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Posted just yesterday here on Craigslist in Chichester, Pennsylvania is this rare 1991 BMW E30 325ix the private seller is currently asking $8,000 for.  Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool estimates for these cars, the seller has his dirty and slightly rusty 195K mile example priced $2,300 less than the #2 “Excellent” level of $10,300.  Based on the pictures, mileage, and description the private seller provides, we believe his 325ix falls under the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) category which Hagerty estimates to be $3,800.  Additionally, the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these BMWs at only $2,350, $3,350, and $4,425, respectively. Granted, while the private seller mentions several powertrain components and an extra set of wheels and snow tires will be included with the sale and we acknowledge the rarity of his E30, we struggle with these items being worth another $4K.  With a nearly double premium between what his asking price and what we believe he can realistically expect, the seller is our latest “NEW!” Award (short for “No Effin Way!”) recipient.

BMW produced the second generation E30 version of its popular three series sport sedan from 1982 through 1994 in a variety of body styles and variants.  The E30 was the first three series to offer All Wheel Drive that was a competitive response to Audi’s popular Quattro drivetrain introduced in 1980.  While BMW offered the iX version elsewhere from 1986 through 1991, the company only offered this version in the U.S. for three model years:  1988, 1990, and 1991.  Other than the decklid badge, the only way to tell a 325iX from its rear-wheel-drive sibling are the fender flares.  When BMW replaced the E30 with the E36 in 1992, it never offered an all wheel drive version;  enthusiasts would have to wait for the launch of the E46 in 1997 for that to happen. Consequently, consumers held onto their 325iX and drove them into the ground, making these limited production cars even rarer today.

Here’s how the private seller describes his E30 in Craigslist post:

“This car drives and handles great and is a beast in the snow. It has a PA antique license plate and has only been used sporadically for the past 3 year, before that it was our daily driver. It comes with spares for all the 4wd systems and an extra set of ix wheels. I know it has a lot of miles but with the diff and cylinder head rebuilt it has a lot of life left.

Recent work done to this car:

replaced front and rear brake pads and discs @ 190000
replaced front differential with a rebuilt one @ 188000
rebuilt cylinder head (new valve guides, polished seats and valves), timing belt, head gasket etc. @ 188000
rear subframe bushings replaced @ 172000
replaced battery 2 years ago

not so good:

paint could use some love
interior needs cleaning
passenger door hinge is loose
rust spots on both front fenders
rust spot underneath the battery tray
radio antenna is stuck
AC not working, needs to be converted to R134

spares include:
front axles
driveshafts
transfer case and manual transmission
original defective front diff
4 extra ix basket wheels with snow tires”

Unless you decide to restore this rare three series, you’re choosing a very expensive car to use as a winter beater that will likely cost some more in repairs between now and spring time.  Whichever path you choose, good luck with the purchase!

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