Bargain Bin – 1990 BMW 325i Convertible

There’s nothing more frustrating than uncovering a good deal when your garage is full. Of course, the easy solution is not to look, but that’s nearly impossible if you have the car virus. One for the bargain list is 1990 BMW 325i Convertible for sale for $2800 in Vancouver, WA.

1990 BMW 325i Convertible left front

Is this the same Fjordblau seen on 2002s? It’s certainly lasted much longer than most metallics of the period, and shows a nice gloss in the pictures. The car looks clean, complete, and doesn’t appear to need any excuses. Said to have 103,000 miles, it’s got plenty of life in it yet, given good care. It’s got a new top, and is said to have a solid engine (?) and good transmission and clutch. The last timing belt was done at 75,000 miles, so if there’s no documentation, you’ll want to do the timing belt on this interference engine.

1990 BMW 325i Convertible rear

Ahhh, the 1980s and its cheesy license plate frames. My Other Car is a Rolls Royce. Sometimes I Go Topless. Ha. Ha. Haaaa. Here’s another good shot of the car showing just how good it is. Of course, with those good looking finishes, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t a reason for them, like, say, accident damage. But on the surface, things look good.

1990 BMW 325i Convertible interior

When did you last see an E30 BMW in this price range with intact seat bolsters? The dash also looks to be in good shape, with no visible cracking, and carpets are as clean as you’d have any right to expect for a 25-year-old convertible with a tan interior. The rear seats show some creasing and dryness, so you’ll definitely want to go all out with your bottle of Leatherique to make sure it stays that way.

1990 BMW 325i Convertible engine

The engine is said to heat up more than normal, and need a new fan clutch. Luckily, parts are readily available, but make sure to check compression and the condition of the coolant and oil so you can tell the gravity of the problem. Either way, the engine should be easier to handle than many of the interior and trim parts. What do you think – would you snap this deal up?


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4 Responses to “Bargain Bin – 1990 BMW 325i Convertible”

  1. steve in podunk Says:

    not a bad deal at all if it only needs is a new fan clutch and/or radiator.

  2. Tim Says:

    Nice car at a good price. Now for a question…What is it that makes cars get a funky headlight?
    I’ve seen on cars every now and then and never have been told the reason. Is it a burned out bulb? Water in the lens? Please let me know! It’s driven me crazy for years.

  3. pickles Says:

    We went this route a while back. We needed a second car but it sure didn’t need to be new, had to be affordable and fun. The ’87 325i we bought was a nice family’s 3rd car, kept well and it delivered. In several years, all we needed to do was replace the glove box latch and …repair the side bolsters and top of the rear seat. And dang was it fun. By today’s standards, it’s crude (no clicker, no power roof, slow power windows) but just drive it an love it.

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