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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-25-2003, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the differences between the 1988 325's and the 1989 325's? Were the options any different? What they came with stock?

I have been told the headlights, with the 89 having much nicer ones stock. Is this true?

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One major exterior change is that there are plastic bumpers on 89-91 and not on 84-88 (except for late in 1988). I am unaware of there being better headlights, but that depends on your personal definition of 'better'.

If you are comparing two different 325's, one with plastic bumers, one without, I personally would recommend getting the one with the plastic bumpers (if the cars are very similar in options and condition). I am going to change the bumpers on my car to plastic bumpers once I can afford them, because they look much better then the metal ones (in MY opinion).
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also most E30's produced as 88's had ellipsoid headlights which have a special projector in the middle of the lamp for better light concentration, and most 89's just have regular sealed beam headlights like all other e30's. ellipsoids are deffinately better to have if you ever need to replace a bulb or wanna upgrade to better bulbs or even HID, but i dont know how much better the visibility is on the ellipsoids.
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Most 89's had ellipsoids. Just a note, the US ellipsoids suck. (although theyre better than sealed beams)
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ICV turned to ICS = more responsive

they changed the fuel pump.

Frame dimensions changed.

Intake boot changed

ECUs of coarse

ehhh cant think of much else right now.
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