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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 08-06-2008, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Should I buy it?

Its a 1988 325is and its perfect. I took it for a test drive and i fell in love with it. the only problem is that its 240,000 miles. it was a southern car and owned by a BMW dealership employee until 155,000 miles. everything has been maintained when a noise was heard and fixed right away. he just took it to Montreal a few months ago and everything was fine. it was his daily car and he seems to think it will go over 300,000 miles easily. he's asking $2350 for it and I'm just wondering if you guys think its a good deal or not?
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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good deal or not for $2350.- ?

ANSWER: NOPE!
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Old 08-06-2008, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Smile Is It really in Pristine condition?

Does it truly run as well as it looks, how is the front suspension, rack and pinion, tie rod ends, does he have receipts for this work being done? My 1988 325is has about 260,000 miles and I have replaced the rack and pinion and tie rod ends since buying it, I am now having the drive shaft redone, all of this due to wear from mileage. They are wonderful fun cars, but parts still wear out, I bought mine for $1100, so It is worth putting more money into mechanically.

Look at what you are paying upfront and what it will cost you to do the required maintenance and decide if it is worth it to you! For me yes, I drive my car hard and pay the price in wear and tear. But, it is designed to eb driven aggressively or it would have been a 325e. It may have been babied, but if you are really going to drive it and these items and more have not be redone, plan on doing it before to long.

Can you post any pictures, what color is it? Manual or Automatic, what color interior?

Wish you the best, i would buy another twenty year old one again!
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I dont have any pictures yet but im def buying it so i will this weekend or this friday. hes showed me a big pile of receipts of all the work he had done. the interior is in pristine condition with just a little wear on the drivers seat. it is all black interior with black leather seats and its automatic. shifts smooth. if anything was wrong in the front end wouldnt it be sloppy on bumps and tight corners? behind the passenger seat when i was on the highway if a let off the gas then hammer it back on theres a slight knock noise that i think might be the u-joint on the driveshaft, do you know whats up? theres no lack of power because of it and its not too loud because i didnt notice it at all. thanks!
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oyea it has the in-dash computer that displays all types of different things like temp and mpg. and a 100% working electric sunroof. it drives smoother and tighter than my mom's 2001 VW Passat 1.8T. im gonna try to talk the owner down to at least $2000 or less.
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ha one more thing! its Alpine White with matching BBS BMW spoked rims and 1 week old tires
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Thumbs up Sounds nice, Front end and drive shaft?

It sounds like a very nice car, I look forward to seeing the pictures! The automatics are still peppy, I have an auto so my wife can drive ours? I hope to get a manual in the future as a "FUN" Car.

As for my cars front end, it drove great, didn't pull or drift. It had some vibration at 65mph, but not really bad. I figured the tires were out of balance, I replaced the tires, still there? Everything was fine, I thought until the first rain!!! In the rain, my car was very unstable! I took it to the garage and we discovered at speed on the dry pavement my front were spreading in the front and hoping/vibrating at 65 mph? When the pavement was wet the looseness in the rack and pinion gears was the problem causing the stability issue. I replaced the rack and pinion and tie rod ends with ones from the Rack Doctor LLC great prices and a good quality product

I am going to redo my drive shaft tomorrow morning due to the bumping under the seat under hard acceleration, It has now become a bump bump in the front when slowing down/coasting. I will let you know how that goes!

It sounds like a great car, love and care for it and remember a twenty year old car needs more up keep, but it is still not a car payment! As long as I am putting less than $400 a month or $4800 a year into maintenance I am ahead!
Driving a fast, fun classic and cheaper insurance too
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whew! getting it 2morrow and ill take pictures right away! cant wait to load em up so you guys can see it
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Pictures!!!

I just posted a new thread with all the pics of my newly purchased 1988 325is!!! check it out everyone!
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good deal or not for $2350.- ?

ANSWER: NOPE!
agree 100%
i just bought a 92 325is for 2500 and it only has 30,000 on a new motor...the interior is a bit DONE, but non-the-less, i would keep looking
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Thumbs up Those are nice Cars, But...

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i just bought a 92 325is for 2500 and it only has 30,000 on a new motor...the interior is a bit DONE, but non-the-less, i would keep looking
Those are nice Cars, But some of us prefer the older body style! The E30 is now very distinctive, compared to other car designs today. They are on the way to becoming classics. I am forty years old and remember, putting groceries in a BMW E30 as a grocery clerk in 1986 and thought, man what a car. Today, I drive one and Love it!
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amen dkerley03!!! as i tell my g/f, "you feel like James Bond behind the wheel!"
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