It's the stories that make cars great. Without stories, memories, or unrequited longing, any particular car or truck would just be a bunch of steel and plastic riding on some tires. The BMW E30 is a car that probably inspired an order of magnitude more stories than it ever spurred buyers. That's not because the quintessential 1980s 3 Series was uninspiring, rather the opposite. For every person able to cough up the money for a 325, there were dozens with pockets too empty to take ownership of this aspirational European standard-setter.

David Duran was one such aspirational kid in 1987 when his BMW 325 was built, not even yet old enough to drive. He bided his time, though, and in 1992, at the tender age of 18, he managed to purchase this '87 325i, which he's held onto for the last 20 years. Cars I See has given David's story the full-on video storytelling treatment. It may be one guy talking about his car, but it's compelling viewing for gearheads all the same. Check it out.

Cars I See - 1987 BMW 325i from Frazer Spowart on Vimeo.



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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can relate to this story because I always thought it would be kind of cool to be a grown man and still own the car I had in high school. Before I ever got my first car, that was to be the plan. Unfortunately for me, I ended up with a car that I felt was better suited for the show 'Pimp My Ride' than for being something to hang on to forever. Stories like this guy's are part of what being an auto enthusiast is all about.
      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      The more simple cars are designed, the more iconic they become. It's in the simplicity. ...and then go and look at a Prius. Or a current 7-series BMW.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMO the best-looking BMW ever made. True classic design.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I disagree, the 8 series in the 90s was better.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's a clean looking car. i only wish i could keep a car in that condition after 20 years
      Gerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is nothing particularly special about this car. Obviously its been gently used and well cared for. I've driven cars for more miles than the average owner, always getting 200,000 or more miles. Pontiacs, Hondas, and Chevys all lasted many many miles. Today's BMW's are outragiously expensive. The current 3 series with just a few pacakged options tops $50,000. In my opinion, way overpriced and yes, I can afford one.
        ReneeR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gerry
        how funny that I paid less for my house back in 1970==== $29,000 sold for $405,000 and my house came with a bathroom & kitchen. But I did buy a Lincoln Town car back in 1999 and still have it with less then 42,000 miles.
      bored2heck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Edit: I guess the bumpers of the i and the iS were different, or his is modded because he still has the old taillights and a smoother steering wheel.
      Ted L Miller,Rev
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 1991 Buick Pake Avenue with 134,000 miles on it that I bought new in 1991. Has the orginal paint that is still like new from keeping it clean and polished and the orginal chrome spoke wheel disk.
      vairnut62
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still have a 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk for 55 years. It was from same family car.
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, i feel the same way about my 93 mustang 5.0 lx.
      nevadagang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have an 1987 Honda Accord original miles I put on 92,759
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great story. Sadly, the BMW haters will start making their shallow comments.
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Sadly, children will think they're going to fire a preemptive strike. And will use jr. high words like 'hater'.
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Karl T
          Response fail.
      europeans.make.junk.cars
      Nice ad.... I mean article.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @europeans.make.junk.cars
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