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1987 BMW 3 Series 325iReview
migration_Paulygray69 writes:
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Stylish, Quick, Maneuverable And Versatile With Respects To The Convertible. —

I bought my 325ic from the original owner with 60k mi on it back in 1998. It was a rare find with a 24 karat gold grill and attached certificate of authenticity. I knew the vehicle was about 28k new and I was fortunate enough to pick it up for 5k. I quickly realized this vehicle has more information center indicators than most new American cars today! Headlight out indicator, to license plate light, just plain helpful if you don't want to be slowed down by law enforcement. It had the original factory spare tire, a Pirelli P6000, never used. It also had the original BMW tool kit located in the trunk lid. But by far the most impressive resistance to stranding me this vehicle has is LIMP MODE...when the water pump goes out(thus affecting the cooling system) the vehicle doesn't simply overheat, it goes into limp mode. Meaning it will calibrate the speed it can move without putting the failing cooling system in complete surrender. In my case on a hot summer day on I 5 OR heading to Medford it maxed out at 27, while I was used to the vehicle moving much more swiftly, I was happy to not have to call for a tow, instead "limped" to Medford BMW, where they informed me about the little known feature. This vehicle now has 219k miles on it and is still a blast to drive in the sun or anytime..oh and it will hit 125 plus anyday...that straght 6 is smokin! CAn't wait to give to my daughter in 3 years as her first car! I haven't been pulled over for speeding since 2005(thank you Passport Escot X 850) but the last time I was cited the vehile was 18 years and I got a 110 in a 55..oh and the Automatic transmission is one of two on the State of CA list to be exempt from the smog procedure base on how many third party smoggy have revved it passed 3.5k RPM in neutral for extended periods of time till they just blew too many so BMW owners win!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Dependable, quick, Most comfortable At 75-85 mph.  and the info center, the hood you know will neverf fly up in your faced because it opens in reverse.  Economical, 23-28 mpg

Cons: You really gotta watch that possitrack, I have had my share of 180s at a n intersection with too much on the gas. I still love it after all these years!  I have had a total of 7 BMWs and this was my third,it knows how to hang on!

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325es Coupe RWDReview
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I Miss This Car... —

This was a great little e30, had great handling, excellent feeling brakes but always seemed to be lacking in power until 3000 rpm, which only left 1800 rpm until the redline. It handled winter roads without a hiccup and was a great car for going up to the ski hill in, that is if you could fit your skis/snowboard into it if you didn't have a ski rack. The automatic transmission was my only real complaint, but only because it was an automatic. The interior was excellently laid out, the three different control sticks for operating the headlights, signals, cruise control, etc. made for easy operation even when wearing gloves in winter, however the great heater ensured that you didn't have to wear gloves for long. The exterior's only real flaw was the plastic/fiberglass front fender skirt was prone to become loose (at least on mine) and it eventually broke loose while driving at 65 mph, destroying the plastic but luckily nothing else was damaged. This car was really easy to work on for all normal maintenance (oil changes, replacing the brakes, replacing the lower control arm bushings, etc) but was also a royal pain when more serious things went wrong. The starter was a bugger to replace, as well as the water pump and oil pan. Another random thing that went wrong was one of the wires on the starter came loose while driving, causing all of the gauges to go out. This was a pain to diagnose along the side of the road in the dead of winter, but a real easy fix. All in all though a great little car that I really would like to pick up again, however I would probably go for its sister, the 1988 325is instead for the manual transmission, higher revving engine and body color metal front fender skirt.

Pros: Great handling car year-round, excellent brakes, communicates very well to the driver
through responsive steering and good overall road feel, good mileage.

