BaT Fallout: Gray Market 1991 BMW E30 325iX Touring 5-Speed – $15,000

Dec 2019 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

While BMW offered an all-wheel-drive versions of their wonderful E30 3-Series in the two-door and four-door sedan configurations here in the U.S., the desirable Touring wagon versions such as this example here on Craigslist in Alexandria, Virginia had to wait twenty-five years to be eligible for import.  The current caretaker and importer of this example has his E30 priced at $15,000, which using a four door sedan as a proxy on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms he has it priced  $1,900 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $16,900.  If you are serious about purchasing this rare BMW, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.

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.

The Military-employed owner of this Swiss-Market E30 imported the car in 2018 and appears to thoroughly gone through this car.  Interestingly, he offered the car here on Bring A Trailer this past August where the car hammered at$14,250 however, the winning bidder never came through with the money.  Consequently, the seller was out $99 while we assume BaT pocketed the $712.50 for themselves.  In any event, this RADwood eligible E30 station wagon makes a compelling alternative to an SUV.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1991 325ix Touring

Rare European market only bmw e30 wagon in desirable manual, straight 6, all wheel drive (awd)

242,000 KM – approx 150,000 miles, as it’s a European vehicle it is all in KM. (no i don’t know what it would cost to switch it over and I haven’t considered it)

Car is a Swiss Market vehicle – identified by VIN and Swiss market options

Imported in 2018 with the help of Ovide. I undertook a whole list of improvements to correct some issues, it started with a torn passenger side axle boot and went from there. Full disclosure the car was listed for sale on BAT and while the auction ended the buyer flaked and was never able to come up with all of the funds to complete the sale. I’d then decided to keep it when a trade option for an e34 M5 came up, and then that guy disappeared. I’d debated keeping it but right now don’t have space and I’m interested in getting into something else.

A/C – non operable
Central Locking
Sport Seats – Heated
Central Locking
Adjustable Headlight control
Cruise Control – intermittent
M-tech Wheel
Roof antenna
Heated drivers lock and mirror
Power front windows
Rear headrests
Cassette Holders
External temp
6 button computer
Lettering delete

Car is titled and registered in Kansas currently (I’m military and it was registered there first, reg expires next month).

Car has had all of the IX/touring issues addressed and every piece of maintenance has been documented since my ownership.

Suspension was fully disassembled and powder coated
-Struts, Springs, Swaybars, rear subframes
Koni adjustables
All new bushings to include subframe
New fuel tank, powder coated
New fuel pump
New Control arms, complete
Axles were rebuilt by Axles unlimited in NC
Full brake system rebuild
-new rotors, calipers, pads, stainless lines, ebrake cables and components
New exhaust from cat back – OEM
New speed sensor
New abs sensors
New plugs, wires, rotor, and cap
New Water pump
New tensioner
New Gates belt
New thermostat
New radiator hoses
New headliner

Pictures are here.…KxYLF0lyaDU4Mu

I’ll entertain any pre purchase inspections, or test drives within about an hour or so radius of Alexandria, VA / D.C. area, can take any pictures or videos. The old BAT ad also has a video of the jack test showing the transfer case is operable.

Not really looking for a trade as I’m looking to get back into an m3 or 911

Would consider partial trades of pre ’74 2002 (wouldn’t have to be perfect as long as it’s not a rust bucket as a) or a pre ’74 Bavaria (must be a manual). A pre 95 Range Rover classic.

Would also be interested in BMW E34 m5, FJ60 Toyota Land Cruiser. Porsche 944 turbo, or 968.

Price is $15000 obo I think you’d be hard pressed to find an ix touring in that is as clean or sorted as this that is already titled and registered in the states.


feel free to reach out.”

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  1. Rob Sower

    I would love to connect with the seller about this vehicle. I’ve tried over on R3V as well as here on this site – for some reason the “email seller” doesn’t seem to work.

  2. Saunders

    I purchased this and shipped it to Colorado in January. While not everything was shown in the ad I absolutely love it.


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