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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Possibly the greatest car ever made ... If you know how to drive
By mobius1127 on 07/30/12 21:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

Well this is my first car a 1988 BMW 325is 5-speed , but have driven newer BMWs and can say that not much else drives as good as a well sorted e30 does , and nothing that I've driven drives better . I will say that the e30 in stock form is not very fast it will move once you get the engine on cam 2400-5500rpm , but e30s are momentum cars not drag racers , e30s handle very well if you know what your doing , the steering is second to nothing , the brakes are surprisingly good , and the handling is very good, but if you screw up there are NO safety nets , you have ABS that's it e30s love oversteer , you will most likely flip the car around at least once , so buy the best tires you can afford
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Amazing, Amazing car. I'll miss it.
By gawdzila on 12/10/10 01:51 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

I got a 1987 BMW 325iS as my very first car. It had about 155k miles. I had it for 13 years. While it had a few issues over the years (ECU, radiator fan, brake master cyl, clutch, routine stuff like brakes and timing belt; expected after 200k miles+), it was VERY reliable. The engine was glorious to rev and got good mpg. The ride and handling was great, and was perfect after getting H&R+Bilsteins. Very fun and easy to live with. Sadly, my car's life was ended by an errant elderly man driving a beat up Toyota, who hit it while it was parked. It had 300,000 miles on it, and was still fun to drive every day. I loved my car dearly, and will be getting another BMW. R.I.P, my old E30.
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E30 vs Porsche 944
By Killer E30 on 08/31/08 19:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325i 2dr Coupe

Review

I have owned 11 cars in the past 10 years from VW Jetta, to Audi v8 quattro and Porsche 944, the 2 best being the Porsche 944 and 86 BMW 325e I have now. Only reason I liked the Porsche better is that there was no understeer during harsh cornering, the BMW 325e kinda feels like my '92 Subaru Legacy when pushed in corners but not as much understeer however very refined and still a great alternative to many new performance cars made today with an E36 M3 engine swap it should be even more devastating this car is still better in other ways than the 944 like reliability. With racing dynamics tower brace, bilstein shocks and H&R springs it helps me keep up with a Cayman S on twisties literally.
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Have to drive it to believe it!
By 1989 bmw 325is on 08/22/06 02:04 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

I bought the 325is used with 170k for $2.5k and spent another $4k to recondition the BMW. Guess what? It worth every single penny! The 325is has great interior features, reliable German engine, excellent handling on highway and street.
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A real enthusiast car
By mikeygervais on 11/29/05 22:52 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325iX 2dr Coupe AWD

Review

This car handles better than my Mini cooper. If you love to drive, this is a really fun car, especially if you install an aftermarket sport suspension. With the right tires, this car is almost impossible to spin out of control. The downsides are: the cost of the replacement parts are twice a regular E30; fuel economy drops to about 20 city, 23 hwy, and its a bit heavier (3000 lbs) compared to a regular E30 (2840 lb), hince a little slower. The 1988 was the best year, had all the best options, fender flares, Recaro seats, power everything.
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Excellent
By Zoomer on 12/12/04 11:28 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325i 2dr Coupe

Review

This car has been an excellent vehicle. I have owned it for about 9 years now and I routinely dust most new cars. This car is an absolute rocket once you get into the power band which is in the 3500 rpm range. On the highway I get around 24-26mpg, but around town it is always at 20mpg. Considering the way the I drive, this is excellent. Handling is awesome! I point the nose and like a needle it threads its way through traffic. It is almost like you think about your next move and it obeys. Final thought..If you find one with low mileage...BUY IT!
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Bimmer
By 325i coupe on 05/08/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325i 2dr Coupe

Review

Bought it used w/110K on it, have added 60K of my own with plans to keep it a long time. This car is a tank - solid construction. Keep it regularly maintained, shop around for a mechanic - prices swing wildly - and it will keep going and going.
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A Classic!
By clouseau on 03/09/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

This is my second E30. Very reliable if you keep up on suggested routine maintenance. Yes, they aren't perfect but their character will win you over. Very respectable performance and impressive craftmenship. These cars are built to last. You won't be sorry. BMW has impeccable standards and it shows.
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still turns heads
By miker g on 11/27/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

Not many NEW cars can compare to the feel of this car. The steering is so precise, the car is linear and stays that way even when you stomp on it in snow. Very comfortable driving position and all controls are right where they should be. Reliability & repairs have been a problem. Not sure if I would buy another bimmer for this reason.
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best car for the money
By bmwflying on 10/23/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 BMW 3 Series Coupe 325is 2dr Coupe

Review

out handles out performs any japanese car under $20000 yes $20000 and i only paid 3000 leather seats full power 6 speaker stereo alarm on board computer anti theft radio code start 6 way adjustable recaro seats full size spare bult with quality and this in back in the 80's. Unlike the honda s2000 and thats a $30000 car and the funny thing is if you get a flat what do you do with the tire it wont fit in the trunk maybe put it in the rat skin leather passenger seat??? how many 20 year old japanese cars do you see driving in good condition with orignal motor and transmission 1 maybe 2 a day MAYBE.
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