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1989 BMW 325ix

1989 BMW 325ix

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 166,100 Miles

Exterior color: Alpine White II

Interior: Natur (Tan) Leather Sport Seats

Additional features:

Crack Free Dash

Euro Smiley Projector Headlights

M Tech I Steering Wheel

ZHP Leather Shift Knob

Z3 Antenna

Ski Pass-Through

Bilstein HD Shocks with OEM Springs

BMW E81 Rubber Floor Mats

Lightly Tinted Windows (70%)

Houndstooth Shift and E-Brake Boots

Custom Center Console Cup Holder

Kenwood KDC-X989 Headunit w/ Matching Illumination

General

1989 BMW 325ix exterior photo

BMW E30’s (1984-1991 3 Series) are one of our specialty vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. I have restored, rebuilt, and sorted a dozen E30’s over the years. I currently own three 1989 E30’s including an IX, an IS and a Touring. I am selling this one on consignment for a friend. It is a 3-owner 325ix coupe that has spent its entire life in Colorado. At first glance it presents fantastically with no major cosmetic issues and an exceptionally clean crack and tear-free interior. Clean IX’s are rare, but what makes this one special is its documented maintenance history. E30’s are like airplanes. Age and mileage are relevant, but not nearly as relevant as maintenance history and the replacement of common wear items that they all eventually need. This is especially true with IX’s due to their additional AWD parts, lower original production numbers, and likely exposure to harsh winter conditions.

This IX has been the beneficiary of impeccable stewardship from its previous owners. It has clearly been garage kept and protected from the UV exposure that unzips E30 interiors at the seams and makes the dashboards look like dried up riverbeds. A glance underneath reveals no rust- indicative of it being a Colorado car. For the last two decades it has been meticulously and professionally maintained by Paddock Imports, a BMW specialist shop in Denver. I have detailed records for the last eight years, which are as far back as their current computer system stores data. This timeframe covers the mileage when most major items need replacement (about 100,000 to 150,000 miles in my opinion). The 2nd owner was obsessive in their maintenance, sparing no expense and having even the slightest issues addressed. From 2008 to 2014 they spent over $11,000 maintaining the car. The 3rd owner (for whom I’m selling the car,) spent an additional $6500 to bring it up to spec. He is an avid enthusiast who also owns a Porsche 993 generation 911. The result of this maintenance pedigree is an IX that operates, drives, and handles like it did when it was originally purchased back in October of 1989. It is a time capsule of what defined BMW for a generation and earned it the reputation as the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Original Factory Option Codes:

  • S410A Power Windows, Fog Lights
  • S464A Ski Pass-Through
  • S530A Air Conditioning
  • S540A Cruise Control
  • S556A Outside Temperature Display
  • S925A Destination (Shipping) Protection Package

Mechanical

1989 BMW 325ix engine photo

I have summarized the work done in the receipts into a spreadsheet that I can email on request. A major service including the timing belt was done at 159,000 miles. The engine oil and filter were last changed at 164,000 miles. Here is a summary of all major components replaced in the last 7,000 miles. - Timing Belt - Timing Belt Tensioner Spring - Water Pump - Thermostat - Distributor Cap and Rotor - Valve Adjustment - Alternator, Power Steering, and Air Conditioning Drive Belts - Coolant Level Switch - Coolant Flush - Front Wheel Bearings - Front Shock Mounts - Front Shock Inserts - Front Shock Assemblies (IX specific) - Front Coil Springs - Gear Shifter Cup - Shift Selector Knuckle - Shift Carrier Bushing - Shift Selector Bushings - Left Front Axle - Front Driveshaft Spline Service - Front Driveshaft Flex Disc - Power Steering Flush - Power Steering Suction Hose - Front End Alignment - Air Conditioning Service - Emergency Brake Adjustment

