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Best Bang for your Buck, if you're committed. by EnergyMonkey from Denver on 04/04/2010. Trim: 1990 BMW 325i, Owned 2 years.
Pros: A 325i/is with a cared for engine will still get from 0-60 in around 8 seconds. It makes a good noise too. The car corners like its on rails and is alot of fun to toss around. The interior and exterior quality is very good, I have 163k miles and the paint is starting to fade but still alright, the interior has held up very well but there are a few cracks on the dash (common issue) and a few rattles. For a 20 year old car nothing unexpected has happened. You can do several repairs yourself and find help thanks to the good sized fan base these cars have. The M20 engine in the 325i/is is very reliable and pretty much bulletproof. And despite its unusual proportions, it's a pretty/timeless car.
Cons: No cup holders, the dashboard tends to crack, repair costs, idling issues, leaks. One of the most apparent annoyances when you step inside is the lack of cup holders. The dashboards do tend to crack on these cars but its fairly easy to replace yourself. Cause of its age it has had its fair share of repairs (exhaust (rusted out in places), catalytic converter, diff gasket and seals, steering rack, and brake pads and rear rotors). The most recent repair was the differential axle seals which ended up being an $800 with labor (these are harder to replace than they look). Repairs are expensive unless you're willing to do them yourself, parts can be pricey if they are OEM replacements.
Overall review: I only paid $2000 for my "Ultimate Driving Machine" and honestly its the best bang for your buck. In terms of driving enjoyment, performance, design, and reliability its a bargain. It's no modern day 3-series or M3 but it still performs pretty well for its age. You have to be COMMITTED to take care of one of these cars, if you keep up with its usual maintenance (oil changes, spark plugs, timing belt and water pump (do this every 4 years or 60k miles) etc.) it'll last well beyond 200k miles. More major repairs will come up but this is the same for any car 20+ years old. Yes the repairs can be expensive unless you do it yourself which is why I gave a 7 for recommending it to others...But the short comings are well worth it when you find yourself on a twisty mountain road to play on. This is a driver's car, an enthusiast's car...if you just want a car that'll get from A to B, then you should probably look for something else.
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You won't find a better car for $30,000 and these can be bought for $3000 by Michael T - DFW on 07/16/2009. Trim: 1990 BMW 325ic, Owned 1 year.
Pros: You can't buy an equivalent NEW car in terms of handling and style for less than $35.000 and these can be found for $3000 to $8000 in like new condition. The newer BMW models have more electronic gizmos but too many corners have been cut in material and quality to match the e30 in quality and durability. The 325 was made from 1984 thru 1993 and salvage yards are great for trim, seats, and major components. Replacement parts are abundent and cheap both online and at Autozone & O'reilly's.
Cons: No drink holder, Instrument cluster (Odometer) typically failed after 100k miles and mileage verification is impossible except in one owner cars. (no, you can't trust carfax). The switches were not well sealed & require occasional cleaning and the window regulator wheels invariably pop out and need replacement but hey, it is a 19 yr old car.
Overall review: I haven't owned every car in the world and can't claim it's the finest ever made, but it's a fantastic car. I've driven from Dallas to Memphis and back at 80mph average and never had so much as a minor problem. It's 2.5 litre engine is extremely powerful for it's weight and it handles like no other car that I've ever driven.
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A excellent beamer by fozzir on 03/13/2008. Trim: 1990 BMW 325i, Owned 9 years.
Pros: Turns on rails. Good power and mpg. Really hugs the roads. Classic design.
Cons: Interior really starts going downhill after a few years. Seats, seatbelts and trim are falling apart.
Overall review: If you want a fun car to drive then this is it. Good young person car.
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The best 4x4 saloon by Deniskifast on 01/16/2008. Trim: 1990 BMW 325ix, Owned 7 years.
Pros: The best car I have ever owned, incredibly balanced to drive, one can feel everything thats happening. not the most fuel efficient but I didn't buy it for that !
Cons: The high cost of parts but they are good quality.
Overall review: I will continue to buy BMW's if they keep building cars like this !
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275,00km should speak for itself.... by Mark, Brampton,ON on 11/04/2007. Trim: 1990 BMW 325i, Owned 1 year.
Pros: A sweet little car unfortunately i have an automatic (not for long getting a sweet black std. 2dr 325) love the handling nice amount of trunk for small car. im at about 275,000km and it still runs amazing minor body rust nothin that cant be patched but other then that the engine is great.plus its got a bunch of cool little features(like most BMWs)
Cons: $$$$ for parts(its my first car and its old so its killing me) for winter driving definately need winter tires and because its got most of its weight in the front i put some wieghts over each rear wheel to give it that much more grab
Overall review: love the car as i said before just over 275,000km still runs great like most cars if the have been taken care of they do the same for you( i got lucky with the previous owner too though)
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