 sedan, coupe and (eventually) Touring. This 3 series included two viscous couplings filled with silicone which were not computer controlled. Torque split front to rear was a 37:63 ratio. Those who have owned an ix extoll their virtues and the motoring press at the time found much to love about this car, notably its greater bias towards rear drive offering better acceleration and more neutral handling in comparison to the Audi 90 Quattro of the time. This early model 325ix sedan was owned by one elderly owner and is currently located just east of Nuremburg, Germany.

Year: 1986
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,800 km (~ 19,138 mi)
Price: €17,900 (~ $24,551 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 325ix on Mobile.de

Additional tank
Central locking
Electric passenger mirror
Model logo elimination
Brown tinted glass
Electric sunroof
Front electric windows
Sports seats for driver/passenger
Low beam headlight range control
ABS
all-wheel drive
Power Steering
Blaupunkt radio/cassette
Fog lights
Alloy wheels
Electric antenna
On-board computer

Rare BMW 325ix in pristine original condition. The only owner (born 1930) of the car was a doctor from northern Germany. The sensationally low mileage and like new condition all-wheel drive 3 Series, makes it a unique, unrestored example. All vehicle documents, like the original vehicle registration document, log, including service book, birth certificate from BMW are available. The BMW E30 is shipped with a new MOT and service. More pictures and information on your vehicle, please visit our website: www.birgland-classics.de

It’s not too hard to find a mint condition E30, but when it comes to the ix, choice is scarce, especially stateside. The US market didn’t get the four-door ix until 1989, so this euro market example, replete with unique wheels and trim would make for a conversation piece at the next BMW CCA meet. Admittedly, it would take one dedicated enthusiast to bring it over at the price listed. While it didn’t have the low mileage, the 1988 325ix we featured not too long ago was priced closer to reality. And that car was here in the US, so any shipping or importation costs would be mitigated. You’d probably be edging close to $30,000 by the time all was said and done in getting this thing to these shores. With exception of the M3, that’s stratospheric money for an E30.

-Paul

1988 BMW 325ix

Winter is upon us here in the Northeast, with some of us already experiencing the first snowfall. Audis are always a great choice for those of us who want performance and all-wheel drive capability. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a dark horse for those wanting power but the assurance of it going to all four wheels. The 325ix was the first foray for BMW into all-wheel drive, with a viscous coupling splitting power front to rear with a limited slip differential in the rear axle. Available in the US beginning 1988 as a two-door model, the four-door arrived a year later and were sold alongside other E30s until 1991. This two owner ’88 325ix with a full service history is on offer from Guten Parts + Service in New Jersey.

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Year: 1988
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 73,000 mi
Price: $14,949

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 325ix for sale at Guten Parts + Service

For sale: enthusiast owned, mint condition 1988 325ix, 2.5L straight 6, manual 5-speed transmission, and ABS on 4-wheel disc brakes. This car is 4WD and the 4WD works perfectly. The 1988 model comes fully loaded with all of the “is” equipment: 13 button OBC, full check panel, automatic windows, automatic sunroof, central locking system, rear deck spoiler, premium sound system, sport seats, and front “is” lip. One owner from 1988-2011; I am the second owner. The car has always been garaged and has been washed and waxed regularly throughout the year (minimum of 1x per month – even in winter months). Completely rust free and in excellent condition. All mechanical items work perfectly. I have a binder full of receipts, including the original purchase receipt and window sticker for all work performed since 1988! The car was professionally maintained by the original dealer and local mechanics in PA from 1988-2011. Since 2011, the car has been meticulously and exclusively maintained by Guten Parts + Service in South Orange, NJ (www.gutenparts.com). Upgrades to stock items include: H&R sport springs, Bilstein HD shocks, K&N air filter, Rogue stainless steel brake and clutch lines, Rogue rear shock mounts, Stromung stainless steel exhaust, z3 short shift kit, new OE floor mats, BMW pedals, new tires @ 62,695 miles, ZHP weighted shift knob, GE key-less entry, Mark D 91 octane chip, euro grills, and many more (all receipts and documentation available for review). Any questions just ask. All installed parts are either OE or OEM, and all work was performed by trained professionals at GPS. No tinkering, no self-installed goodies, no weekend-warrior mechanic work, and no slip-ups. This car is in incredible condition. Why sell? I just purchased another e30 and don’t have the time bandwidth or space available to care for both e30s with the level of care I’ve put into this ix. I’m looking for a good home for this car, so please, serious buyers only. More pictures can be found here: http://88ix.imgur.com

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Having owned an ’88 325is myself, the ix model was always an intriguing proposition. I’ve never owned an all-wheel drive car, but have given serious consideration towards a C4 Audi S4/S6 of late. Those who I have spoken to have praised the ix for its supreme capability in foul weather conditions. Maintenance costs on these ix models can be a little higher, as there are some specific bits related to the drivetrain that can be a little harder to source. But for me, it would be a small price to pay for a bit of individuality. Looking at the one photo in this post of this ix sitting amongst a bunch of modern SUVs really highlights how bleak the automotive landscape is these days for those wanting something distinctive.

