1988 BMW

325i Convertible 5-Speed




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1988 BMW

325i Convertible 5-Speed


What We Like

The E30-generation 3-series is fondly remembered by many automotive enthusiasts. This red over black E30 325i convertible benefits from long-term ownership as well as cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment. Attractive factory options include a 5-speed manual transmission, heated front seats, and “bottle cap” style 14-inch wheels -- and an accident-free Carfax report shows substantive service. Cosmetic modifications are highlighted by “angel eye” headlights, a Nardi steering wheel and shift knob, and an aftermarket Alpine audio unit. This drop-top 325i is ready to make memories for its next owner.

Vehicle Information

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LocationOakland, California 94618
VIN / ChassisWBABB1303J8273177
Mileage117,700 Miles Shown
EngineM20B25 2.5L Inline-Six
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Exterior ColorCinnabar Red
Interior ColorBlack
Title StatusClean (California)
Loan StatusNo loan

Seller Information

Vehicle History & Overview

Per the seller, this E30 was sold new to its first New York-based owner in 1988 and remained there until the owner relocated to the SF Bay Area in 1998. The owner of Hans Art Automotive purchased the vehicle in 2008 and proceeded to replace the timing-belt and related components, as noted on the included accident-free Carfax report. The seller acquired the car in January of 2009 and undertook a cosmetic refurbishment, which included a respray in the factory Cinnabar Red in 2013. Service records since 2009 along with an owner’s manual, flashlight, tool kit, and steering wheel are included.

BMW launched its second-generation 3-series, the E30, in 1982 as a 4-door sedan and wagon, 2-door coupe, and the 2-door convertible seen here. A variety of engines and transmissions were offered, with the M20B25 2.5L inline-six-cylinder and 5-speed manual combination in this example being one of the most coveted. A competent rear-wheel-drive chassis paired with a performance-tuned suspension helped solidify the 3-series’ reputation as a driver’s car. Aftermarket support for these cars is substantial, and values have steadily increased over the last few years.


  • Front fog lights

  • 14-inch "Bottle-cap" style wheels

  • Leather seating surfaces

  • Heated front seats

  • Trip computer and onboard diagnostic system

  • Power windows/mirrors/door locks

  • M20B25 2.5L inline-six-cylinder engine

  • 5-speed manual transmission


  • Aftermarket "angel-eye" headlights

  • Front grille painted black

  • Door handles paint-matched to the exterior color

  • White/carbon-fiber BMW roundel emblems on hood, trunk, and wheels

  • 3rd brake light deleted

  • "325i" badge removed

  • Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel and wood shift-knob

  • Alpine audio unit

  • Carpeted dash cover

Servicing & Documentation

Service records and parts invoices since 2009 are included, and some history prior to 2009 is shown on the included accident-free Carfax report.


The seller notes the following imperfections:

  • One stone chip in the front edge of the hood

  • Stone chips on the rear quarter panel

  • Small tear on the convertible cover seal

  • Headlights have intermittent contact issue

Included Items

  • Service records since 2009

  • Owner's manuals

  • Tool kit

  • BMW-branded flashlight

  • Two main keys and one valet key

  • Factory steering wheel

  • Factory "325i" badge for trunk-lid

Additional Information

The included Carfax report shows a "not actual mileage" note in 1998, 2000, and 2008. However, odometer readings are consistent throughout the years, and the seller believes this to be a clerical error.

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