Editor’s Note: We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this week. All prices listed are bid amounts at the time of publishing.
There’s no denying it. There’s no stopping it. Winter is coming, and it’s bringing awful driving conditions with it. Well, ‘awful’ only if you’re not prepared. As a baseline, you can start with a good, grippy set of cold weather tires. Next, turn to all-wheel-drive as a weapon to help beat back the slush and snow. But you don’t need a massive SUV or overlander to churn all four tires — can stay a little more incognito and a hell of a lot more classy in this Malachite 1988 BMW 325iX Touring.
What We Like: Green cars are just better. This is a fact. Then throw in a five-speed manual, classic BMW performance and handling and the added practicality of wagon cargo space, and you get a potpourri of greatness. Even though this isn’t a show car, it’s still in fantastic condition; still, you won’t feel as guilty of taking it out in the colder months. The 325iX was pretty much marketed directly at slope-hitting yuppies back in the ’80s. BMW knew this car was going make countless trips shuttling its owners back and forth from ski weekends back, so why not keep the tradition going?
From the Seller: “This 1988 BMW 325iX is a European-market wagon that was imported to the US by the seller earlier this year. Finished in a paint-to-sample Malachite Green, the car is equipped with heated black leather sport seats, powered front windows, headlight wipers, a Momo steering wheel, and a manually-operated sunroof. The 2.5-liter inline-six sends power to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, chain-driven transfer case and viscous differentials.”
Watch Out For: Before this particular 325iX was imported, the previous owner replaced the timing belt, water pump, battery and fluids. But, for this vintage of 325, there is a real problem with engine oil leaks specifically stemming from the valve cover.