-Paul

1991 BMW 325ix

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A weathered 325ix drove by yesterday missing a rear trim piece, but the unique bodykit always helps these stick out from the majority of E30s. All-wheel drive is becoming more common and readily available in most BMW models these days, but in 1991 it was a bit of a rarity and I doubt many people realize what those wider E30s really are. Their rarity makes it hard to find good ones, but this one comes with less than 100k miles and looking great. I like the four-door look, and the owner has really made this an all-year performer with Nokian tires and a clean Yakima rack. X-drive may have derived its name from these early all-wheel drives, but the simple “ix” is representative of a time when capability wasn’t confused with overcomplication.

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Year: 1991
Model: 325ix
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 97,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $9,995 Buy-It-Now

Click for more details: 1991 BMW 325ix on eBay

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Originally sold new a Gephardt BMW-Boulder, CO. One owner until last year. Original paint, Automatic (rebuilt at Gephardt) 97,XXX miles. All maintanence since new at Gephardt and Murray BMW. Timimg belt done. Upgrades since I purchased: New leather wrapped/heated recaro sports seats (original seats are included), Just refinshed the basketweave wheels, Nokian all season tires, new floor/trunk mats, top of the line Alpine sound system, Yakima rail system with flush Whisbar rack, clear bra. This is a true time capsule..has to be one of the nicest iX’s in the states..

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Bidding is hot but the buy-it-now is pretty high, even for a very clean ix. Clearly very well cared for inside and out, it will be interesting to see just how far this rides the E30 pricewave. It’d be nice if the reserve could break a few grand before the BIN, but there’s no questioning that this is a prime example of the ix.

-NR

One-owner 1991 BMW 325ix

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A friend approached me with a 325ix he was interested in recently. All-wheel drive in the epic E30 chassis has always intrigued me, making a great all-season performer. The one my friend was looking at left plenty to be desired in terms of care and was an automatic; today’s ix was produced in the E30s final year and is looking beautiful and well cared for after its 22 years with the original owner. Inside and out it shows that the 116k miles it’s covered were careful and maintenance was performed with zeal and punctuality. Cleaner and more original than most E30s we see, let alone ix models, it could command a bit of a premium over most E30 325s on the market.

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Year: 1991
Model: 325iX
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 116,700 mi
Price: Auction, reserve met

Click for more details: One-owner 1991 BMW 325ix on eBay

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For sale is a 1991 BMW 325ix. This vehicle is brilliant red over black leather. This is a one owner vehicle that was ordered by the customer and sold new by the BMW Store here in Cincinnati. The vehicle has been maintained by the dealer or a local independent BMW shop its entire life.

Driving impressions:

The engine starts immediately and idles smoothly. The car pulls strong through all the gears. Gear shifts are very crisp and positive, no slop or play is evident in the gear selector. The suspension is tight with no rattles, knocks, or creaks. The car tracks straight down the road and stops well with no pulling left or right.

Vehicle appearance:

The condition of the car is truly incredible for its age and originality. The vehicle has never had any accidents or paint work. The body panels are rust free. The underside is rust free with just some surface oxidation on some hardware and axle/suspension components. The leather is very nice. No cracks or tears at all. Just light wear on the driver’s bolster. The headliner is very clean and has no sag. The carpets are very nice with minimal fading and no stains. The original floor mats are faded. The dash, door panels, and center console are as new. The tool kit is complete and looks to have never been used. The ski pass-through also appears to have never been used. The trunk carpeting is spotless.

Accessories:

All accessories work. Windows, central locking, sunroof, and heated seats work perfectly. All electrical components function as they should, including the clock and trip computer. The original radio is present and works perfectly, as does the electric antenna. All aspects of the climate control system function as they should. The blower works on all speeds and air flow can be directed through the vents as it should. The A/C blows very cold, thanks to a recent A/C compressor replacement. The heat blows hot.

