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FS: 1988 325i Convertible 5-speed w/Upgrades, Great Condition

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    FS: 1988 325i Convertible 5-speed w/Upgrades, Great Condition

    Hi all,

    This vehicle is for sale on eBay. I won't be conducting the sale outside of eBay but am happy to answer any questions. Listing description is below, and here's the listing link: ... Vehicle is in Asheville, NC.

    Selling my fun little 1988 BMW 325i convertible 5-speed in light gray on black leather. This car has the factory 3.73 limited slip differential and heated seats (driver’s currently not functioning). I am the third owner and have had it since 2015. Everything works, including the A/C (R134a). Some upgrades and updates have been made to make it a bit sportier while retaining stock appearance and reliability: 5-speed manual transmission conversion, 17-pound fuel injectors with matching D’Sylva 91-octane engine chip, E34 M5 clutch and lightweight flywheel, Z3 quick-ratio steering rack, 15” BMW/BBS “Euroweave” wheels and Garagistic upper and lower front braces. The end result is a car that is incredibly fun to drive and reliable. Factory radio delete panel and antenna delete grommet, allowing the next owner to install whatever sound system they desire. Original BMW top in decent shape, but if the buyer wants it perfect, I'd suggest a new top.

    Vehicle will get a comprehensive Inspection prior to sale, and any issues (not expecting any) will be addressed and a report provided. Additional pictures and videos available on request! More pictures and videos here (some pictures are older, vehicle used to have hard top) :

    Garagistic front upper strut brace
    Garagistic lower front end brace
    Garagistic cup holder
    PowerFlex soft urethane front lower control arm bushings
    Z3 quick ratio steering rack
    LED instrument cluster bulbs
    OEM MTech 1 leather steering wheel
    Black rear license plate panel (Heckblende)
    15” Euroweave wheels imported from UK
    Wind deflector (Love the Drive brand from BavAuto)
    17# fuel injectors with matching 91 octane D’Sylva chip
    UUC lightweight flywheel and E34 M5 clutch

    Maintenance (2018-2020):
    Manual transmission conversion including new guibo and center support bearing, new clutch slave cylinder, several new gearshift linkage parts, rear engine seal, front trans seal, new stainless clutch line, trans and diff oil change, rebalanced driveshaft
    Brand new full exhaust including catalytic converter. DEC brand cat (BavAuto), Bosal brand for cat-back, close to stock sound
    Timing belt checked late 2019 – OK for a few more years
    Various oil seals replaced (oil filter housing, oil cooler t-stat, oil pressure switch), oil level sensor cleaned
    New valve cover gasket, rocker shaft plugs and valve adjustment
    A/C converted to R134a, blows ice cold, new aux fan resistor
    New engine/radiator/heater core coolant hose, coolant flush
    New odometer gears
    New 15” tires – Kumho performance all-seasons
    New BMW OEM fog light bulb assemblies
    New blower fan and resistor
    New hood, trunk and tonneau cover struts
    New rear side marker bulbs and housings
    New washer nozzles

    Maintenance 2015-2017:
    New radiator
    MAF Cleaning
    PS and Alternator belts
    AFM/Throttle calibration
    Throttle body cleaning
    Intake elbow and PCV hose replacement
    Tie rods replaced
    Plugs, Plug Wires, Distributor Cap/Rotor, Coil
    New rear calipers

    This is close to a convertible 325is. A sport suspension and set of sway bars would complete the package. I have too many projects, so on it goes to the next owner, who I am sure will love it.
    Between the chip, injectors, manual trans, light flywheel, Z3 steering rack, and chassis bracing, this car is an absolute hoot to drive. 3.73 LSD is the perfect ratio for it, and even with stock suspension it is great in tight turns. Cruises happily at 75 all day on the highway. The bracing and steering rack made the steering feel and response much sharper. The Z3 rack is so quick compared to stock… it's what the car should have had from the factory.

    Including all records since my ownership (2015). Receipts for work exceed $10,000. The car has been thoroughly gone through, and really needs nothing at this time. The brake lining light stays on even though pads are not needed. My mechanic says it’s a short in the wiring somewhere or the cluster.

    Hoping to find a fellow enthusiast who will appreciate it!

    Just leak?


      Slight leak on the passenger side if you take it through a car wash, but no issues in the rain.


        Interesting. In the pics, looks like mold on the backseat...any insight on what it is?


          Nope, just the leather cracking a bit. Rear seat was recovered 5-6 years ago, and the material isn't up to OEM snuff. If you zoom in you can see it's cracking/peeling.


            Thank you for clarifying. Sent you a pm as well.