Ultimate Cheapskate Machine: 1983 BMW 320i

The E21 3-series is the middle child stuck between two BMW icons: 2002 and E30.  The 320i was not a fast car when new and could be considered painfully slow by 2018 standards.  The good news is that there are still sane asking prices out there for these unlike the newer E30. In addition, the 320i’s have unmistakable vintage BMW styling that is arguably more handsome than a E30. A BWM 320i certainly will not be confused with being anything other than a BMW.  Find this 1983 BMW 320i for sale in Bel Air, MD for $2,300 via craigslist.

Details by the seller:



1983 E21 BMW 320i 5 speed for sale

Car is all original and in decent shape, runs great but needs work.

Shifter is sloppy but still finds every gear fine. Clutch feels good. 

Odometer shows 244xxx 

All new suspension components and fresh service brakes. Parking brake inoperative.

Bomb-proof M10 1.8L … isn’t exactly desirable but was arguably bmw’s most reliable and fuel efficient engine

Car has fair shape spartan interior with manual windows, black leather and crank sunroof.

Front seats are a little beat, last time I drove it the battery light came on and off after 20 minutes. Doesn’t overheat

Small spot of rust on top of driver side fender

Brand new oil and filter, just did valve lash adjustment- comes with new valve cover gasket in box

There’s a lot to talk about with this car so come take a look at it and make me an offer. Clean MD title. 

Great candidate for a swap 

The seller lists the car as a 320i, but all signs point to this being a 320is as sport steering wheel, sport seats, and fog lights are visible from the pictures.  These cars have a peculiar and irritating interior quirk that is shared with a similar year Chevy Citation- the radio is mounted facing the ceiling rather than at the driver.  The BMW M10 is not a powerhouse, but does respond very well to boost if you wanted to try and add some power without swapping engines.

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