Misc:

The leather packet including manual, service book, warranty card, and radio manual is present and complete. The vehicle has four keys. The wheels are obviously aftermarket, and ugly. Unfortunately, the originals are not available. Recent work includes and oil/filter/lubrication service. Replacement of the front lower ball joints, and an OE muffler was installed. Though service history is not present (lost in a move) an itemized list of service/replacement items is present, going back to 1995. The timing belt and water pump were replaced at 95k miles in August of 2007 (now due by time). Additionally, the head gasket leaks, though not badly. These items can be addressed at our current shop rates if the new owner would like this addressed prior to vehicle delivery. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, with the exception of what my reserve is.

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Apparently the reserve wasn’t overly high, as the car has crossed the $6k mark with the reserve off and quite a few bidders. The aftermarket wheels could be worse, but they could be better. Beyond that, take care of the head gasket ASAP and this will be one of the nicest 325ixes out there.

-NR

1990 BMW 325iX – REVISIT

The 1990 BMW 325iX we featured last week is back up for auction. After 25 bids in the last auction, the car did not meet its reserve with a final bid of $7,301.

1990 BMW 325iX on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site March 3, 2013:

E30s have been trolling me all last week. Everywhere I go, I seem to run across one parked on the street or passing me by in the opposite side of traffic. Whatever it is, I can’t get them off my mind. Now here comes this 325iX for sale in Idaho. Even though the mileage is high, it is in rather amazing shape and a great opportunity for someone wanting a true “sports” utility vehicle.

Year: 1991
Model: 325iX
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 183,993 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1991 BMW 325iX on eBay

Rare 1990 BMW 325iX All Wheel drive E30. California vehicle. One of only 699 produced for the U.S in 1990. Extremely rare. Special Order Diamond Black exterior with black leather sport seats. The black on black looks amazing. Equipped with an Inline 6 cylinder engine with Iron block and aluminum head, it’s the original engine and runs great. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts smooth with a solid clutch. This is a dealer maintained E30, the most recent timing belt change was 6,000 miles ago. Loaded with power sunroof, roof rack, BMW basket weave sport wheels, front valance/rear spoiler, A/C, Cruise, power windows and locks, power mirrors, heated leather seats, On board computer. The paint is original and looks amazing, all the panels are still labeled with the vin stickers. No accidents, Clean title. The 325 IX is Carfax and Autocheck certified. Feel free to call 208-899-5860 for any questions

325IX facts:
The iX has a viscous coupling (filled with silicone) in the drivetrain to split torque front to rear and another in the rear differential to provide a limited slip function.

-Even on the most slippery surfaces the iX can accelerate at full throttle after the first several yards.
-A driver airbag was added in most ’90 and all ’91 models.
-Asking prices in December ’97 for a 5-speed in good condition in the prime Denver market (where there are always iX’s in the classifieds) range from about $10K for ’88s to $17K for ’91
-The viscous couplings are sealed permanently and require no maintenance.
-BMW choose a ratio of 37/63% front to rear because this corresponds to the weight distribution on each axle under full acceleration.
-EPA figures for the iX are 17/23 and for the iS 18/24.

The 1989 325i sold for $11,101 last week, making me think that if its the right combination of model, mileage and condition, E30 prices will be rising steadily in the next few years. The iX is a rare beast here in the US. They have a cult following, especially in colder climates where their viscous coupling all-wheel drive system comes in handy.

With the reserve not being met at almost $7,000, I’d suspect the seller is looking for somewhere closer to $10,000. If the mileage was closer to around 100,000, that figure might seem more reasonable. Even considering its well-kept condition, I’d think somewhere around $7,000 is a more reasonable figure, given the mileage and provided comprehensive records could be furnished.

-Paul

The BMW E30 Touring: A Retrospective

Like most German car fans, the BMW E30 hits all the right buttons. As a former owner, I still long for the day when I have enough space to go looking around for one to play with once again. I also like estate cars. Sad, then, that one of the most uncompromising 5-doors ever made was never offered stateside. The E30 Touring was offered from 1987 through the end of E30 production and sought to marry the driving pleasure offered by the standard 3 series and mix it with a bit of utility. Offered with a choice of the 1.8 liter M40 four cylinder or the M20B25 2.5 liter inline six, you could also specify all-wheel drive on the six cylinder model.

