3xE30, 3 of 3: 1987 BMW 325is

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For all the claims that the E30 M3’s skyrocketing value is a bubble, the appreciation of nice E30s in general may just provide a foundation to float that bubble for a while yet. The finale in my trio of E30s is a very nice E30 in condition similar to the white M3 that began this series: 122k miles, well attended, although this 325is appears marginally cleaner. And yes, these Bimmers which are not far from the bread-and-butter, 24 hours of Lemons-type of performance car are going for higher prices than the E30 M3 when I first became aware of its awesomeness. Not saying there’s no explanation for their desirability; nothing wrong with a well cared-for and clean example of the epic, sharp, game-changing sports sedan.

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Year: 1989
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,000
Price: $10,000

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I am selling my 1987 BMW 325is. Only 122,000 miles, original paint and in near perfect condition. This car has been well taken care of, pampered inside and out. This car has been my passion for many years, but unfortunately it’s time to part with her. Please check out the list of recent maintenance items performed along with the list of modifications. To say I was obsessed with this car would be an understatement.

Recent Maintenance
– Changed engine oil ever 5,000 miles
– Changed tranny and differential fluids
– Adjusted valves
– Flushed the coolant
– Replaced oxygen sensor
– Replaced fuel filter
– Replaced air filter
– Replaced air intake hose
– Replaced wiper blades
– Replaced antenna mast and antenna grommet
– Replaced timing belt and tensioner pulley
– Replaced cam seal and o-ring
– Replaced all belts
– Replaced all coolant hoses
– Replaced thermostat, thermostat housing and cover
– Replaced water pump
– Replaced spark plugs and spark plug wires
– Replaced coil, distributor rotor, cap and cover
– Replaced muffler and catalytic converter
– Replaced the front bumper trim
– Replaced front lower control arms
– Replaced swaybar end links
– Replaced swaybar end link bracket
– Replaced tierod assembly
– Replaced steering rack lock plate (for tierods)
– Replaced rear wheel bearings
– Replaced engine mounts
– Replaced transmission mounts
– Replaced drive shaft flex disk
– Replaced chrome trim around windshield
– Replaced chrome trim around rear glass
– Replaced shift knob w/ leather boot
– Replaced floor mats

– European Grill
– European Ellipsoid Headlights
– 17×7 SSR Comp Wheels
– 235/40/17 Falken Azenis RT615 tires (only 2,000 miles on these tires)
– M-tech II Steering Wheel
– IE Stage 3 Race Springs
– Koni Sports (single adjustable)
– IE Camber Plates
– Suspension Techniques sway bars
– IE Rear Camber and Toe Kit
– IE Short Shift Kit and complete bushing replacement
– IE Sway Bar rear billet aluminum mount
– Aluminum Rear Shock Tower Mounts
– Powerflex E30/E36 3 Series Control Arm Bushing
– Powerflex E30/Z3/318ti Rear Trailing Arm Bushing
– Powerflex 3 Series Rear Subframe Bushings
– OEM BMW Stock Brake Rotors
– Bimmerworld Stainless Steel Brake Lines
– Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads
– Had the front spoiler sanded, primed and painted
– Custom 4 wheel alignment

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Well-maintained, simply beautiful, and improved but not changed; what else is there to say? This is an E30 that shines, even if it blends in for those not looking. Get those clean “is” models while you can, investors.


3xE30, 2 of 3: Turbocharged 1991 BMW 325is

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I’ve always loved tuner cars but can’t really imagine buying a car someone else has extensively modified. The E30 is a classic platform for great mods though and it’d be nice to think claims of reliability could prove true. Today’s is an interesting creation with a 1991 535i’s block breathed on by a Garret GT35R creating a punishing 409hp monster. Perhaps not the nimblest of E30s, it’s not a track car; the sellers’ multiple commutes to work in it must be a hoot.

