Sunday, October 21, 2018

1985 BMW 325e Mercedes Diesel Pickup - What The...?

I'm not sure if this is an abomination or a really brilliant piece of backyard engineering. Maybe it'a a bit of both.

I'm not going to write about this car. I'm just going to copy and paste the complete ad. It says everything we need to know. (Unless you want to know why he did this. That's not really explained...)


This vehicle started it's life as a 1985 BMW 325e with a funny idle and weird smells. I drove it for about 5 months before the fuel pressure regulator caused a fire and burned most of the motor and the center portion of the original hood. I was able to save it, and decided to turn it into a few different things since then.

It went to a Ford 302 mated to a Borg Warner T5 from a 1985 Mustang. I drove it for about a year and sold the engine but kept the T5. Around then I cut the rear portion of the roof off and installed an ex-chump-car cage from a fellow e30. I proceeded to fab up a bed, bedrails bulkhead/cab and tailgate and fuel system holder in the following year, including removing the front of the car.

I found someone online making Mercedes OM617 to T5 adapter kits for Broncos so I ordered one.. and the rest is just history. Here are some things including a lot more that I can't even think of:

Paint: Eastwood Battleship Grey
1985 Mercedes 300TD 5 cylinder turbo diesel (and now intercooled) with boost turned up
Monark injectors, new seals, valve adjustment and ALDA + rack limiter mod/delete
Custom intake manifold to enable intercooling.
Clocked the K26 Turbo to adjust boost through the inside fender (cool)
New fuel lines to RCI baffled cell
New brake lines and rebuilt calipers + newer brake system.
Arrow Racing Steelies (7 wide?) 0 offset
Custom engine mounts and poly filled motor mounts.
Custom front bumper for the intercooler and signals/lights.
Custom radiator mount to a 318is radiator? I forgot. 12" electric fan
Custom made AN adapted hydraulic power steering lines to an adapted BMW e46 Club sport rack (purple tag)
Custom transmission crossmember (needs fixing)
Custom driveshaft to poly bushing and reinforced rear subframe.
3.73 LSD rebuilt Julyish 2015
Wilwood Pedal Box adapted with Garagistic mount. Tilton resevoir under dash (manual brakes)
Sparco Pro2000 and Sparco Corsa seats with sparco harnesses.
Silly wooden radio box and some etc.

I'll answer any questions. Street passable, currently registered and insured. Sale comes with registration and bill of sale. It's not a daily driver, I want to make that Super Clear. The radio works, it makes amazing noises but it has a resonating vibration around 40-60 MPH after a few launches. My suspicion thinks it's the transmission cross-member needs new eyes.

It has potential, but it just doesn't make sense for me to keep anymore. I had an insane amount of fun with this vehicle, and I'm glad I got to enjoy it with friends and family. I'd rather let someone either finish it, part it out, blow it up, trade it, whatever. Bring it somewhere and tell them it's a rare prototype. It has a lot of money in parts if you drift an e30, and a somewhat OK shell if you want to LS swap a pickup BMW.

I'll trade you for a super boring yet reasonable daily driver if you have one, or anything around the same range.


If you don't have anything to trade, the seller is asking $3500.00. That seems pretty reasonable given the amount of work that must have went into this thing.

Located in Cromwell, CT, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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