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Old 01-12-2017, 02:19 AM   #1
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An overdue introduction - My Gray-Green 325iT

I've been lurking this forum pretty hard since purchasing my touring about 9 months ago, so I think it's time for an introduction/documentation thread.

Previously, I owned two 318is e30's, both Alpine White, but always wanted a 3 series wagon. I would have loved an e30 touring, but the price and hassle of getting one in the states is a bit deterring, plus I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted some of the comforts the e46 has to offer.

Here was my last e30.

The past couple years I've kept my eyes out for manual sport packaged touring and seriously considered a couple, but never bit the bullet. Last April I finally found what I was looking for.

A manual 325i, with sport and premium package, came up on craigslist. This was the only photo posted on craigslist. I didn't have high hopes but checked it out anyways.

Despite being covered in dirt it drove and felt pretty good. After talking to the seller I found out the original owner was actually a family friend and my parents chiropractor. It turns out she had just traded it in to the dealership and that the guy selling it had just bought it to flip. He had only had it for two weeks when I bought it from him.

After multiple baths, some trim paint, buffing, wax, and a few small parts here it was.

It's mainly just been maintenance work so far, but I have a few goodies planned.
I have OEM euro clear corners, side markers, and tails all waiting to go on and I'm planning a suspension refresh soon.
I also have a set Style 162's that may or may not go on the car. I have brand new tires on the Style 96's so it's been a little hard to justify.
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:52 AM   #2
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Now this truly is an almost identical twin to mine! I love this color combo, and it's great to see another one receiving the love and attention it deserves. Looks fantastic!
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:57 AM   #3
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Wow - great car. So cool to find a sport/manual combo. Crazy how rare these things are.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:35 PM   #4
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Gorgeous. My favorite color.
If I were to give my Touring a first name, I'd probably name it "Alan".
Mostly because I like puns.

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Old 01-12-2017, 08:09 PM   #5
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Gorgeous. My favorite color.
Definitely a unique color and it really changes depending on the lighting. I probably wouldn't have picked it, but I've been learning to love it.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:29 PM   #6
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Nice wagon. I live in North county (SLO) and have a 2000 325it sport 5 speed. Great cars. Just a tip that I did on my touring that made it nice on the freeway, I changed out the 3.46 rear diff to a 3.23. It brings the revs down on the freeway and really didn't hurt the performance at all. I turn 3,000 rpm at 70 mph now. Ultimately would be to have the 330i 6 speed that has an overdrive in 6th, I believe it is .69 ratio
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