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BMW 1986 325es E30 - Manual 5-speed w/ Pre-Purchase Inspection Report

1986 BMW 3-Series for sale in Bozeman, Montana, United States

Item location: Bozeman, Montana, United States
Make: BMW
Model: 3-Series
SubModel: 325es
Type: Sedan
Year: 1986
Mileage: 164,090
VIN: WBAAB5404G9681059
Color: Red
Engine size: 2.7L V6
Number of cylinders: 6
Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description for BMW 3-Series 1986

BMW 1986 325es E30 3-series w/ Pre-Purchase Inspection Report

Low starting price and no Reserve!

  • Classic BMW Styling and super clean! Videos and many extra pictures available (ask mzpenland AT gmail DOT com)(message me for documentation copies)
  • Great for those who like the classic look and tuning enthusiast who wants to make this into a raging sports car. This E30 is very nice for its age and you will have a hard time finding a more forthcoming deal, w/ PPI and all known shortcomings outlined, from a seller with a solid feedback record. I’m selling it because I have another BMW and may shop for another.
  • Car is located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I am happy to arrange for shipping or pick up buyers from the airport (BZN) if you wanted a sweet road trip home through Yellowstone National Park, etc. Driven delivery may be considered for shorter distances. Call/message me with questions.
  • Overall condition is very good for its age and it’s ready for a road trip. This is not a garage queen but a well cared for casual driver. It’s been fully detailed and gone over by my local mechanic who has serviced the car for the past five years. It is safely drivable now though has need for tune up and other regular maintenance for the long term. I didn’t go too wild bringing it all up to 100% because someone could negate all of that by wanting to drop an M-class engine in it or something.

MANUAL 5-SPEED RWD 2.7L V6, Two door.

  • Original family owners. First my father, then me. Non-smokers and no pets.
  • 164,040 Miles - 90% highway miles as we lived out of town and then it road-tripped to California every summer.
  • VIN WBAAB5404G9681059


  • Pre-Purchase Inspection report and loads of service records.(message me for documentation copies) Runs OK now and ready to drive. However, per PPI, it would benefit from a tuneup, valve adjustment, and eventually general fluid maintenance - depending on what you’d like to do with the car. See PPI and last service records for more details.
  • Religious oil changes and regular services done. Always used premium fuel.
  • Instrument cluster screws have some rust color and the RPM gauge doesn't go higher than 2k RPM. Presently starts at zero, then gets stuck at 2k when revved. May change or start working again after some driving.
  • Cruise control works, along with all steering wheel functions
  • Heart blows hot. AC is semi-cold but appears to need service.
  • Brand new headlight system and wiring (lots of other new stuff, see BIGGER RECENT MAINTENANCE below)
  • Great exhaust system w/ no issues, ABS works, limited-slip differential.
  • Original wheels with vey new BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S 195/60 R14. Wheels have surprisingly few marks or curb rash given their age.
  • Inspection light needs reset, and check-light on washer fluid is on due to simple wiring (occasional others too).
  • Radio antenna was unplugged and left in down mode.My dad put some old caulk around the base of the antenna chrome just in case, though it doesn't appear to leak.


  • Freshly super-washed, detailed, claybar’d, touched up some, and waxed/buffed.
  • Lived under car covers its entire life (probably went through 25 covers)
  • Original paint, still bright red though some fine scratches, small dings, chips, etc exist (all very fixable if one was inclined). See all pictures and videos.
  • OEM wind deflector, just removed, cleaned, treated, and reinstalled
  • Front lower spoiler is cracked and semi-repaired.
  • Original valance black trim around front bumper has some waving. It cleans up nicer than the photos with proper black-treatment but is prone to the dry look.
  • Professionally installed radar detector, completely hidden.


  • Freshly cleaned and detailed everywhere, then treated and buffed.
  • All seat control levers work. Seats removed for interior detailing and carpet treatment.
  • Power windows, power sunroof that works and never leaks. Sunroof was just cleaned and lubricated.
  • Driver chair needs edge mending. See pictures and videos.
  • Dash is beautiful with only one tiny obscure crack on top passenger pocket dividers and a small dent above glovebox- you won’t find a nicer one. See pictures and videos.
  • All original speakers work though original radio was replaced.
  • Under dash panel below steering wheel looks good but has been heavily mended and painted though it had suffered severe breakage and has cracks. See pictures and videos.


  • Spare key
  • Spare set of studded tires, mounted on wheels (if you want them)
  • Complete toolkit, spare and original changing kit.
  • Original documents and marketing booklets
  • Original touch-up paint can, spare oil filter, spare air filter.
  • Title in hand - clear.


  • PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection) Fixed idle and other wiring. New air filter. August, 2018 (message me for documentation copies)
  • New battery 2017
  • New front windshield, gaskets, trim 2015
  • New tires 2015
  • New headlights with updated modern wiring and fittings 2015-ish, lost slip
  • Fix exhaust system w/ new pipe 160,150 2014
  • Control arms, bushings, belts 156,920 2014
  • New kidney grill and BMW logo 2014
  • Resonator and flange seal 156,544 2013
  • Alternator 151,412 2012
  • Timing belt and tensioner 107,835 (should be done within next 5k or so)
PS on PPI document- Somehowtheyomitted drive-test info. It drives fine :-)- Noknown rattles, suspension is good, no weird vibrations, brakes don'tpulse or pull right or left. Car doesn't wander left or right. Cruise control works. Engine and transmission aresmoothon acceleration (insofar as it could benefit from tuneup),clutch and manual shift are good.
Thanks for looking! Please let me know if you have any questions.

On Aug-20-18 at 08:29:16 PDT, seller added the following information:

Extra PPS on PPI :-)
I was asked to demystify the PPI and answer whether anything was wrong with the car and also what maintenance I would recommend to someone keeping it as-is and not doing racing engine work or swap (which some may do).
Nothing is wrong with the car other than the simple caveats I've listed above. As to maintenance, per my discussion with my mechanic I would do a basic tune-up with spark plugs and the simple valve adjustment first. That's what the PPI says, so that's what I'd do.
From there, with any nice car, it is all about preventative maintenance and fluid service. All of those are very basic, none are in critical condition, and could wait as budget allows. Think coolant, brake fluid, and differential fluid. Longer term (up to several thousand of miles) the timing belt is due. That's it. If you're mechanically inclined you could do all of this in your garage. Otherwise anything else you'd want to do would be in racing performance tuning or cosmetic enhancements.
For anyone interested in deep technical discussions, Ican provide contact info for my local mechanic to discuss the PPI and recent work. Now, the car is fine for a road trip now, but if you'd like to negotiate I can arrange to have some work done on auction close. For example, if you wanted to fly in and have all of the work completed by the time you got here - in Montana with zero sales tax - and then drive it cross-country, well we could do that.
Have a nice day!Thanks,Mike

On Aug-20-18 at 08:46:59 PDT, seller added the following information:

Link to videos and more photos (if this doesn't work for you then contact me)https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNkFszNkYG9i3pFaEqVAG0I5r0PPvSWwvVpyAWzR6pQL9ya7PldIibFXhYR2WfsBQ?key=enVCNF9fc0dhTWFZLW5SNlBoZ19jSzdWR0R4cENB

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