The Ultimate (Daily) Driving Machine: 60k-Mile 1992 BMW 325i Sedan 5-speed

  • March 04, 2021
The Rundown
  • 2.5L DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
  • 189hp, 181 lb-ft of Torque
  • 0-60 mph in 8.4 Seconds, 110-115 mph Top-Speed
  • 60k Original Miles Stated
  • RWD, 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Lots of Recent Maintenance Listed
  • Mild Bolt-On Performance Mods
Why We Like It

BMW’s stalwart 3-Series was fully remodeled and redesigned for the 1992 model year, ultimately offered in 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, and 2-door convertible form, and this generation is internally labeled E36 in BMW-speak. This was the first year for the more rounded looking design, softer and curvier than the previous more angular 3-Series. It was an extremely popular and globally strong selling generation of 3-Series and lived a long production life. These cars are fun to drive, offering good handling in stock form, and they really respond to mild performance upgrades, if that’s your thing; some enthusiasts build these models into real street terrors! Or they make superb commuters and everyday runners. They’re robust and reliable, but expensive to repair if really bad things go wrong. Many BMW-ites miss these smooth sweet small straight-six engines, many of which have been replaced by turbo I-4s in more recent models.

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the-ultimate-daily-driving-machine-60k-mile-1992-bmw-325i-sedan-5-speed00G0G zERVjCJA8U 0CI0t2 1200x900Seems like lots to like in this offering. Black over tan leather is a handsome combination and being a 5-speed manual car adds appeal for most, while the mileage of just over 60k is low for a near 30-year-old car. The seller notes that the AC and heating systems work fine, and that the car has heated seats and a factory sunroof. Further, the seller lists a litany of recent service items (fluids, filters, brakes, bushings, etc.), plus mild performance bolt-ons, and offers two dozen photos of outside, inside, and underneath this car, noting it’s a solid everyday driver. He fairly discloses that the aftermarket BBS wheels need refinishing, and a few engine gaskets are leaking and need replacement, which could be modest bargaining chips for potential buyers. Given what appears to be reasonably good care and low miles, this Bimmer should offer years of good driving to come.

Valuation Verdict

Hagerty doesn’t rate this generation of 4-door 3-Series (only the convertible), so there’s no price guidance there. Yet, based on cars offered for sale from a variety of sources, which span a wide range between needy examples for a few grand, to immaculate, lower mile offerings asking up to $10k+, this ask seems in the Fair Market ballpark. Again, with the needy wheels and leaking underhood gaskets giving buyers an opening to negotiate a bit, but man that’s a lot of practical fun for the money!

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