Here is what has been replaced in the last 40,000 miles

  • Fuel Filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Front Brake Rotors
  • Front Brake Pads
  • Front Brake Wear Sensor
  • Alternator
  • Intake Boot
  • Rear Shocks
  • Rear Shock Mounts
  • Rear Brake Rotors
  • Rear Brake Pads
  • Rear Brake Wear Sensor
  • Muffler
  • Driver’s Dashboard Knee Bolster Trim
  • Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Pump Relay
  • Fog Light Switch
  • Brake Master Cylinder
  • Brake Light Switch
  • Front Control Arms and Bushings
  • Front Sway Bar Bushings and End Links
  • Right Front Axle
  • Speedometer Sensor
  • SI Circuit Board
  • ECU Coolant Temp Sensor
  • Cluster Coolant Temp Sensor
  • Oil Relief Valve and Filter Housing O-Rings
  • Heater Control Valve

The result is a turn-key 325ix that needs nothing. The biggest mechanical gripe I can find is a little noise from the air conditioning, which blows perfectly cold. I’ve driven it on 100-degree days, in stop and go traffic with the air conditioning running full blast, and the temp gauge never crept above twelve O’Clock. The engine idles smoothly and pulls super strong to redline. The drive train is quiet with no excessive whine or vibrations. The shifter feels amazingly tight, not the spoon in a bowl of spaghetti that so many E30’s have if not rebuilt . The suspension is firm yet compliant, with no creaks or noise. Even a full left or right slow speed turn over bumps results in no noise (sway bar bushings, end links, or shock mounts usually creak on IX’s in this situation). There is a significant amount of cosmoline protectant left over from the original delivery in the engine bay, but it is entirely superficial.

Exterior

1989 BMW 325ix exterior photo

The Alpine White II paint is in very good condition and presents fantastically. It has no indications of underlying rust, one of the reasons Colorado cars fare so well over time. The downside of sand instead of salt is minor pitting on the leading edges. The worst areas are the leading edge of the lower hood and the fender flares. I have included pictures of these areas. The lower valence was re-painted by Paddock Imports and looks great. All VIN tags are present. The black trim is also very nice, but there are a few scuffs, which I have photographed. The underneath of the car is equally rust free. The fenders, floor pans, battery tray and lower windshield are all rust free. The rear lower valence does have some staining that is visible on the white portion above the black paint line. You can see this in the pictures on our website. The windshield glass has minimal pitting and no cracks. The side and rear glass are also very nice. The 70% ceramic tint is a subtle and functional modern touch, protecting the interior from heat and UV exposure. There is what appears to be some type of water marking on the driver’s side window, but it is faint. I asked the seller about it and he said it was there before the tint. I tried to remove it with various remedies and nothing worked. The Euro Smiley Projectors headlights are one of the best OEM upgrades you can do to an E30. The headlight and fog light glass are in above average condition, indicative of their replacement, which is documented in the records. The Z3 Antenna is a modern and functional touch that looks stock. The wheels are in great shape, although the left rear one appears to have been repaired at some point. I am swapping this one with the spare, which is perfect.

Interior

1989 BMW 325ix interior photo

The interior is exceptional. The dashboard is crack free. The vents do not sag. The sport seats are in excellent condition. The leather is soft and supple with no tears or creases. It has definitely been replaced at some point. Their recline shocks work, along with all other adjustments. . The 3rd owner installed the sport seats. The original comfort seats in matching Natur leatherette are included and are in very nice condition. The rear ski pass through seat is still leatherette, but it matches nicely. There is a small 2” tear in the front bottom portion of the rear seat cushion, but not on the part you sit on, (see picture on our website). The M Tech Steering wheel looks great, the leather is soft and the M badge color is not faded. There is some slight wear on the top portion of the wheel. All instrument cluster functions including the odometer work correctly. The houndstooth gearshift and parking brake boots are very nice accents that match the Natur leather. A black leather gearshift boot and stock rubber parking brake boot are included if the houndstooth is not your taste. The leather ZHP shift knob is a modern touch you are reminded with at each shift. The driver’s side window switch has been replaced with a newer style switch that I don’t care for. I will replace it with an older style switch from my stock if you like. The center console cup holder is a must have. The texture is slightly different that the gear shift console. The stock center console is included. The E81 rubber floor mats are a perfect fit for an E30. I have a set in my own IX.