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

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

1985 AUDI UR Quattro Turbo Coupe For Sale in the PNW

Here’s a rare find, a 1985 Audi urQuattro with 117k miles for sale in Portland, Oregon for $20k:

quote from seller’s Portland Craigslist ad:

I am selling one of the RAREST Audi Cars Available. Not one for sale in the USA this year. Audi only shipped 73 to the US in 1985 as the car cost $49,000 to buy. This one was shipped over here in 1992 from Germany. Has the Euro Chip with over 200BHP. Nardi wood steering wheel and shift knob. Fiberglass deck lid was new for this year as well as newer wiring and updated leather interior. This is the only one in the USA like this one. ZERMATT SILVER Paint. Perfect interior and dashboard and Carpet. No rips in anything. New Sunroof Seal. New 215/50/15 v rated tires. Has original Rally Ronals. NO Dents. No wrecks.
THESE CARS WERE HAND MADE IN GERMANY!!!!
YOU cannot find these cars. If you do they wont sell them. I hate to sell this one!!!
Just had timing belt, fuel injectors, water pump, Fuel Filter done. Perfect compression. New Ansa Muffler and powder coated cam cover and timing belt cover and pulley.
An Absolute Gem. This is the nicest one I have seen and this is the rarest year for this car and the rarest Color. Not even sure they shipped Zermatt Silver as a color in 1985, only in germany.
paint is extremely nice for original paint. there are some scratches and the front and rear bumpers need a new paint job.
117,000 Miles.
Do not waste my time. ONLY SERIOUS buyers!! This is a very valuable and rare car. The last one i saw sell was a 1983 for 20,000 nearly a year ago. No rust, door jams, everything is perfect.
I have pictures of everything for really interested buyers. No low ballers.

I hope this car is listed somewhere else with a better ad because this Craigslist posting hasn’t convinced me that this car is worth $20k! The pictures look like they were shot in tow truck parking lot, and most of the very lengthy description looks completely copy-and-paste from someone else’s listing! Not to mention, am I the only one who thinks the wooden steering wheel and shift knob are out of place?

One thing the seller is right on about is the fact that these are rarely seen for sale. Hell, they practically make e30 M3‘s look abundant in comparison!

dc

Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at these Audi Coupes and parts that are currently for sale!

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1994 911 Carrera 4 Factory Widebody: Nice Hips!

The Porsche 964 has been a dream car of mine since high school. This Carrera 4 factory widebody is a rare specimen and the seller states it’s in concours condition. This car was a precursor to the 993 Carrera 4S, carrying the Turbo’s suspension, wheels, brakes, and most importantly, widebody fenders from the factory.

Check out this 1994 Porsche 911 Widebody on eBay:

quote from seller’s listing on eBay:

Pristine example of “last of the 911″ classic body shape. Highly collectible, appreciating in value Porsche features a polar silver exterior and black leather interior. 1 of 238 factory wide body, all wheel drive Porsche with turbo brakes and suspension. Very well documented stock example with Fab Speed exhaust, cold air intake box, strut tower brace and K&N Filter. Professionally installed high end Alpine stereo/CD system. Overall condition is a 9.5+. New 17” Bridgestone Potenza tires with stock “Cup” wheels. Extensive records including major services. Open to any inspection or PPI by certified Porsche mechanic. I am a PCA member and Porsche collector/enthusiast. Willing to assist buyer in shipping vehicle, if required. Option codes include XD4, 437, 438, 494, 650, 891, 935, 980. Original MSRP $84,000.

Buy-it-now shows $40k, which feels a bit on the high side (but just a bit). On the other hand, good luck finding another one for sale!

dc