Started on June 14 by Tom Suddard

1987 BMW 325is


This 1987 325is is my second car. It was kindly donated to me by a generous reader, and rough didn’t even begin to describe it. After 2 years of solid work (and replacing nearly everything on the car) it’s now my daily driver and weekend autocross car. I just finished a complete repaint, which somehow took all summer (and used almost enough sandpaper to cover a football field)

Latest updates
Sept. 02
To the Paint Shop!

Long story short, I spent my summer working at The Body Werks, a local body …

April 15

Today, we finally mounted the new wheels, TR Racing C1s, with Kumho Ecsta XS tires. …

Feb. 27
First Autocross

I did my first autocross in a car the other day, and it went well. …

Feb. 27

Uncle Dieter, Dad, Paul Suddard, and I have just finished the seats. We went to …

Jan. 20

I just finished repairing the spoiler with the help of the Body Werks in Ormond …

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June 14, 2008, 2:25 p.m.

That is a good looking car and a great price. Are you still working on the Spitfire? Will it make another installment in CMS?

June 14, 2008, 7:55 p.m.

An E30 325is may be the perfect car for you. Looks good, too.

June 17, 2008, 1:35 p.m.

I got my first E30 325is at 22 after driving a series of boring econoboxes. You've got a hell of a head start!

June 17, 2008, 2:32 p.m.

Thanks, once I finish putting the interior in the Spitfire, it will go to my dad, who has always wanted a Spitfire that doesn't overheat or take Mazda parts. I think there will be more stories about it in the future.

June 17, 2008, 7:04 p.m.

Hasn't *every* Spitfire owner always wanted one that doesn't overheat?

June 25, 2008, 1:46 p.m.

Euro bumpers would be amazing!

July 9, 2008, 6:53 p.m.

What does euro bumpers look like?

July 9, 2008, 7:01 p.m.

Like American bumpers, only with a thin mustache and funny hat. Really... they're thinner and don't stick out as far, because they don't have to meet the US crash standards.

Sept. 3, 2008, 3:43 p.m.

Any progress on this car?

Sept. 8, 2008, 9:55 p.m.

I just updated the car's page.

Sept. 9, 2008, 10:36 p.m.

Where is the cars page? I am working on my '86 325e for commuter duty and still have under $1k in the car. Watch out for your oilpan, they are a PITA to replace and easy to break.

Jan. 12, 2009, 6:23 a.m.

I have always loved 80s 3s. This will be an awesome car foe high school! Great things came out of the 80's (look at my age...proof enough!) Sweet car man, congrats. I dont think you could be learning from a better source when it comes to rehabing one of these beauties than GRM!

Oct. 19, 2009, 1:45 a.m.

I like the new photo! Blacked-out kidney grille also looks great, btw.

Sept. 3, 2010, 12:45 a.m.

Thats a good looking BMW. I've been working on a 85 325s for about a year. I'll be sending in some pictures next week. I love my BMW. Wish I would have got one sooner. Its my 165th car but its one of the best I've owned.

Dec. 8, 2010, 2:11 p.m.

Saw your car in the new issue of GRM. Nice!

March 3, 2011, 2:41 p.m.

Nice E30 dude!

May 23, 2011, 11:25 a.m.

working on a wide body kit for the e30 it will be 5 piece set and will cost $1500.00

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