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  • Samuel Salzinger

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    Picked up this 325ix about 5 years ago. I had always enjoyed the styling of the E30s growing up, but never got one with the winter weather figuring they were all RWD. When I rode in an IX with an acquaintance in a snow storm, I was sold on the car. There's no greater feeling than cruising in the little tank in a foot of unplowed snow, especially passing trucks that have gotten stuck).

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  • Joshua Brown

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    I bought my 1988 325i cabrio last spring and cannot believe how much fun I have in it. Cruising up and down Woodward on the weekends with friends (it's kinda a big thing in the Detroit area). Even my friends who have 400+hp cars cannot believe how fun it is to drive. I literally will hunt down long twisty winding roads out in the boonies and just drive with the biggest smile on my face!!

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    from Royal Oak, MI, USA
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  • Neal Hershenson

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    This was a great 1987 325iCa until 12/22/2012. I'm heartbroken - not even I can fix it, she's so twisted. Totaled out.

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  • Holm Oelker

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    What a milestone, the iconic E30 represents perfect symbiosis between pure driving fun and reliability, built into terrific simple form... Had seven of those (2doors only, including one stripped Schnitzer-headed 204HP-version) within previous fourteen years, loved them all. The last one, an early 325e (1983) will stay forever with me after been storaged last three years. Nothing else (with clothes on) provided so much fun to me ... on a daily base and affordable. Decided to have fun again on the weekends, restauration started and 3,5l inline six is waiting... Will definitevely increase number of E30 in my live. Also if I ever get a chance to get one good Pantera...

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  • Mick Ord

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    M3 E30 at its absolute best !!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58ShlIgm2Bw

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  • sudarta

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    Great handling..amazing car!!

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  • Guest (Richard)

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    I just want to ask if what type of red is that? I mean what is the color code of it..coz I'm sure its not the original paint from Bmw, right?

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  • Guest (Ciaran)

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    I was a truck guy in high school with a 90' (always liked 80's/90's vehicles more than any) F250 turbo diesel 5 speed. Had to get something economical after graduating and couldn't rationalize getting anything else. I bought a 93' Convertible 325i 5 speed with posi in black with a metallic gold stripe in San Francisco for $2,850 with 121,000 original. Supposed to be the vehicle that got me around with a little fun while I restored the truck...as since the tables have turned a,nd I'm now almost finished restoring my E30 the way I want it, but mostly all stock for the sake of it having mostly all original parts (even 14"bbs'ers) because they're becoming hard to find. Even here in the bay.....

    HANDS DOWN THE BEST VEHICLE YOU COULD BUY FOR THE MONEY. The bang for your buck is out of this world, the build quality is unrivaled, the fully mechanical ride is astonishing and never ceases to make me tip into the triple digits...even in turns. One of the most predictable vehicles I've ever driven, given enough time to get used to the handling characteristics and in what fashion to drive it. You have to be able to control this one because if you push it past its point there's no fancy electronics to save you. This is truly a drivers car and given you can find one that hasn't been totally molested you'll have a vehicle that will have you wondering why you'd ever purchase something newer. I am a valet at a high end wine country resort with a past in auto mechanics, and drive some of the most extravagant vehicles money can buy, but every day I leave there in my E30 without a thought in my mind of the things I wish it had inside, just pure joy in the sport of driving.

    from Napa Valley, CA, USA
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  • Guest (Leo)

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    I picked up my first E30 (and first BMW) two years ago, after looking for a fun, practical and good looking retro classic, that car (1987 prefacelift 'Chromie' 325i) turned out to be a mistake, and I sold it on (without losing any money) after I began looking to improve it and restore it to OEM condition, unfortunately it had rust issues that would never have been possible to make perfect. It was and still is squarely the best car I have ever driven, I miss it every day, but being somewhat of a perfectionist, it had to go.

    Since then I've spent around a year looking for the perfect example to replace it, and I write this now full of excitement that I will collect my minty clean, low mileage, and factory standard 1988 325i next week, deposit laid down, counting down the days until I collect.

    I write this as someone who only ever had a passive interest in cars, but I can honestly say that since the first time I drove that first E30, it actually changed the way I think about cars, having previously owned VW Golf's, Renault's, Volvo's, this car made me realise what driving joy is all about. The driving experience is sumptuous, the balance, power, feel, and alertness the car has is a mixture that simply connected me with driving like I'd never experienced, all this from a car that will get you to and from work or day to day business cheaply, safely, and in refined style. Add to that the new enjoyment gained from appreciating the build and mechanical quality, (I now fully understand where the German reputation for quality comes from.)

    This car has made my friends call me a 'car guy.'

    from London, UK
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  • Guest (Spencer)

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    My love story with my E3O started back in August of this year, I was planning on attending a local college a mere 35 miles away from home. I needed a car, and I have a bit of an obsession with cars. My requirements, fast, fun, reliable, must be stick, cheap to modify, and good looking. Oh and one more thing I only had about $5,000 to play with, I searched through fourms and YouTube to find the right car, the perfect car. I first drove an E28 BMW 528E and it was nice but it was lacking in the fast and fun department, I then looked for other older BMW's I found a few BMW 635CSI's which I loved and nearly bought, but they too didn't make me feel as special when I drove that 1989 BMW 325IS. I met this guy on craigslist drove 50 miles and saw the car, it was in good condition with only minor rust issues on the rocker panels, but underneath the car was solid. I got the car off of someone who was a BMW mechanic for many years and was teaching at a local tech school, he even already put on a brand new custom Scriopion Exhuast system. This car sounds like nothing else, wherever I go people turn their heads in expectation of me traveling at some extreme speed while I am only doing a mere 20MPH. The car was maintained consistently and worked on by the previous owner, who only drove it to work every once in a while and cleaned it often. The interior was impecable, and the engine was better than perfect. I drove the car for the first time and I couldn't stop smiling, this car brings joy to everyone who rides in it. I've put only 3,000 miles on it, mostly on back roads searching for that perfect driving road, and it has over 241,000 currently. It drives better than most other new cars, in my own opinion, and loves to smoke Ricers and Honda Civics whenever need be. Suspension is currently being completely redone, new everything, it is losing the stock ride height and will be lowered slightly but not slammed. I am planning on using it as a daily driver throughout the rest of this year and will probably buy a few more just so that I can keep my original love in good condition. Next up is a new stereo system, and repairing the rust on the rocker panels as well as fixing up the hood which is aged.

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