The E30 generation BMW 3-series is zippy, reliable, simple to maintain, and cheap to buy -- which is why it has become the winter beater of choice for many folks, particularly the all-wheel-drive 325ix model sold in North America from 1988-1991. Find this 1989 BMW 325ix E30 offered for $3200 in Canandaigua, NY via craigslist. Seller submission from Zain.
The ix suffix added all-wheel-drive to the E30's simple rear drive chassis, via a transfer case with silicone filled viscous coupling that always came with a standard rear limited slip diff and open front. The ix was cosmetically identified with small fender flares extending from the standard E30 sheet metal, but little else was changed.
The 325IX is powered by a M20B25 "small six" that puts out 168 horsepower via a 4-speed automatic transmission. This isn't a showroom original E30, so you won't feel bad about hooning around in the snow during the winter or letting a family of badgers live in it during the summer -- it's a driver.
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