For $4,800 this final year model of the much revered AWD E30 seems like it should be an easy buy. It's claimed to be rust free and the seller seems to provide thorough documentation to that end. We're surprised that is hasn't been snatched up yet -- especially by friend of Moto Roster Drew who sent it to us.
This 1991 325ix currently resides in Mentor, Ohio and comes with 20 years of maintenance records summing over $20,000. Of particular note is a $5,000 transmission rebuild from 2003. The seller provides documentation in the form of a spreadsheet but we hope that the actual records are included. A good deal of the service was performed by C&G performance, a well regarded local shop so it seems like this car spent some time in our backyard.
This car has been for sale since July and it started out at $7,000. The ensuing discussion on the message boards started out as assuming that this car must be rusty and needy based on its history, current location, and the fact that it has a block heater -- in other words it was used as intended.
Over the past few months the price has dropped to $4,800, and thanks to responsive seller the consensus sees to be that this is a pretty solid car. All the more reason that we're surprised that it's still for sale.
The seller notes that since it was listed a few issues have cropped up including a faulty gas gauge, some broken exhaust flanges, and a heater blower motor that is on its way out. Additionally some of the price drop is due to the seller selling an extra set of wheels that were initially included in the sale.
We're not concerned about the gas gauge or the exhaust flanges but the heater blower motor is major PITA level work and it's sort of tough to buy a winter car without working heat.
One commenter on this post has an interesting theory as to why this one isn't moving. Essentially he's saying that "kids" looking at this price range are turned off by the extra maintenance costs associated with the AWD E30's. At the same time, people with money to spend are looking for perfection and this well maintained but well used example is caught in the middle.
As we've said many times here, if we had the space (and a little extra cash) we'd pick this one up and add it to the roster in a heartbeat. Maybe we need to get more serious about our warehouse search.
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