• Does AWD enhance or kill the balanced driving fun that this generation of 3-series was known for? I would live to hear from people who have driven both the RWD and AWD versions of this car.

    • I drove a RWD and AWD E46 BMWs and found the AWD to feel numb and boring compared to the RWD. I don't know if the same setup was used on these or not.

    • @Bobinott – I've loggged well over 250,000 miles in an iX and also a bunch of miles in various RWD E30s. There is definitely a difference, mostly because these cars have completely revised front suspension geometry but also because of a not-insignificant weight difference and the power-assist at the front wheels. As a result I would characterize the car's responses as lazier, but still refined and enjoyable. In the snow it makes for a confidence-inspiring experience and offers unstoppable fun when there is reduced traction available. The limited slip differentials and rearward power distribution bias make this a much more engaging drive than any ABS-based traction control AWD offering I've sampled yet.

  • I miss my '87 325IS……….always thought of getting an IX back in the day but didnt for the reasons enumerated above by tian647. As for this example, having the engine rebuilt and a repaint makes me wonder just how hard it was campaigned prior to the work. If the price was right I can see getting into it and putting it away (lol) to reemerge as a barn find in ten years and sell as B-J for gold chained big gut money

  • Thanks to sites like this alerting everyone that 1st gen RX7's and E30's are the next big ticket they've become … the next big ticket. Meanwhile I really want another 240z, but they've become absurdly priced for the very same reasons. Why don't you guys start pushing TR6 values so that I can finally sell mine for something close to what I have in it?

  • Looks great although I don't know why anyone would want the expense, weight, and complexity of the AWD for a fair weather weekend run-about.

  • Yeah, speaking from the Porsche side of the RWD vs AWD debate, my current 996 c4s doesn’t hold a candle to my (lamented) sold 996 c2. The feel is almost like a completely different car…others have written about it eloquently, I’m sure. The c4s grabs you by the shoulders, grabs the road with all fours and marches you both through a turn in stern lockstep. But the c2 takes you by the hand and dances with you, playfully but confidently. I am constantly trolling for my next c2 996 because of this stark dichotomy.

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