Saturday, August 9, 2014

5k: Seller Submission: 1987 BMW 325is E30 2-Door

The E30 generation BMW 3-series solidified the Bavarian automaker's reputation for building clean looking, relatively quick, manual transmission equipped sport sedans.  The market for the M3 version is currently riding a crazy wave of appreciation, but the standard 325 is a much cheaper way to get your E30 groove going.  Find this 1987 BMW 325is E30 2-Door offered for $4,500 in Omaha, NE via craigslist.  Seller submission from JD.

Prices vary by region for modern classics like the E30, and I think a car priced like this would sell quickly in the SoCal market, but perhaps in the state Where the West Begins, the market is different.  If the rust mentioned by the seller isn't too bad, perhaps it could be a good candidate to take the multi-state trip necessary to get to a salt-free environment.

Under the hood is the M20B25 "small six" that puts out 168 horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.  The seller has put some cash into fixing a number of items as listed in his ad and while this isn't a show car, it seems ready to be daily driven.

The seats look a bit worn, but the dash and door cards look presentable.  Perhaps this would be a good candidate for a set of OE Recaro sport seats from a donor BMW.

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  1. Hmmm.... I bought a '87 325is new. Within 19,000 miles the rear end went kaboom. BMW replaced it no charge. I traded it in on a new '95 318 ic. Still diving it at 255,000 miles!.

    That said I like these little pocket rockets. But the bald tires and rust are worrisome. As time has passed I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it is better to buy someone elses money already spent.

    And buy a SoCal Beemer.

  2. I just bought one of these Monday. It was in VT, 3 1/2 hour drive from my house, close enough that I could show up with cash and a trailer, verify it was bone-stock and rust-free (incredibly, it is), that the paint was shiny (incredibly, it is), that the interior is good and dash has no cracks (incredibly, etc), negotiate in person, and haul it off. 144k miles, four grand. They ARE out there, but not for long, And as far as condition, as with any car, you really need to look at it or send someone you trust. As Groucho Marx said "who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?"


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