The US market wouldn’t officially see a 3 series Touring until the year 2000 in the form of the E46. Given the 25 year rule exemption with the Department of Transportation, a few E30 Tourings are beginning to crop up on US shores. Some intrepid enthusiasts have even gone to the trouble of importing these small estates in knock down form and reassembling them, oftentimes with more aggressive engine, transmission and suspension set ups.

The E30 Tourings featured today are not modified, but a tempting bit of BMW Touring goodness on the other side of the pond. First, let’s take a look at what is described as the last six cylinder E30 Touring sold new in the UK:

Year: 1993
Model: 325i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 96,000
Price: £4,800 (~$7,450 USD)

1993 BMW 325i Touring on Car and Classic UK

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September 1993. BMW 325i Touring. 96,000 miles with a full and comprehensive history file. Reputed to be the very last 325i Touring sold in the UK, this was a special order car, as by this time the 6 cylinder Touring model was deleted from both the brochure and price list. (The lesser bretheren 316 & 318 models were readily available until into 1994). BMW UK know of none later than this car on their database.

Supplied new by ‘Prohpets BMW’ of Gerrards Cross in the early Autumn of 1993, this example has been in a private BMW collection for the past 2 1/2 years. Now due to a change of emphasis the car has become available. Most importantly the car has remained utterly standard and unmodified, save the fitment of a stainless steel exhaust system last year! That apart there are no modifications from new! The car has a full and thorough history file, it will be sold with the following paperwork:

V5C.
Current and previous MOT certificates.
Various Bills & Invoices.
BMW correspondence.
Original BMW File to include
Service book, handbook, radio handbook, dealer listings etc.
Two sets of keys.
Immobiliser and alarm fob.

The car has an MOT until mid July, it will have a new issue certificate upon sale. The road fund licence is until February 2013. The bodywork is extremely good, just a couple of chips that have been touched in. The car retains its original panels and the majority of the paintwork is also original. The wheels are the correct and optional 15″ BBS variety, these are original and have been shod with Dunlop Sport tyres, they all have at least 5-6 mm of tread remaining.

The interior is all but unmarked; seats, carpets, door cards, boot compartment, general trim quite simply superb. Even the original headlining is very good. Of course there will be a downside and there are a couple of very minor hairline cracks on the dashboard top. The car retains the original Philips Radio cassette player. An alarm and immobiliser have been fitted. Both work and are only there for insurance purposes.

Mechanically the car is very strong. A full history file points to a properly maintained car and this does show through. If the car has needed anything, it has had it. The car has all its original tools, BBS spare wheel, correct ‘Touring’ tool kit, unopened 1st aid kit etc. The car is ready for fun weekends, a second car that is different, or just a ‘high’ days and ‘holidays’ car…. it would be shame to be put into everyday use. This is very much an end of an era car, and duly needs to be treated as such.

While presented very nicely, the automatic transmission is a detractor for someone like myself, not to mention I don’t live in a country where folks drive on the left. The next E30 Touring we are going to take a look at is for sale in Bavaria has higher mileage, but has a 5-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive, making it more attractive for the colder climates.

Year: 1990
Model: 325iX Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 195,000 km (~121,000 miles)
Price: Auction – No Reserve

1990 BMW 325iX Touring on eBay.de

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Hello, for sale is our 1990 BMW 325ix touring, about 195,000 km

Fog lights
Heated seats (both work)
On-board computer
Steel sunroof
Power mirrors

Our reliable 325ix touring has done faithful service and runs without any problems. The interior is exceptionally well maintained. In November, a service was conducted (oil + filter, air filter, candles, and the front brake hoses replaced). Because of its age, the 325ix and rust (door edges, hood) and traces of paint and metal, hard to prevent in a vehicle of this age.

To gain a comprehensive picture, a visit is possible and desirable in Regensburg. Please read the following instructions. Cash + pickup within a week after purchase. No renegotiation after auction. No returns and warranty. The vehicle is sold as is. Since the vehicle is offered elsewhere, I reserve the right to end the auction early.

A good E30 325i with anywhere between 90,000 and 125,000 can fetch somewhere between $4,500 and $7,500. If available in the US, these Tourings would certainly bring somewhere north of $5,000 to $6,000, due to the rarity and the fact that they appear to be relatively clean and accident free. Even though the red E30 for sale in the UK is reportedly the last one sold new there, the automatic might hold back the value a bit with certain buyers. I’d suspect the silver 325iX Touring for sale in Bavaria will wind up somewhere around $5,500 by auction’s end, given the relative rarity of iX models, regardless of body style.

