1987 BMW 325is

Started on June 14 by Tom Suddard

Ride Rating


This 1987 325is is my second car. It was kindly donated to me by a generous reader, and rough didn't even begin to describe it. After 2 years of solid work (and replacing nearly everything on the car) it's now my daily driver and weekend autocross car. I just finished a complete repaint, which somehow took all summer (and used almost enough sandpaper to cover a football field)

I currently have it prepped to run STX, and it's actually quite competitive. However, turbo parts are stacking up in my room...

17 comments on this ride

Join Free Join our community to easily find more BMW reader's rides.


Jun 14, 2008 2:25 p.m.
That is a good looking car and a great price. Are you still working on the Spitfire? Will it make another installment in CMS?
Jun 14, 2008 7:55 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
An E30 325is may be the perfect car for you. Looks good, too.
Jun 17, 2008 1:35 p.m.
I got my first E30 325is at 22 after driving a series of boring econoboxes. You've got a hell of a head start!
Jun 17, 2008 2:32 p.m.
Tom Suddard:
Thanks, once I finish putting the interior in the Spitfire, it will go to my dad, who has always wanted a Spitfire that doesn't overheat or take Mazda parts. I think there will be more stories about it in the future.
Jun 17, 2008 7:04 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
Hasn't *every* Spitfire owner always wanted one that doesn't overheat?
Jun 25, 2008 1:46 p.m.
Euro bumpers would be amazing!
Jul 9, 2008 6:53 p.m.
What does euro bumpers look like?
Jul 9, 2008 7:01 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
Like American bumpers, only with a thin mustache and funny hat. Really... they're thinner and don't stick out as far, because they don't have to meet the US crash standards.
Sep 3, 2008 3:43 p.m.
Any progress on this car?
Sep 8, 2008 9:55 p.m.
Tom Suddard:
I just updated the car's page.
Sep 9, 2008 10:36 p.m.
Where is the cars page? I am working on my '86 325e for commuter duty and still have under $1k in the car. Watch out for your oilpan, they are a PITA to replace and easy to break.
Jan 12, 2009 6:23 a.m.
I have always loved 80s 3s. This will be an awesome car foe high school! Great things came out of the 80's (look at my age...proof enough!) Sweet car man, congrats. I dont think you could be learning from a better source when it comes to rehabing one of these beauties than GRM!
Oct 19, 2009 1:45 a.m.
I like the new photo! Blacked-out kidney grille also looks great, btw.
Sep 3, 2010 12:45 a.m.
Thats a good looking BMW. I've been working on a 85 325s for about a year. I'll be sending in some pictures next week. I love my BMW. Wish I would have got one sooner. Its my 165th car but its one of the best I've owned.
Dec 8, 2010 2:11 p.m.
Saw your car in the new issue of GRM. Nice!
Mar 3, 2011 2:41 p.m.
Nice E30 dude!
May 23, 2011 11:25 a.m.
working on a wide body kit for the e30 it will be 5 piece set and will cost $1500.00

You must be registered and signed in to comment.

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More