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Year: 1991
Model: 325is
Engine: Turbocharged 3.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 111,000
Price: Reserve-on auction

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hello i am selling my car because i am looking to buy a house. my family was the secound owner of this car. my dad first owned the car then passed it down to me. This bmw e30 beast can be driven like a stock bmw. with comfort but yet has all the power you would ever want once over 3000 rpm. this car was never tracked. I drive the car to work and back 2 to 3 times a week. 72 mile commute. it is very reliable at the power it is at. It looks like a normal bmw e30 until somebody hears this car. I have always treated the car with respect because i built it. All engine parts have been replaced at 99k miles. 7.9:1 ratio. is just right for this car. The engine in this car is from a 1991 535i with a older 535i block to make it lower compression for a turbo. The turbo is a gt35r all exhaust was done by a certified welder. 3 inch exhaust all the way back to a vibrant muffler. car drives very straight. This car is not like every other track e30 were you cant bear to drive it on the street. i built this car with the intention of only driving it on the street. and enjoying it.

car specs:

bc coilovers

gt35r turbo

30×12 intercooler with pipes and loud megasonic BOV

car is tuned from megasquirt pnp2 900$ ecu.

700$ tune from drift office

409 wheel horsepower 440 torque at 18psi

60lb injectors

miro sp1 16″ wheels 225 on the rear. it will only spin 1 and 2 gear. car has very tall gearing 2.93 gearing. so you can go as fast as you want. 40mph and higher it will not slip unless its raining.

fully redone sport heated interior.

again this car is very realiable at the power it is at. you can always turn the boost down.

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Normally when you see 400+hp E30s you don’t think “daily driver,” but that’s exactly what I like about this one. Professed respect for the car shows through in the interior and engine compartment, but the wheels and E36 sideskirts throw me off. Minor efforts for what could be one of the sleepiest E30s we’ve seen in a while.


3xE30, 1 of 3: 1989 BMW M3

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10-15 years ago, if any of us had a crystal ball (although at the time it may have seemed like iron balls instead), we would have started snapping up E30 M3s. We didn’t. Now those that had them laying around are riding the wave and selling them for silly prices. Once I get past lamenting an automotive opportunity that is forever gone, I get back to appreciating seeing clean, moderately-miled examples. Today’s is all those things with 124k miles, apparently a light touch (on the interior at least), and good documentation. Pay to play is the E30 way these days.

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Year: 1989
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 124,500 mi
Price: $24,000 Buy It Now

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Work done in the last 15,000 miles:
-New battery at 123k.
-New heater core pipes and hoses at 122k.
-Viper Alarm at 120k.
-Transmission fluid flush at 115k.
-Driveshaft replacement, new timing chain tensioner at 115k.
-Fuel filter, valve cover gasket, breather hose, alternator bushings, brake fluid flush, full service at 113k.
-New VSR exhaust at 110k.
-New water pump at 107k.
-New coolant sensor at 106k.
-Service history going back all the way to 1989.

-No rust anywhere (spent most of its life in Arizona).
-Paint is original and in great condition.
-All original pannels, no accident history, very straight body.
-Mechanically sound, Can be driven immediately with no work needed.
-Brakes/steering/throttle response are fantastic.
-All windows were re-tinted last year.
-Viper alarm system with keyless entry.
-All power windows, locks, and sun roof in working condition.
-Comes with Dinan, Autothority, and Conforti chip (currently the one being used).
-VSR Stainless steel freeflow center section with Stromung muffler (sounds amazing).
-Back seats in perfect condition.
-Front seats show some wear, but still in decent condition (typical wear and cracking).
-Carpets/interior in great condition.
-It just passed California emissions test Within the past two weeks.
-Car has current registration which expires Sept 2014

-Scratch on the trunk lid(see picture).
-Small crease (about4″-5″) on rear quarter
-Cracked dash (I have a new dash that I will include with sale).

These cars are rare, and it’s even rarer to find one in this condition with documentation.

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There’s an E30 almost identical to this near work sometimes. I’ve heard it referred to as being on a DTM grid even when you’re commuting, and I would’ve loved to have experienced that before they flew out of reach. At this point, less than 130k miles and few issues make this a very desirable car.