4WD Week: 1995 BMW Alpina B10 3.0 Allrad

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The Audis, VWs, and even Porsches featured this week were no real surprises as those companies have been associated with AWD for quite some time. BMW’s ix models have been around for a while, but the company will (hopefully) always be associated with rear-wheel drive sports cars. This means that the obscure Golf Rallyes or Countrys pale in comparison to the rarity of this Alpina, one of just 64 produced. Based on the 525ix, Alpina did their magic to bump the horsepower up 20% to a more-sufficient 231hp. Mixed with all-season grip, this is a unique Bimmer indeed.

Year: 1995
Model: Alpina B10 3.0 Allrad
Engine: 2.5l inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000
Price: $20,515

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Click for more details: 1995 BMW Alpina B10 3.0 Allrad on Mobile.de

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ALPINA B10 3.0 Allrad (all wheel drive) Number 13 of 64

A rare, almost impossible to find Alpina 4×4, collectible, only 64 produced worldwide. Original 99,959 km! 100% accident free and in perfect condition. Alpina delivered and registered Number 13, complete maintenance history, seamless service book, garaged vehicle.

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Recent improvements:
3-phase paint and polish. (Color 309 Artic Silver Metalic)
Underside chassis and body Dinitrol (rust proofing) treatment
Automatic transmission fluid flush
Four new tires, two new shock absorbers, whole new exhaust system
New battery, new E34 Business radio/CD
Extra: Two original, very rare, Alpina Recaro E34 sport seats.
Prepared for export

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No crazy stripes or interior here (although it comes with Alpina Recaros, which should be installed ASAP), but the lovely bodykit and wheels are there. These days, our solitary Alpina B7 offering can be had with AWD, but this is a cool rarity as we reach the end of 4WD Week. It’s in the Netherlands and a ways away from importation, but if you’re an Alpina nut who likes the snow, this could open some interesting doors. They made some Tourings as well…

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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.

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