1989 BMW 325is

Started on Oct. 31, 2006, 11:23 a.m.

Club Editor Scott R. Lear is campaigning this '89 325is in NASA's Spec E30 class.

1989 BMW 325is Specs

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Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:Germany
Purchase price:$1500
Displacement:2494cc
Stock horsepower:170 bhp @ 5800 rpm
Torque:163 lb.-ft @ 4300 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-6
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:MacPherson Strut, Bilstein dampers (front)
Multi-link, Bilstein dampers, Ireland Engineering anti-roll bar (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Bolt pattern:4x100
Body width:66.0 in.
Curb weight:2650 lbs.
Wheelbase:101.0 in.
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Just in time for halloween, we pick up our Spec E30 race car project, disguised as a neglected 1989 325is.

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1989 BMW 325is Specs

Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:Germany
Purchase price:$1500
Displacement:2494cc
Stock horsepower:170 bhp @ 5800 rpm
Torque:163 lb.-ft @ 4300 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-6
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:MacPherson Strut, Bilstein dampers (front)
Multi-link, Bilstein dampers, Ireland Engineering anti-roll bar (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Bolt pattern:4x100
Body width:66.0 in.
Curb weight:2650 lbs.
Wheelbase:101.0 in.
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