CGLockRacer Reader
July 28, 2009 2:08 p.m.

I did a brief search, but did GRM ever do an E30 buyers guide? If not, when? Since it is one of the standard answers around here :)

JFX001 Dork
July 28, 2009 2:40 p.m.

Just to piggyback on this:

What about a 325 ix?Good or bad?

walterj Dork
July 28, 2009 2:49 p.m.

e30tech has one as does the bimmerforums. google will save me typing up a tome of regurgitated info but if you really come up dry... repost here and I'll do my best to hook you up.

stuart in mn SuperDork
July 28, 2009 2:53 p.m.

Both subjects have been covered here before, although I don't know how well the search function works.

The 325iX has a couple parts that are expensive to replace if they wear out - the front control arms, and of course the transfer case. Fortunately those parts are pretty durable (my iX has 195,000 miles on it) and the rest of the car is more or less standard e30.

e30 325iX FAQ: http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhix/iX/general/iXfaq.html

CGLockRacer Reader
July 28, 2009 3:27 p.m.

I've googled the buyers guides and seen most of them. Just didn't know if GRM has done one yet. Thanks!

bam2002 New Reader
July 28, 2009 4:14 p.m.

Here is another

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=606593

walterj Dork
July 28, 2009 4:23 p.m.
stuart in mn wrote: Both subjects have been covered here before, although I don't know how well the search function works. The 325iX has a couple parts that are expensive to replace if they wear out - the front control arms, and of course the transfer case. Fortunately those parts are pretty durable (my iX has 195,000 miles on it) and the rest of the car is more or less standard e30. e30 325iX FAQ: http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhix/iX/general/iXfaq.html

Actually, no its not - different front strut tube/spindles, different engine block, front spring rates, shock valving, different shock tower placement, body kit, and lots and lots of other little custom items. The iX was almost $40k new... as much as the M3 because of all the unique parts that had to be made.

stuart in mn SuperDork
July 28, 2009 10:18 p.m.
walterj wrote:
stuart in mn wrote: Both subjects have been covered here before, although I don't know how well the search function works. The 325iX has a couple parts that are expensive to replace if they wear out - the front control arms, and of course the transfer case. Fortunately those parts are pretty durable (my iX has 195,000 miles on it) and the rest of the car is more or less standard e30. e30 325iX FAQ: http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhix/iX/general/iXfaq.html

Actually, no its not - different front strut tube/spindles, different engine block, front spring rates, shock valving, different shock tower placement, body kit, and lots and lots of other little custom items. The iX was almost $40k new... as much as the M3 because of all the unique parts that had to be made.

That's why I said more or less...from the point of view of maintaining the thing, outside of the AWD parts it's not going to be a lot different than a iS (how often does the average person have to change the engine block, anyway.) I've owned my iX for nearly a decade, and I haven't had to deal with anything that's not covered in the regular e30 Bentley manual.

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