BMW 325i

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EN­GINE 2494cc/6-cyl/OHC POWER 171bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 164lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 131mph 0-60mph 7.4sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 23-29mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed manual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 172,400 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine feels sweet and freerevving and the run­ning gear all feels fine, with no slack­ness ev­i­dent and no ‘clonks’ when ne­go­ti­at­ing speed humps. The after­mar­ket quick­shift gear­lever con­ver­sion is a mat­ter of taste, but the ac­tion feels a lit­tle bru­tal to us; the seller is con­sid­er­ing hav­ing it re­moved, so it’s worth hav­ing a chat with him in ad­vance. The only other con­cern is a wind­screen chip within the driver’s line of vi­sion, which may cause MoT prob­lems un­less rec­ti­fied.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The car’s fresh coat of Alpine White paint doesn’t hold up to close scru­tiny too well; small flecks of over­spray lurk on the in­side of the off­side B-pil­lar, and it doesn’t look as though the new paint ex­tends be­hind the rear lights. There are also cor­ro­sion stains in the fresh paint around the near­side sill. That said, there are no dents, panel gaps are even, and we found no ob­vi­ous signs of cor­ro­sion (but it’s worth get­ting the car up on a ramp so you can check prop­erly). Tyres are new Falken 205/155s, mounted on

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The driver’s seat bol­ster has a small fray and a cig­a­rette burn on the base, and a small trim panel to the right of the steer­ing col­umn is com­ing loose, but the grey cloth trim is gen­er­ally in fine nick, as is the black leather steer­ing wheel. The spec in­cludes an elec­tric sun­roof, after­mar­ket Alpine CD head unit and elec­tric mir­rors. The elec­tric rear win­dows don’t work and the dig­i­tal dis­play of the trip com­puter is also faulty. The after­mar­ket im­mo­biliser was act­ing er­rat­i­cally, maybe due to an ex­pir­ing bat­tery. A few is­sues, then – but with a lit­tle work, this would be a re­ally nice in­te­rior.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

On the day of our in­spec­tion the seller hadn’t yet had chance to give the car a full health check, so there was room for im­prove­ment in the en­gine bay, and the in­spec­tion warn­ing lamp was il­lu­mi­nated on the dash. The bon­net re­lease ca­ble was also bro­ken, the bon­net in­su­la­tion was dis­in­te­grat­ing, and the en­gine oil was a lit­tle old. On the pos­i­tive side, the hy­draulic fluid and coolant looked de­cent, and the ra­di­a­tor ap­peared to have been re­cently re­placed, along with some coolant pipes. The ser­vice his­tory in­cludes a large num­ber of main dealer stamps, BMW ser­vice check­lists and re­ceipts for small sundry items, in­clud­ing a cam­belt change in 2014.

THE CCW VIEW

This has the mak­ings of a tidy ex­am­ple of a grad­u­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing 3-se­ries, with a de­sir­able en­gine and gear­box and high spec­i­fi­ca­tion. A ser­vice, thor­ough prep work through­out and some de­tailed cos­metic at­ten­tion to the paint should make it be wor­thy of its cur­rent price tag.

PROS High spec; de­sir­able en­gine and gear­box

CONS After­mar­ket gearchange; some de­tail flaws

ASK­ING £6250 PRICE

Short-shift gear­box kit may be re­moved be­fore sale.

En­gine needs a ser­vice, bay needs at­ten­tion.

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