Monday, November 30, 2015

Seller Submission: 1990 BMW 325i E30

This next feature is a seller submission from Mike who writes:  Yes, this is my car.  I have decided to thin the herd and focus on a smaller number of vehicles.  It's time to send this one to another garage will someone will put more miles on it. Find this 1990 BMW 325i offered for $4,000 in Richmond, VA via craigslist.

The E30 generation 3-series is a fantastic car for beginner or seasoned driver alike.  The chassis isn't burdened with unneeded weight, the inline-6 is powerful, and steering is precise.  Sure, they have some of the typical German car foibles of the 80s/90s; cooling system needs regular overhaul, electrics will have quirks, and the plastic parts are getting near end of life. Count on some baselining by replacing cooling system parts in any E30 - E46 3er after purchase.

The engine under the hood is a M20B25 "small six" that puts out 168 horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.  No word on which rear end this E30 is equipped with, but many came with limited slip diff in the back. This one has a set of H&R springs, Koni shocks and Porterfield brake pads -- sounds like fun!

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  1. Late small-bumper car, presumably ABS. Leather sport seats not original but a good swap.

  2. Mike, Very cool e30. Like your tasteful mods.
    Can't think of another way I would like to spend 4k (besides hookers and blow)
    Good luck on the sale!

  3. Looks like a ton of fun for the price. Late E30s and Datsun 510s are about the only cars I actually prefer in 4-door configuration. It's odd, and inexplicable, but I like them better than the 2-doors.

  4. The only 4 door's I like are classic Benz's and Lincoln Continentals...oh, and maybe a 1965 Dodge Dart

  5. Nice car, and a model that I have been told is a good one to buy. What happened to that back seat? Was it just a rug-rat kicking at it from the baby seat?

  6. What is the name of that color? It's a lovely shade...

  7. Nice example. The wagon versions coming stateside now are always a BMW top pick. It seems like last week this model littered Craigslist ads; "Will trade for leaf raking" "Just take the friggin' thing" offers were not that uncommon.

    I see this guy has gone the way of creative e-brake repair options. When out and about, just find a curb. Still a $2500 car in my addled brain.

  8. E30's cooling and electrical systems are fine. Troubles only started with 1992 E36s.


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