Well sort of. It’s not actually powered by a rocket…
I found this on Boston Craig’s List for $8,500. We recently saw an S54 swapped 325ix a few weeks ago selling on Bring A Trailer but that one sold for $17,250. Here’s a chance to a similar car for less than half the price. I have to admit this one is tempting. Between the S52 motor and the work required to install it, $8,500 is a fair price. Someone should buy this.
Here’s the ad for those that find it after the sale and are curious about the car:
1989 325iX awd 5 speed BMW with 1997 M3 S52 motor swap (3.2L) completed by myself in 2013. Motor was purchased in 2009 in CT with 90k miles from a parted-out automatic sedan.
This M3 motor swap has become fairly common and sought after in E30’s within the last 10 years but it is not often seen in an AWD model as it requires a custom oil pan to be built in order to maintain the factory awd system as well as manual brakes or hydroboost brakes. Car runs well and is as turn-key and neatly completed as any swap car comes. Fender has a dent, hood has a dent that has been filled but not re-painted yet and PPG sealer has been laid down over body work on the drivers side quarter panel and rocker. I was planning on re-spraying these spots as well as the lower valence after completing the swap. I have extra red trunk and hood panels that you can have.
Motor is 240hp stock but with larger S50 intake runners, larger 3.5″ AFM and a lightweight flywheel as well as a tune to match this should put it at a conservative ~260+hp. Not exactly an STI or corvette killer but a very fun lightweight well handling car to drive none-the-less. 325iX in snow is an absolute blast to drive, add some new snow tires and let er-rip.
Refurb’d head and new headgasket during swap as well as Besian Vanos Seals.
New Items as follows: E28 M5 clutch, battery, front Wilwood disc brakes, rear rotors and pads, oil cooler and euro S52 oil filter housing, spal pulller fan.
Recent (2008 install with under 5000 miles): rear wheel bearings, H&R sport Springs with Bilstiens, black paint with some blemishes.
A lot more swap info here: http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1396566
As Is sale, no trades.