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Old 03-26-2013, 04:05 AM   #1
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Exclamation 325ix... help?

I'm thinking about buying a 1989 325ix but I heard their very costly to mentain? Also the guy selling it said it may need a new head gasket because it over heats in stop and go traffic but iit's fine when highway driven :/ but he's not sure. It idles pretty rough but that could mean it just needs a tune up

Should I gamble or pass on it?
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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I'd walk from that one, never buy something with a known cooling system problem. It maybe a cracked head or block, and if its the block, the ix has a differen cast block, and changing the motor is a m....r f..k..g nightmare

They are time consuming to work on, anything driveline related takes twice to three times as long to do,
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:53 AM   #3
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I'd walk from that one, never buy something with a known cooling system problem. It maybe a cracked head or block, and if its the block, the ix has a differen cast block, and changing the motor is a m....r f..k..g nightmare

They are time consuming to work on, anything driveline related takes twice to three times as long to do,
Ugh that's what I've been hearing, thanks for your input man. Lol I thought it would be worth the risk for $800
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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If it heats up in stop and go traffic, you're looking at a fan clutch. Maybe that's the only thing it needs. But if its ever been overheated I'd stay away. (Is the owner going to tell you that....likely not)..... but first Check for diarrhea coolant, or milky oil, or white smoke out the tailpipe. I drove with a bad hg for over 2 years until one of my hoses exploded from the oil eating away at them, not the engine blowing up. So a $800 ix doesn't sound bad if it only needs a fan clutch. And you could get a couple years driving out of it if the oil is leaking into the coolant, if coolant is in the oil, move on.
As for working on it.....hehe.....it took 3 hours to take the whole front end out with the engine.......it took 2 days to get it back in.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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325ix's aren't difficult to maintain. if its just the head a regular m20 i head is a direct swap
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
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agreed, they aren't difficult to maintain; however, the driveline is something which needs regular fluid changes to keep the transfer case clean. but, there is no way of telling whether the car has been abused and no way of telling when the transfer case can quit.
this is the expensive part. Control arms are also expensive. since he's pretty much said it's been overheating for a while there is a good chance the car needs a head. the rough running issue could either be vacuum leak (usually the intake bellow-black elbow) or it's been overheated so bad the motor is running like crap. unless you have experience and know what you're doing stay away. if you're handy it could be a good car once it is diagnosed and fixed.
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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There's a magnetic plug in the Tcase which keeps stuff pretty clean, unless it was ran low on fluid it should be fine.

i beat the **** out of my iX every chance i had for many years. lots of stuff broke, but never the driveline.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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lucky you..it's been my experience having a few that the front input shaft spine gets stripped and causing slipping. requires either removal to repair or cheat it by take welding the front shaft to the transfer case. :-)
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2 IX's -sold and parts
2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:06 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the input guys! As much as I want a e30 I think I may have to pass on this deal and carry on with my e36 project :/
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