E36 M3 Swap: 1989 BMW 325i E30

If you are confused when BMdubheads get into their nomenclature, you are not alone.  And you don’t need to know the difference between an E36 and an E37 to understand the appeal of a rear-drive manual-transmission sport sedan from Germany. Find this 1989 BMW 325i E30 offered for $12,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.

The E30 was introduced in 1982, but this one comes from the post ’87 facelift, and has smaller integrated bumpers, removed chrome trim around window, and re-designed rear lights (among other things).  It is a good looking example with good stance and good looking wheels.

Under the hood is a 3.2 liter S52 inline-6 that came from a 1996-1999 BMW M3, but it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox from an E46 M3.  Power in the S52 was 240 horsepower from the factory, but more is available with a few modifications, such as the S50 intake manifold and OBD1 cpu used by the seller.

Inside you will find a 6-speed manual gearbox shifter and a very nicely recently reupholstered black interior.  It looks nice.

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