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the E30 generation in the US saw 2 totally different 318's, from 84-85 it was the M10 1.8L with alluminum bumpers, 3speed auto or 5speed manual. then it came back in 91 with a M42 (europe got M40's before 91) the M42 318 coupes and sedans were all 91 models but production started mid-1990. the cabrios went on for a 92 model.
the 325/325e (2.7L) or ETA started in 84 and ended in 88, the last model in 88 was called the superETA, but still not totally different from the previous eta's. 86-87 saw 325es' which was a sporty eta with a large front airdam and rear spoiler.
1987 was the first year for the 325is/325i/325iC with the 2.5L M20. the 87 325is was loaded and everything was included from the factory, its also the lightest 325is of the e30 generation. the 88's looked a little different with a new front valance, lower cut rear fender arches, new (bigger) tail lights, and euro ellipsoid headlights. 1989 saw a much different e30 look with new plastic bumpers (nice and short compared to the Al bumpers), and a sporty lip on iS models. 1990 was practically the same as 89, except for the deletion of pop-out rear windows, and the addition of a front airbag. 1991 (or maybe it was 1990) was the year the cabrios finally changed to plastic bumpers, and the 325is was discontinued.
after 88 the 325is still required a sport package to get the basketweave wheels, lip, and sport seats. and in 1990 a non-sport 2door was just called a 325i.