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#1 (permalink) Old 04-07-2005, 07:57 AM
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Hi, I'm looking at getting an 89 325i/is, and I was just wondering how you could tell the difference, because it's already been de-badged, and it's got different suspension on it. I can say the car has leather, power everything (except sunroof is a crank). any other questions from you guys that I can answer to help figure out whether it's a 325i or is. Thanks in advance, clearly I'm new at the whole bmw scene, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, I'm looking at getting an 89 325i/is, and I was just wondering how you could tell the difference, because it's already been de-badged, and it's got different suspension on it. I can say the car has leather, power everything (except sunroof is a crank). any other questions from you guys that I can answer to help figure out whether it's a 325i or is. Thanks in advance, clearly I'm new at the whole bmw scene, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The difference between a i and is is 2 doors vs 4. The sports package has seats that have an extendable leg support and a 3 spoke steering wheel. The is also had a subtle boot spoiler.

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so since I have a two door, that means that I have an is?
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thanks for the quick replies from both of y'all, I like this place, and am starting to love my bmw
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just because you have a 2-door does not mean it is an "is", dont believe that. There is a 2-door 325i. If it has a crank sunroof then it is prolly not an "is" i dont think it ever came with a crank. Are you sure it is an '89? does it have sport seats? does it have a rear lip spoiler? what does the front lip look like? post a pic and we can tell you.

but dont listen to these guys saying its 2-door vs. 4-door they have no clue
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Just because it's a two door doesn't mean it's an iS. The 325i also came in two door.

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and please research before reposting a thread that comes up 30 times a week. There is a pinned thread that will tell you everything you need to know
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just because you have a 2-door does not mean it is an "is", dont believe that. There is a 2-door 325i. If it has a crank sunroof then it is prolly not an "is" i dont think it ever came with a crank. Are you sure it is an '89? does it have sport seats? does it have a rear lip spoiler? what does the front lip look like? post a pic and we can tell you.

but dont listen to these guys saying its 2-door vs. 4-door they have no clue
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so my first Bimmer, a 325is, wasn't an "is" b/c it had a crank sunroof? Funny, it said so on the title. there are many possibilities here man...
...maybe i buy all the weird ones

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I did look at the pinned post about how you tell the difference, but it didn't help me any, because I have leather, the title says 325i/is, it has power everything except sunroof, that's why I asked, sorry... I can get pictures soon, need a new camera...
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no worries man, some people get a little pissy. :P

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i wasnt tryin to be pissy

i dont know for sure if the 325is ever came with a crank sunroof or not, it might have i just didnt think it would've

we need pics before we can tell for sure
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The valve cover is different not the color but what attaches to it
m20b27 eta valve cover

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Also the intake manifold is different, the tach is different 5500 vs 7000? Also eta wasn't produced is 1989.
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Nobody was talking about the 325e...

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