-Paul

1990 BMW 325iX

For those of us who live in colder climates in the northern hemisphere, a lot of cars we feature this time of year on GCFSB are pipe dreams. All-wheel drive is a very useful tool, but save for the errant Audi Quattro, what other modern classics out there can match that foul weather capability? Perhaps a BMW 325iX should be on your list. Offered for just a few short years in the US market at the end of the E30 production run, these cars featured a three differentials and had a 37/63 front to rear power split. It’s hard to find a clean iX these days, but this one for sale in South Carolina looks tidy and has had a comprehensive amount of work done.

Year: 1990
Model: 325iX
Engine: 2.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 160,000 on current engine
Price: $7,500

1990 BMW 325iX on Craigslist Atlanta

Up for sale is my 1990 Brilliantrot 325ix 5-speed. Car has been a journey. Its been a lot of fun working on this car but I think I would like to invest in some more E30s. Transfer Case is in good working order. PO had the car painted. Its not in bad good condition. The hood has some scratches on it. The interior is in good condition. The driver seat does have a rip on the left side. Just replaced the ODO gears. I only have a couple of pics to post tonight. Like I said this was a feeler and got the urge to post it.

I am just seeing whats out there. I am currently looking for an E28 M5. Car is super fun to drive. Car has ZERO RUST. Engine came from an ’89 iX that had 160k on it. I’m sure I’ve missed a couple of things. Car is located in South Carolina. I have a video of doing the Jack Test. PM your cell and ill send video. Thanks for looking and please let me know if you have questions let me know. I hope to have some interior shots tomorrow. There maybe somethings I’m missing but aren’t deal breakers. Just ask if you dont see. Car does come with an extra IX specific engine w/out head. I do have the original suspension setup also. Just purchased brand new tires all four 205/55/r15s.

Asking price is $7500.

Currently this is whats been done to the car since June:

• Front axle boots & rear boots replaced
• All gaskets changed (oil pan = no fun)
• New thermostat housing
• New water pump
• New timing belt
• All new belts
• All new coolant hoses
• New radiator
• All new flex disc
• Transmission seals
• Rear main seal
• 17lb injectors
• Motor mounts
• Newer control arms
• New tie rods
• New sway bar links
• New slotted/drilled rotors
• z3 short shifter with all new bushings
• Euro smileys
• New Bosch spark plugs
• Valve Clearance
• New clutch/pressure plate
• New oil level sensor
• New slave cylinder
• Euro bumper trim
• All splines have Moly 60
• iS lip
• H&R Sports
• Bilstein all four corners
• New battery
• New fogs
• New fluids
• New brakes
• Magnaflow exhaust
• K&N intake

From the one picture in the ad, this car certainly looks a lot cleaner than the usual iX you run across. The seller seems reasonable, so hopefully he would be willing to share more photos with interested parties. The asking price is right around the high end of iX values, so it would appear the seller is looking to recoup some of the outlay for maintenance and repairs. One thing that is concerning is the engine swap; more color on this issue and the amount of miles on the chassis would be of benefit to interested parties.

Thanks to our reader Chad for alerting us to this ride!

-Paul

1989 BMW 325ix with 62,000 miles

Beginning in the early 1980s, all wheel drive started trickling its way into a number of non off-road vehicles. Audi began to perfect their Quattro system, Mercedes-Benz introduced 4matic, and BMW tested the waters with their ix models. While the E34 5 series was offered with all wheel drive in certain markets, the US received the ix prefix in the form of the two or four door E30 325i.

The ix never took off sales wise in the US and they are quite a rare sight on the roads these days. I did see a few during the years I spent in Boston, which is where I assume a good number of these cars wound up. Amazingly, here’s one of the lowest mileage examples I’ve seen and it’s a relatively short drive from where I live.

1989 BMW 325ix on eBay

For sale is my 1989 BMW 325ix with 62,231 original miles (adult owned) that has been driven only 1000 miles in last 10 years.zinnoberrot (red) exterior with light gray interior. This is one of the nicest surviving 325ix you’ll find anywhere! if you are looking to buy an untouched e30 all wheel drive you are not going to find another one like this.

ENGINE

2.5 liter SOHC inline 6 cylinder. Maintenance is current, valves just adjusted. Runs great and strong without any issues.the car runs ,drives and look like a car with 60k miles.

TRANSMISSION

The automatic transmission shifts perfectly and is very smooth.

EXTERIOR

The body is in perfect condition with no scratches.the paint is all original and shines just like a new car.This car has never been in any kind of accident and has the vin tag on all of the body panels and has always been garaged and cared for .There are no rust in this vehicle and the car looks perfect.I’d rate the original paint on this car 9.5 out of 10.