Cons: Low redline on the 2.7-L I6, cast aluminum oil pan can be cracked easily on small rocks
common to mountain roads and electrical problems developed after the car sat for a few
month without use.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325iReview
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A Car With A Little Luxury And Upgradeable If You Are A Bmw Enthusiast —

It gets decent average fuel economy for a RWD car. For half city and half highway driving, it gets about 23-24 Miles Per Gallon. The car will take a turn with some body leans. Makes great power for a small straight 6 cylinder engine. I would avoid driving it in the snow, unless equipped with tire chain cables and I am not sure about adding sand to the trunk, if the rear axles and suspension can handle it. My least favorite is the high trunk liftover and small rear door openings. Just don't plan on carrying much bulky items. I guess thank god I do not drive the car anymore, since I have a bad habit of hitting the front spoiler when parking. The trip computer would have a tendency to drain the battery if not driven often enough and it was a $1,000 to replace. When the inspection/oil change light/temperature gauge did not operate correctly, it was fixed by replacing the circuit board inside the instrument cluster. The easiest maintenance to do are the oil changes and changing the spark plugs. However the spark plug wires were never changed, very very expensive and are not kept in stock. The most pain in the neck things to do are changing drive belts. In order to reset oil change and/or inspection light you either have to go to a BMW dealer or buy an expensive reset tool, specifically for certain model year BMWs.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: RWD for some, upgradeable with aftermarket parts

Cons: Not great in the snow without tire chain cables. Parts are expensive and some parts of the car are difficult to work on

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Sedan RWDReview
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Mid-'80s 3-series Bmws Are Some Of The Best Cars Ever Made —

I currently own and drive daily this vehicle, which has 266,000 miles (I'm responsible for 63,000 of them) on the original engine and transmission. The car burns no oil and leaks no fluids beyond a trivial amount of oil (approx. 1/4 of a quart per 3000 mi.) While not as much of a performer as my '84 due to its higher mileage and ETA engine, it is no slouch and still takes corners like a BMW should, with some bodyroll but nothing beyond expected. I find the car (silvery blue paint, dark blue interior) attractive in a reserved sort of way. The only significant repairs it has needed are a replacement driveshaft when the CV joints disintegrated soon after buying the car (which I got at an incredible price, so wasn't too upset), recharging the a/c system and fixing related leaks, and replacing a tie rod end that had worked loose, as a related after effect from a crash it had gone through with the previous owner. The car has never left me stranded, and its overall cost of ownership has been incredibly low, especially considering age. If the car ever needs to be replaced, I'd buy another in a heartbeat. As with all '80s 3-series, condition varies wildly, so be careful when buying one. But if you get one in good quality, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal. Amazing, amazing car.

Pros: Great handling, reasonably comfortable, very reliable, classic looks, low cost of ownership

Cons: Paint hard to keep from disintegrating, interior suffers over time, no cup holders ;-)

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325is Coupe RWDReview
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325is Review — I bought the car from my brother who bought mine and another 87 325i Convertible as a package deal. Mine had been sitting for several years prior to being bought. So there's a few issues but i've about gotten all those worked out. Nothing major...so that's good. The ride quality is great, for a car with it's original shocks, which will be replaced with lowering springs and Performance Shocks sometime in the near future. I love the fact that it's Rear Wheel Drive. I have nothing against front wheel drive vehicles, the majority of what i've owned have been FWD. It's just easier to work on if engine replacement is necessary. Fuel economy is actually better than i thought it would be and i'm so thankful for that! This car is awesome to drive, steering is smooth and precise, It takes curves and turns like it's on rails. I can't wait to replace the bald 14" tires with something a little wider and more tread. lol It should hold the road really, really well then.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It's 23 years old and it still handles better than any other car i've ever had.

Cons: It's Automatic, Replacement parts are expensive.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Sedan RWDReview
tonedeft writes:
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1987 Bmw (e30 )325 (2.7ltr M20 Inline Six Cylinder) — For a 20 year old car, you can't ask for much more. The horsepower isn't great at 121hp but the 172lb-ft of torque more than make up for it. It can beat many of todays cars in a drag race and will kill most cars in the handling dept. The handling take a touch to get used to since it kinda floats for a few milliseconds before hooking in during spirited driving, but if you get the hang of it, it is amazing. I see some people complaining about cost of repairs and that is a simple fix; buy a Bentley manual and do your own repairs. Seriously, this is an easy car to repair yourself even if you have no previous mechanic experience like myself. Bottom line, I sold my 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse for this because, even being 8 years older this is just that much better of a car. You can't beat the deal and now at 20 years old, it is a classic in many states.

