E30 in White: 1989 BMW 325i Convertible

This next E30 convertible comes from Spencercat who writes: Nice E30 Vert. This is a nice looking example, very forthcoming seller, nice price. Short, sweet, inline-6: That about sums it up. Find this 1989 BMW 325i Convertible offered for $8900 in Oakboro, NC via craigslist.

From the seller:

1989 bmw 325i
VIN: WBABB1301KEC00508
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 105000
odometer broken
paint color: white
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible
1989 BMW 325i Convertible (E30)
5-Speed Manual
Limited Slip Diff
Heated Seats
Cruise Control
Cold AC
Manual Convertible Top (Replaced in 2018)

More pics here: https://www.hemmings.com/listing/1989-bmw-325i-926330

Cold Start, driving and quick walk around video: https://youtu.be/Ewwd6aE06ug

I recently purchased a carfax report and found an accident reported in 2001 (no details) and a noted ODO discrepancy in 2003 that showed the mileage at 200k. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t do this before I purchased it, but my loss is your gain! In light of this information, I’ve adjusted the price accordingly! I don’t regret the purchase as it’s a great running, solid car, but I understand what these things mean for the retail asking price. (https://www.carfax.com/api/consumers/667995305/report/email/dd7c967dd2f724d50536a0a3deea7f4c92b5c6ca37684de4263c1d4e80ae1178baf34dc998721e05?s_id=c-1%7Cp-5%7Cmt-10%7C&partner=VHU_G&et_id=6035999)

ODO Shows 105k; Actual mileage unknown. (added approx 10k since ODO stopped working). Per the included service records, the ODO was working in 2/2020 (103k). It now shows 105k and the previous owner claims to have put 10k on it from 2020-2022, which is when I purchased it. I’ve added < 1k since I’ve owned it. However, carfax shows the vehicle with 209k in 2001, then 77k in 2003 – No explanation that I’m aware of.

Garage kept, well maintained 1989 325i convertible. Runs and drives great, shifts smooth and pulls hard to the red line!

Motivated to sell as we are moving soon and will not have parking for this beauty. Title in hand. Maintenance records available. Paint is in excellent condition with normal flaws – small scratches, dings and small dents. Seats show wear (specifically drivers side), but nothing abnormal for a car this age.

Due for a timing belt change, but other than that, she starts every time and runs strong. Like a lot of these e30’s, she has a long crank sometimes the first time you start it. I believe this is related to a valve in the fuel line that is supposed to keep the fuel from draining back to the tank when the car is off. Passenger side window switch is hit or miss. Driver side fog light is out. Previous owner removed the antenna, but the motor still works. Previous owner said he wasn’t sure how well the new top sealed and I’ve never driven it in the rain, so something to keep in mind.

Service since ownership (2022)
New Battery
New Fuel Filter/Hose

Recent Services (2015-2022 – Previous Owner)
Valve Cover Gasket (2020)
5 – New/used 14” Bottlecaps (including spare) (2020)
Replaced both front control arm bushings (2019)
Replaced Rack & Pinon Steering (2019)
Replaced Power Steering hoses (2019)
Replaced tie rod ends (2019)
New Convertible Top (2018)
Replaced AC Compressor (2018)
Replaced A/C Condenser (2018)
Ignition Coil (2016)
Repaired multiple fluid leaks (2018)
Replaced Convertible top release handle (2018)
Ignition Wire Set (2016)
Replaced Clutch Slave Cylinder (at 99462k) (2017)
Air Filter (2020)
Fuel Filter (2023; 2020)
Fuel Pump (2016)
Fuel Tank Sending Unit (2016)
Fuel Gage Repaired (2017)
Bluetooth Radio (2017)
Replaced shift knob, roundels, trunk shock, convertible cover shocks (2015-2017)
Timing Belt (2015/11k miles) DUE
Timing Belt Tensioner (2015)
Water Pump (2015)
Blower Motor Resistor (2015)
Repaired/Replaced lights on dash and computer (2015-2017)
Replaced trunk liner, jack, jack assembly (2015-2017)
Repaired/replaced Tool Kit (2015-2017)
Installed Strut brace (2015-2017)
Installed Dinan Performance Chip (2017; OEM chip included)
Replaced heat/air blower resistor (2015-2017)
Repaired door stop mechanism (driver side)

Prior services – before 2015
Valve cover gasket
Front/Rear Rotors
E-Brake Cable
Shift Link Bushing Set
Fan Clutch
Coolent Res. system
New Starter
Spark Plugs

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