1988 BMW 325i Convertible 5-sp LSD w/ OEM Hardtop Excellent Condition w/Upgrades

Price: - Item location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 3-Series
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: 325i
  • Year:1988
  • Mileage:209000
  • VIN:WBABB2308J8859850
  • Color:Gray
  • Number of cylinders:6
  • Power options:Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows
  • Fuel:Gasoline
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Options: Convertible, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
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1988 BMW 3-Series 325i

Selling my fun little 1988 BMW 325i convertible 5-speed in light gray on black leather.The car has the factory 3.73 limited slip differential and heated seats. 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. Key upgrades include 5-speed manual conversion, 17-pound fuel injectors with matching D'Sylva 91-octane engine chip, E34 M5clutch 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.


·Garagistic front upper strut brace and lower front end brace (2018), Garagistic cup holder

·PowerFlex control arm bushings(2018)

·Z3quick ratio steering rack (2015)

·LED instrument cluster bulbs (2018)

·MTech 1 leather steering wheel from 325is (2018)

·Black rear license plate panel (Heckblende) (2018)

·15”Euroweave wheels from UK. Very good condition (2018)

·OEM hard top (no soft top) with working defroster and new OEM style headliner. These tops are getting hard to find, paid $2K for it. No leaks! (2018)

·Wind deflector (Love the Drive brand from BavAuto) (2016)

·17#fuel injectors with matching 91 octane D'Sylva chip (2018)

·UUC lightweight flywheel and E34 M5 clutch (2018)

Upgrades included but not installed:

·Morimoto HID headlight kit including everything needed to do it (low beams)

·Garagistic urethane trans mounts

·Garagistic solid lollipop control arm bearings (extremely hard, not rec'd for street use)

·Battery relocation kit with new Optima Red Top 12V battery, ready to be installed (OEM torsional damper is currently installed in trunk where relocated battery would go, 4 bolts removes it)

Maintenance (2018-2019):

·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 cat. DEC brand cat (BavAuto), Bosal brand for cat-back, close to stock sound

·Timing belt checked - 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 headliner

·Newodometer gears

·New15" tires - Kumho performance all-seasons

·Oil and filter change, engine air filter

·NewBMW 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 urethane lower control arm bushings

Maintenance 2015-2017:



·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 pretty close to a hardtop 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.It doesn't have a soft top. I took it out because the top material was shot, the linkage needed to be rebuilt and it weighed about 100 lbs. The hard top is much better for sound & climate and it makes a noticeable improvement to the feel of chassis rigidity, plus it has the defroster. It can be removed by one person.With the top off, the car is pretty lightweight too.

Between the chip, injectors, manual trans, light flywheel, Z3 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 without turning crazy RPMs. The bracing and steering rack made the steering feel and response much sharper. The Z3 rack is so wonderfully quick compared to stock, it's what the car should have had from the factory, nicely weighted.

Hoping to find a fellow enthusiast who will appreciate it!