The E30 generation BMW 3-series was a go-to car for gear heads looking for a decent modern-ish car that was simple and fun to drive. The M3 version went zonkers in price a few years ago and is unobtanium, but the basic 325i and the even more basic 325e is cheap. Today’s example has a manual gearbox and a bunch of miles on the odo…seems about right. Find this 1985 BMW 325e offered for $5000 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1985 bmw 325e
cylinders: 6 cylinders
title status: clean
2 door coupe w/, 2.7 inline 6 cylinder engine, rear wheel drive, 5 speed manual trans, Multi-port fuel injection, 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel disk brakes. sun roof, power windows, locks, factory a/c.
Body is in good condition. No rust or rot. One small dent in driver side fender. Rear bumper crack.
All hoses, belts, water lines etc. were replaced, along with all gaskets from injector o-rings, intake, to oil pan. No leaks.
New four wheel disk brakes- rotors, pads, wear sensors, master cylinder, lights, and on board diagnostics are new and/or are in working order.
Timing belt, tensioner, and water pump, along with fan clutch, temp sensors, and thermostat replaced.
All electrical working. New interval service indicator solid state si board, new dash, interior, accessory lights, headlights, running lights, turn signals, hazards, fog lights, locks, etc.
After market volt, oil, and temp gages, in addition to originals working and real nice.
Black leather interior decent shape. Typical driver side left bolster needs repair. Driver side carpet slight damage. Shifter handle and boots worn, needs replace. Dash clean but has cracks.
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