Pros: Very good acceleration for a 20 year old car.
Great handling
Easy to fix yourself
Great looking
Many possible ways to modify
Built on the same chassis as the legendary E30 M3
Silky smooth ride even at very high speeds. It feels at 110mph how a lot of cars feel at about 85mph.

Cons: Driver door lock cylinders prone to break.
Steering wheel is a tad bit big.
Back seats don't offer very much leg room, even in the sedan.
Acceleration slows off dramatically after hitting 100mph
14" stock rims are kind of small, although adequate.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325is Coupe RWDReview
Sebastian writes:
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None :) — love my car, handles turns exceptionally well along with drifting, brakes on a dime, just wish her acceleration was faster. she is about 23 years old but still runs like a dream. currently no needed repairs, just fixed her power-steering system since it finally gave out on me after 23 years of having her. 2-door coupe, leather interior (ricky ricaro racing seats), racing tires (unsure of type/creator), has a computer built into her, recently installed a new stereo system since the factory installed radio finally died. grey exterior but needs a new paint job from minor scratches here and there. speedometer broke so mileage is uncertain. and this car is extremely fun to drive if driven properly

Pros: taking turns at fast speeds

Cons: none

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325iReview
Christopher writes:
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The Most Brilliant German Convertible To Come Out Of The 1980's. — This stunning BMW 325iC has beamed in straight from the '80's, and hit the ground speeding. The fantastic, versatile inline six paired with the responsive five-speed manual transaxle provides the lucky driver with a rewarding performance quotient, while the nimble suspension achieves a magnificent balance between great handling and comfort. And who can argue with the responsiveness of rear-wheel drive? The interior showcases technology considered very advanced for its time, like an on-board trip computer and premium audio system with CD player. So put the top down, hop inside, let the premium leather-trimmed sport seats hug you, and jam that accelerator to the floor!

Pros: Powerful inline six (for its time, and still zippy today!), solid five-speed, red leather sport seats with ample bolsters, and who doesn't love convertibles!!!

Cons: Really, REALLY expensive to restore (when taken to the BMW dealership)--do-it-yourself is a definite must.

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325is Coupe RWDReview
Lucas writes:
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Perfect. ;) — Lots of modification potential, excellent handling and a fair ride even with aftermarket shocks and springs. I couldn't comment on actual price of ownership, as I've done way too much more than a normal person would probably want to or be able to justify. Tons of fun on the street, and a good start for the track. As far as how far you can go with the performance...the only real limitation I'm aware of are the fenders--you can only fit so much tire before major rework or fender flares are necessary. The suspension is antiquated by adequate, as is the M20 powerplant. As always, tons cheaper to buy parts and do the work yourself versus having a shop do it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Reserved only for those looking for driving feel and performance at a premium, while still having enough room and comfort to be daily driven.

Cons: It's expensive to have worked on. Do it yourself!

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1987 BMW 3 Series 325e Sedan RWDReview
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Just Bought It.. Many Problems, But Still Fantasic. — Inline 6; 121 hp, 171 lb/ft; 5 speed manual; there are many issues with my car, but they are all either induced by incorrect usage or they are common for a car of its age. The shifter linkage is very loose, so loose in fact that I cannot shift into second gear, but I can still beat most of my friends in a drag race. The handling is great; the back country roads are handled with ease (I had fun watching my friend's '76 Camaro shrink in my mirrors). Drifting can be accomplished quite easily if handled properly. I simply love this car's proportions and style. It is easily one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen.

Owner for 0 years, 7 months

Miles Driven per Year:5,500

Pros: Handling
Fairly smooth line of torque
Styling
Comfortable Seats
Grips when you want, drifts when you want
Sounds fantastic
0-60 time is sufficient
High end torque is great
Very stable at high speeds

Cons: Lacking in power
Acceleration slows down a lot around 95 or 100

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