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1988 BMW (E30) 325iX JDM Sedan

1988 BMW (E30) 325iX JDM Sedan

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Details

Price: Contact for Pricing

Mileage: 87,700 Miles (139,520 Kilometers)

Engine: M20B25 2.5-Liter Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 4-Speed Electro-Hydraulic Transmission with Sport Mode

Exterior color: Alpine White Exterior (146)

Interior: Indigo (Blue) Leather Interior

Additional features:

Sport Seats

Heated Seats

Heated Washer Nozzles

Leather Sport Steering Wheel

Map Light Mirror

Rear Arm Rest

Rear Headrests

Sony CDX-GT10W Stereo

Factory Tweeters

Tinted Windows

ACS Kopi Rear Apron

Bosch HID Projector Headlights (non-smiley)

HID Fog lights

15” Borbet Type C Wheels

Nokian WR Tires

All Maintenance Items Up to Date

Japanese Domestic Market (same as European) with Highly Desirable Options

25-Year Rule Exempt

Clean Carfax

Colorado Title

1988 BMW (E30) 325iX JDM Sedan exterior photo

Background

The 1984-1991 BMW 3 Series, known generationally as the E30, is the one model more than any other that earned BMW the Ultimate Driving Machine reputation. E30s are one of our specialty vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. I have restored, rebuilt, and sorted a dozen E30’s over the years and currently own three 1989 E30’s including an IX, an IS and a Touring. The “iX” was released to the U.S. market for the 1988 model year, however European market examples were released two years earlier. Japanese domestic market (JDM) E30s were European-spec cars sold in Japan. The iX was BMW’s first all wheel drive model, it is simply unstoppable in the snow. What makes it so good isn’t the all-wheel drive; it’s the E30’s perfectly balanced and telepathically communicative chassis. It is light, tossable, and wonderfully controllable. Adding all-wheel drive to the mix only makes the iX that much better. Limited production numbers and exposure to the cold weather climates they often live in have decimated the iX’s population making clean examples very rare.

European market iX’s received options never available in US, one of the best (for automatic cars) was option code 201—the 3-mode driving program selector, which drove a 4HP22-AA electro hydraulic automatic transmission. Select S for sport mode and the transmission will automatically delay upshifts to hold the RPMs in the power band and proactively downshift. US-spec automatic iX’s are noticeably slower than manual iX’s, but the selectable drive modes combined with the electro hydraulic transmission completely negates this on a Euro-spec car with option code 201. For 1980’s technology, it is surprisingly effective and completely transforms the driving experience of the iX.  exterior photo

Summary

This 1988 European market 325iX came to us via Japan and Canada. We imported it through the 25-year exempt rule; it comes with a clean Colorado title. Besides the desirable Sport Mode option, it has other exclusive options like heated sedan sport seats (US sedans with sport seats were very rare), rear headrests, heated washer nozzles, a map light mirror, and the delightfully retro—but completely useless—cassette holder. With only 87,700 miles, it has much lower mileage than the mean example available on the market. It was imported to Canada from Japan and lived in a BMW enthusiast’s collection before we brought it to the states. It was driven sparingly and treated to regular maintenance. The timing belt stick shows it being recently replaced at 130,000 kilometers (80,0000 miles). While still in Japan it was given a high quality re-spray in what looks to me like Alpine White 2 and fitted with an ACS Kopi rear valence over the stock rear valence. The paint is in excellent shape. Matching 15-inch Borbet Type C wheels wearing Nokain WR tires.

 exterior photo

VIN Decode

VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAAE010902026019
  • Type: AE01
  • Model: 325iX – Europe
  • Development Code: E30 (16)
  • Chassis: LIM
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: M20
  • Displacement: 2.50
  • Power: 168 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Color: Alpine White (146)
  • Upholstery: Indigo Leather (0293)
  • Production Plant: Regensburg
  • Production Date: 12-2-1987

Options

  • 201 3 Driving Programs, 4-Speed Automatic
  • 219 Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • 296 Td-LM Wheels
  • 314 Heated Windscreen Washer Nozzles
  • 350 Heat Green Screen Glass Protection All Windows (tint)
  • 401 Power Sunroof
  • 411 Power Windows
  • 481 Sport Seats
  • 494 Heated Seats
  • 497 Center Armrest in Rear
  • 530 Air Conditioning
  • 556 Exterior Temperature Display
  • 562 Map Light Mirror
  • 690 Cassette Holder
  • 850 Add Fuel Tank Filling For Export
  • 853 Language Version English
  • 860 Turn Signal Lights Front
  • 945 Beruecks. Price Dependency
  • 979 Suede Floor Mats