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    OEM+ Sterling Silver 1990 325is

    I bought my first E30 in 2012, a 1989 325is. Unfortunately my last car had fractured clear coat so I made the though decision to find a cleaner car rather than repaint and overhaul my existing car. After searching CL and the usual channels and looking at a couple cars within about a 4 hours drive, I posted a WTB add and ended up buying SER1992's Sterling Silver 1990 325is.

    The car had several previous owners but the last few all were BMWCCA members and it shows. The original paint is in amazing condition, and it just happened that Sterling is my favorite E30 color. Only problem...As always it was on the wrong coast.

    Build Sheet
    Type - AA23
    Model -325is - USA
    Development Code - E30
    Chassis - LIM
    Steering - LL
    Doors - 2
    Engine - M20
    Displacement - 2.50
    Power - 125
    Drivetrain - HECK
    Transmission - AUT (Originally an auto, 5 speed swapped)
    Color - Sterlingsilber Metallic - 244
    Upholstery - Silber Leder - 0292 (Swapped for black sport leather and hounds tooth door cards & rear panels)
    Production Plant - REGENSBURG
    Production Date - 1990-01-05

    209 - Limited Slip Differential (25%) (Retained the 4.10LSD after the 5speed swap)
    226 - Sports Suspension Settings
    240 - Leather Steering Wheel
    281 - Lm-rad 6 1/2 X 14
    324 - Front-und Heckspoiler
    401 - Sliding/vent Roof, Electric
    410 - Window Lifts, Electric At Front
    481 - Sport Seats F Driver/front Passenger
    530 - Air Conditioning
    540 - Cruise Control
    551 - On-board Computer Ii W Remote Control
    562 - Map Reading Light
    675 - Bmw Sound System
    841 - Wag.fa.u.325is Sch
    925 - Shipping Protection Package

    Some of the shots SER1992 sent me.

    List of what was done to the car before I got it:

    Updated Mods Installed:
    New UUC EVO3 SSK w/DSSR and Delrin carrier bushings
    BavAuto clutch kit
    BavAuto springs
    Bilstein Sport shocks
    New Guibo and CSB
    Converted to 75MM wheel studs/nuts (from Apex)
    16" ASA JS1 Wheels
    New OEM Front Rotors w/Hawk HPS pads and rebuilt calipers
    New Rear drilled Zimmerman rotors w/Hawk HPS pads and rebuilt calipers
    Ireland Engineering Exhaust
    New BMW IS front lip
    New BMW IS trunk lip spoiler with fresh paint
    Ti/E36 antenna
    Euro grilles
    Abraham’s smoked turn signal lenses
    New Mtech II steering wheel
    New ZHP shift knob
    New Mishimoto E36 Aluminum Radiator
    Wrinkle finish painted valve cover (black) with sanded BMW logo
    New Bilstein E30 M3 CAB/Lollipops
    Houndstooth Door Cards
    Black Leather Sport Interior
    Hartge Front Strut Bar
    New UUC stainless/teflon front brake lines
    Tinted Windows
    4.10 limited slip
    Viper Alarm
    Bosch Euro Smiley's

    Maintenance in last 5k miles:
    Rockers re-sprayed black
    4 new head light bulbs
    Fresh flush/fill of ATE Super Blue (including clutch)
    New front passenger wheel hub & bearings
    New Continental timing belt & tensioner
    New Graf Water Pump
    New Behr 80C Thermostat
    Coolant flush & fill with BMW coolant, distilled water & Redline Water Wetter
    All new coolant/water hoses
    New Fan Clutch
    New Coolant Temp Sensor
    New Continental accessory belts
    Oil/Filter change
    Valve adjustment
    New valve cover gasket & rubber end plugs
    New distributor cap & rotor
    New air filter
    New fuel filter
    New spark plugs
    New OEM front cowl (lower windshield) plastic vent covers
    New wiper blades
    New front and rear Roundels
    New Pilkington windshield
    New Boston SE50 5 1/4" component speakers front & rear
    Alpine 9874 CD head unit

    Installed as part of sale
    New starter/solenoid
    New Alternator
    New Battery
    Bimmer World Motor and Trans Mounts

    After lots of pictures and videos sent my way a deal was struck. I have always wanted to drive across the country, but I didn't have enough leave from work to make it worth it. I ended up having the car shipped from Oregon to VA. And she had a couple very nice cars keeping her company.

    Finally arrived!

    Swapped over some parts from my old car before selling it:
    Husco Arm Rest
    Custom Cup holder
    BMP Chipped DME
    E28 Leather brake handle
    Second Trunk light
    Mint OEM NLA floor mats, covered with 1-Series All Weather Mats

    Unfortunately shortly after getting it it was apparent that the 3rd gear syncro was shot. So I decided go all in and bought a NOS transmission directly from BMW and sent the car to Guten Parts for Levent to replace it as well as go over the car and take care of few other things.

