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Looking to trade my Saab for an 86 325...

Hello Fellas
I'm new to the forum and not yet owned a BMW. Today I was offered a direct trade for my 96 Saab 900 SE turbo for a 86 325 with a 2.7 I-6 w/ manual tranny. The Saab is obviously a 96 with 207K miles w/ some minor modifications to get my 0-60 time in the 5 second range. It runs good and gets me from point a to point b with no major problems. I have just been getting bored with it recently though and placed an add on Craigslist for even trade... Here's the link.
Well I received a response from a young kid (18) saying he would trade his Red 86 BMW 325 4 door sedan for my Saab. Well I looked at it today in person and this is what I found out.

These are the issues I have with the car...
The Car has 244K miles, It has an idling problem it will rev up then drop down, The Tachometer, Temperature and fuel economy gauges don't work, may need ball joints, shimmy at 50 then goes away (tire imbalance I'm guessing), there's a fart cannon where a muffler should be, dash has a huge crack on the passenger side. Shifter is lose (feels like new bushings are needed) and some of the windows don't roll down.

The things I like...No love about it.
Rear wheel drive, Low end power, Snappy as all hell, The I-6, it's N/A no spooling Yay!, Gets 32mpg, Overall Size, Comfort, Awesome cruiser, It's a little tank!... the list goes on.

My Q Is would it be a good idea to trade with the guy? I've never owned a BMW and until today never drove a BMW. I'm unsure of their build quality and longevity. The kid told me that the car has allot more life in it but it is 22 years old with 244k on the clock... kinda weary if he's right or not however my Saab is getting right up there as well. The thing is an awesome little car and would be a fun DD. I just need to know if it would be a good idea to trade. I'm obviously not looking into speed just overall reliability and fun!

Thanks Guys maybe I'll be a member of your family soonr...
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I think gotkraut (a member here on werkz) has over 300k miles on his e30....they do run forever if you take care of them.

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I have to say I was amazed by The body not a spec of rust on it! So I knew off the bat that BMW used a very high quality alloy in their body materials. I don't think I have ever seen a DD that age in that good of shape.
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No rust may mean no crashes, rust is often on cars that have had crash repair done. Most body shops can't match the original corrosion protection the factory puts on.

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I wouldn't trade the SAAB for the BMW myself....nope
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I just took a test drive in a 86' 325es with that 2.7 engine.....it only has 121 hp....this car only had 83,000 & the exterior & interior was near perfect.....but I was not happy with the performance of the engine.....so I passed on buying it......

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1986-1991 325es - 2.7 L M20B27 I6, 121 hp (90 kW) - North America

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