INTERIOR

The interior is every bit as nice as the exterior. The original cloth seats have no sign of wear or tears and are in perfect condition. The carpet is free of spots & stains and is clean even under the seats. No french fries or coffee stains ! The dash is completely crack-free. The headliner is perfect and clean. This car has never been smoked in.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment and options work correctly including power windows, manual sunroof, door locks, mirrors, rear defrost,original BMW radio and power antenna also HEATED SEATS. The A/C also blows ice cold .the car comes with 4 original BMW mud flaps ,thule roof rack and original ski bag (never used)

WHEELS & TIRES

It has the original BMW cross-spoke 15″ wheels (including the spare) that are is perfect condition The tires are 205/55-15 with about 5 miles on them (I just install 4 brand new tires). I just replaced front shocks ,brakes all around and front rotors. Timing belt , water pump , A/C belt , alternator belt ,P/S belt , engine oil and coolant were replaced last week (almost zero miles on them). All wheel drive system is also in perfect working order just like everything else in the car.

With about two days to go, this E30 ix has yet to meet the reserve. Few ix models with such low miles exist, so I’d assume the seller is looking for around $10,000 or so. I’d say a more realistic figure might be around $8,000. If this particular car had the 5 speed manual, it might be a bit more desirable in the enthusiast’s eyes. Still, it’s a nice piece and provided the all wheel drive bits are in good working order as stated, it would be an inexpensive way to enjoy the Ultimate Driving Machine all year round.

-Paul

1988 BMW 325iX

You don’t come across these very often, but every now and then they crop up. The all wheel drive 325iX was produced from 1988 through 1991 and was available initially as a two door model and available with four doors after 1989. The iX model had a viscous coupling to split torque to the front and rear wheels with a rear differential to provide limited slip to the rear wheels. Those who are astute with their BMWs can spot an iX instantly, as this model has flared wheel arches and, after 1989, 15″ BBS wheels. Amazingly, the iX only suffers about 1 mpg less in fuel consumption than the more popular iS model.

Description from the seller:

How is the interior?: Look at the pictures! The interior is indistinguishable from when it was new. That is a bold statement, but I will stand by it. The back seats have never been used. The front seats (super nice sport seats) have been covered for years with the sheepskin covers you see in the trunk picture. I have known this car for a very very long time and I have never actually seen the front seats until today, when I removed the sheepskins for the pictures. The seats literally look brand new! No cracking, no wear marks on side bolsters, and the leather is as soft and supple as the were in 1988. The dash is perfect…not a single crack or imperfection anywhere. The headliner is perfect–no sagging and no stains anywhere. The carpets are perfect–always protected by rubber mats, which are also in the trunk. Never ever smoked in. Still smells new–I swear. Look at the pictures. This is the nicest E30 interior you will ever see. Even the AC/Heat knobs look brand new. Interior is a 10/10.

Body: The body is also gorgeous–no rust anywhere on this E30. Denver does not use salt on our roads, and it’s previous home was WA, which also does not use salt, hence this very rare rust free example. The paint is thick and lustrous and shines even in direct sunlight. There are a few imperfections here and there, but you have to get very close to the car to pick them out. The rear quarter flares have some road rash from winter driving, but I imagine these plastic pieces could be resprayed very easily to make the car perfect.

Glass: No cracks or chips anywhere.

Tires: Winter snow tires are currently on the car and they are almost new–85% all around.

Electrical: Everything works perfectly. windows go up and down perfectly, signals work perfectly, etc etc

Heated seats: work!

AC/Heat: blows ice cold and heat is very hot

Mechanical: best part of the car. over-maintained if anything. car needs absolutely nothing, not even an oil change. doesnt leak one drop of anything–could park it on your kitchen floor and wouldnt leave a drop of anything.

Suspension: very tight–not a single rattle or squeak anwhere on the car.

Brakes: 75% all around

These iX models do not come up for sale that often, which makes placing a value on them difficult. Given the rarity, I would think close to $10,000 would be a reasonable guess for such a fun and capable machine. My first car was a 1988 325is and seeing an E30 this mint brings back fond memories. As good as the new 3 series is, the E30 is my favorite, due to their simplicity and fun to drive factor. For the iX, reliability is pretty decent, as I would regularly see a few of these chugging along the streets of Boston when I lived there a few years ago.

Source: BMW325iX Registry FAQs

-Paul