From digest.v7.n605 Mon Nov 17 12:48:52 1997
From: "Alan Alfano"<Alan.Alfano_at_SNET.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 08:35:29 -0400
Subject: RE: 325iX info needed
>From: "Rich, Iva & Tom Jones" <rljon_at_pacbell.net>
>Subject: 325iX info needed
>Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 23:03:20 +0000
>re: '88 325iX that's a red 2dr has 114k miles
IMHO the wholesale is probably $6-7k, so at $10k there so room for a
>>would like to know of all the things he should be looking at on a used
Standard 325 problems: OBC, Service Indicator batteries, rear trans seal
Be aware that most suspension parts are unique to the iX and are more
expensive than standard 325 parts.
325iX problems: appetite for front control arms every 80k miles. Each arm
is $250 at dealer. Cheapest that I have found is at Bekkers ($161)
The iX alloys have a severe offset (47 mm) which contributes to easy
E30 6 14" = 35mm
6.5 15" = 30mm
7 = 24mm
E30iX 6 14 = 47mm
Due to this offset, there are not to many after market wheels that will
fit, as there will be a front brake caliper clearance problem.
Some people have had problems with the transfer case, it only hold 1/2
quart of ATF. Replacement can be in the $2-3k range.
I suggest that you look at the 325iX FAQ site:
Additional specific questions can be refered to iX Registry founder Gordon
Haines (ghaines _at_ epol.com).
Also my e-mail box is always open.
If your friend buys the iX, I highly recommend that you join the iX
registry and buy all back issues. There is a ton of iX info here.
>>What kind of autoXer would an iX make, and if it will what is avalible
suspension wise for the iX? Or what do you suggest?
I do not know what kind of autoX car an iX would make. The front suspension
is completely different the a normal 325.
Suspension upgrade options are limited to: Dinan, Korman. These mods
include: springs, shocks, sway bars.
See iX Registry site for suggestions: cutting 1 1/2 links from front
springs, gas shocks, 21 mm rear sway bar.
Without the beefier rear sway, the iX has a tendancy to plow straight thru
corners in extreme manuevers.
I hope that this helps,
BMW CCA #30492
1988 BMW 325iX
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