    Headed to Guten

    While it was there:
    New 5 Speed Getrag260 installed
    E46 ZHP Rack from the Rack Doctor installed
    New Control Arms and M3 CABs
    New End links and Sways bushings
    Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts
    Diff, brake and radiator flush
    AC Refreshed
    New H&R Sport Springs
    Race Skids - Skid Plate

    And quite a few odds and ends.

    New Trans

    H&R Springs and suspension overhaul done

    I had a set of OEM IS side skirts that had been sitting in my closet since I bought my first E30 and decided to get them installed. Levent introduced me to Matthew at Convenience Collision and the car headed there for the rest of the winter for the install and repairing the pinch welds where the car had been jacked improperly.

    Matthew works on a lot of older vintage cars and has done quite a few older BMWs. He said that my E30's body/chassis was the cleanest E30 he had seen since the 90's. That comment right there made shipping the car from the West Coast worth it.

    Skirts are on

    Earlier in the fall I found some BBS RS003 somewhat local so I went for it. So while at Guten and Convenience Collision I had Dave at Renewed Finishes restore the wheels. Before I bought these I had been planning on buying some Nogaro Silver Euro Weaves so I decided to restore the RSs in a similar fashion.

    They were in really great condition, so I decided to refinish the stock lips and not spend more on wider lips.

    Refinish Process

    A little color

    Refinish the bolts in silver or black?

    Black won

    I think Dave's work speaks for itself they came out amazing.
    BBS RS003s 16x7 ET25
    Original Lips and Hexs Brushed and clear powdered
    Centers and Waffles - Nogaro Silver & clear powdered
    Bolts and Barrels in Satin Black Powder

    Mounted up at Guten

    Finally back home
    Bought an awesome small pressure washer on Amazon and a foam gun - GreenWorks 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer

    All clean

    All tucked in

    BBS RS003s - 16x7 ET25
    Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Specs 225/45R16s
    H&R Sports, Bilstein Sports, E90 Drop Hats, M3 Offset CABs

    Next up is breaking out the Porter Cable for a weekend detail session in prep for the Vintage. Tackling the timing belt with the help of a friend to teach me for down the road. Also just jumped on the Stromung GB so anxiously awaiting its arrival.

    Levent -
    Dave -

    All these guys did amazing work, I highly recommend all three guys!
    Last edited by Zeemz; 05-11-2018, 09:25 AM.
    1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
    1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
    September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
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    Wow! I look forward to seeing this at Katie's. Hopefully soon!


      Originally posted by View Post
      Wow! I look forward to seeing this at Katie's. Hopefully soon!
      Agreed! This is gorgeous
      1991 325i 4 dr Euro Spec, 5 Speed, 4.10 LSD, Slicktop


        beautiful car, damn!


          Damn, I wish I never saw your post. Now I really really regret selling my 325is sterling silver which was exactly like yours. Bought project M3 instead but really wish I just kept 325.

          Beautiful car man
          1990 e30 325is S50 swap (NASA GTS2 race car)
          1990 e30 325is
          1988 e30 M3 S50 euro swap


            Beautiful! Love the wheels.


              Those pictures brought a tear to me eye. Not really but jesus, that is a spectacular snag. That car is beautiful. And those wheels...


                Originally posted by View Post
                Wow! I look forward to seeing this at Katie's. Hopefully soon!
                Absolutely. Hopefully now that it is nice out hopefully there will be several of us there!

                Originally posted by Sail Boat View Post
                Agreed! This is gorgeous
                Just checked out your thread and can't wait to see your car at Katie's as well.

                And thanks for all the compliments guys.
                1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                Youtube Track & Autocross Videos


                  Wow! Very nice!
                  - Darrell

                  2001 BMW M5
                  1990 BMW 325is - Build Thread


                    Pictures don't do it justice. Pleasure having her here. Now go drive her!
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                    1998 E36 m3/4/5 1988 325i 1989 325iT


                      Wow! Beautiful.

                      Wish you many enjoyable miles!
                      1990 325i
                      2004 330i Individual 6-speed


                        very nice, where are you find a new gearbox ? how much you pay ?


                          Im afraid to ask how much a NOS G260 cost ya... Car looks absolutely amazing though. Enjoy it!
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                            Very nice! Lets hear the Ireland Engineering exhaust!
                            2003 Z4 3.0 6-speed- Silver, 19's, daily driver
                            1990 Silver 325i- Lowered on H&R OE Sports, e90 drop hats, KYB shocks, color matched rocker panels, 16" Emortal RS wheels on 205/50/16 tires... Currently getting a full refresh including an S52 swap!
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                              Originally posted by ZM Blue Devil View Post
                              Pictures don't do it justice. Pleasure having her here. Now go drive her!
                              Thanks Levent! That is the plan.

                              I really appreciate all the hard work you and your guys at Guten put into her over the last couple months. Looking forward to catching up at the Vintage in May!
                              1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                              1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                              September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
                              Youtube Track & Autocross Videos