From digest.v7.n910 Fri Jan 9 12:21:50 1998
From: "Alan Alfano"<Alan.Alfano_at_SNET.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 1998 09:06:10 -0400
Subject: Re: '89 325iX Potential Buy
In v07.n908, From: Kwmitch2 <Kwmitch2_at_aol.com>
I was scouring the local Auto Trader and came across an ad for a '89 325iX
(coupe, red ext. tan leather int., heated seats, fully loaded, manual
trans, a/c, 92k,
new timing belt, service records since new, 2nd owner) and upon calling
they said they would trade me the iX and $3k in CASH for my '90 325iCA
(106k, Auto trans).
Is this a good deal? I am seriously considering the trade as it would
provide a good
daily driver and allow the convenience of AWD. Is there anything I should
look for on this car?
I am not to familiar with them and any input will play a critical role in
Problems I could think to look for are the transfer case, clutch, and
brakes. Any other points?
'90 325iCA -still for sale ($11k firm)
Worth and 'Book Value' is very subjective thing,
but here is what I found_at_Edmunds (http://www.edmunds.com),
89 iX w/92k: $7,420 / $9,635, +/- .05 for every mile outside of the range
of 97,300 to 101,300
my calculation: $7685-9900
90 iC w/106k: $9,160 / $12,215, AT-4 Transmission +140, +/- .06 for
every mile outside of the range of 98,600 to 102,600
my calculation: $9096-12151
Kelleys Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com) shows:
89 iX w/92k, Connecticut Zipcode: $7200-11800
90 iC w/106k, Connecticut Zipcode: $7875-13050
The iX has all the standard E30 chassis / M20 engine challenges:
timing belt, head bolts, service indicator batteries, OBC back light.
Brakes, clutch no more an issue than a std E30. Just depends on how it is
iX challenges include: high appetite for front control arms (discount for
$220 each vs. $80 for std E30),
transfer case seal leaking, CV joint boots, bent original BBS alloys due to
extreme 48 mm offset.
Also look_at_the iX registry website: http://www.bmwcca.org/misc/iXfaq.htm
Look under 'maintenance items'
Some parts are unique to just the iX (ie - more expensive).
Unique parts include: shocks/struts, rear rotors, front / rear suspension,
bottom of the M20 engine where the front driveshaft goes thru it (oil pump,
oil pan), wheels.
E30 6 14" = 35mm
6.5 15" = 30mm
7 = 24mm
iX 7 15" = 48mm
BMW CCA #30492
1988 BMW 325iX
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