We groove on BMWs. We also like wagons. Blonde girls in tight dresses elicit a raised eyebrow of approval from many of us too. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings you all three for $15,000.
Yesterday, you didn't have to one-hit-wonder much about the Mercedes ML55, with 54% of you blessing its $14,000 price tag as nice-pricetastic. Today, we're going back to Germany for something with a little less celebrity, but greater rarity. Plus there's a girl!
The E30 3 series was the last of the boxy beemers. Upright and formal, with tidy styling, and available in four body styles: two-door, four-door, convertible and estate, which BMW tagged Touring.
Today's 325i Touring, as presented by the Vanna White impersonator in the ad, was the one body style never imported to the land of mono-linguists, despite its handsome proportions and potentially easy federalization. The only smallish German wagons offered at that time in the U.S. were the VW Quantum and Mercedes Benz E-Class, neither of which was as compact, nor flingable as the BMW 3 series. The Benz is typically driven by scotch-drinking soccer moms, and the Quantum only finds love these days with out of work MIT grads, and yuppies without the means to own a Volvo. This little family hauler would have fit an Audi A4 Avant-esque niche at the time, but, BMW didn't see fit to bring the body style over, and in fact denied the U.S. release for small kraut-wagon hard-ons until the E46 update, two generations later.
Under the hood, the SOHC M20 engine is stout and puts out 171bhp in Euro-guise, which should move the Beemer's ton and a half weight with reasonable alacrity. The seller offers a laundry list of updated consumables and notes a rare armrest/cupholder as a valuable incentive to purchase. Countering that is the 200K on the clock, which is 124,000 miles to those of you metriphobes. That's a lot of Autobahnstorming, and the 3-series, while sturdy, only have so much life in them, so take that into consideration. It's also important to note that this car is not kitted like most U.S.-bound cars were; it's mostly manual, with hand-crank windows and sunroof, and lacking factory A/C.
So what do you think of this E30 Estate? Is fifteen grand a nice price for so rare a wagon? Or is the only thing it's hauling is a big-ass case of crack pipe?
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