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Old 11-12-2004, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, here goes my two simple questions:

1.) My friend has a WRX V4 200+ HP. I have a 328i V6 180+ HP. What, if any, are the advantages to having the V6?

2.) How long should good tires last? I know it's different for every tire, but let's just say "on average".
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you have a 328i inline 6 not V. And the 4 cylinder wrx is turboed thus giving it 200hp.
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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E36's rear camber is default to a few negative degrees, and you can't make it 0 with the stock control arms, so the rear tires tend to wear out faster than the others, at least for me... but then again, I like to drift around
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what about in terms of months?
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For me? 3-5 for my fronts, 2-4 for my rears.
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Damn you go through tires fast! I have had my tires for 5 months, since I bought the car and they were purchased a couple of months before that. I thought that the average car tire was good for at least 10,000 miles. However if you are drifting it is going to wear the rears out quickly. If you drive like a madman, and really push the tires in the corners you will get a little longer out of them. Because when you do, you use the very inside, the very outside, and the middle, instead of just using one side and the middle, by driving normally. At least that was what I was told.

With the I6 you don't have to worry about the turbo lag that comes from a V4 turbo. Not to mention that a turbo usually starts to give mad horsepower while under full boost which is usually at a much higher RPM, superchargers kick in at a lower rpm, and N/A gives a much more normal power band.
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Awesome, I have a v6. I never knew that.
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LOL.

I got my tires in July, and ive already rotated them twice.
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Damn you go through tires fast!
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If you drive normally... like an old lady, I will be very mad.. no really, if your tires are proporly inflated and your alignment is correct for a street car, your treadlife can last years depending on how tough the rubber compound is and how easy you are on the tires. If your camber is anything but 0 degrees, your going to wear on either side of the tread a little more than the other because it's pressed down onto the road much harder and will simply wear out more when your traveling stright. Same for tire inflation. If it's inflated improporly, it will wear on the middle of the tire or the outside of the tire. You can't remove the negative camber of the rear wheels with stock control arms on the E36 to correct the wear pattern, that's how the car was designed. It's the ultimate DRIVING (IE: turning and stuff) machine, not go stright on the highway really fast like the american muscle cars. But if you want to, you can get some aftermarket control arms or some adjustable control arms and set it to whatever you want with a turn of some plyers.
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Now I remember why I was starting to dislike this forum. Oh my god! I said V6 by mistake, let's get all sarcastic about it and try to make the person feel like crap. I think some of you guys are better at that then you are with cars.

Anyway, thanks to the guys who actually supplied me with information, I appreciate it everytime.
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Originally posted by iantosca@Nov 13 2004, 03:30 PM
Now I remember why I was starting to dislike this forum. Oh my god! I said V6 by mistake, let's get all sarcastic about it and try to make the person feel like crap. I think some of you guys are better at that then you are with cars.

Anyway, thanks to the guys who actually supplied me with information, I appreciate it everytime.
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Agreed, give the guy a break and keep your comments to yourself. Thought this was Help/Tech Category?
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Originally posted by iantosca@Nov 12 2004, 06:57 PM
Alright, here goes my two simple questions:

1.) My friend has a WRX V4 200+ HP. I have a 328i V6 180+ HP. What, if any, are the advantages to having the V6?

2.) How long should good tires last? I know it's different for every tire, but let's just say "on average".
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This particular I6 is not made with maxium power in mind. Where as the Boxer 4 in the WRX is made with lots of power in mind. The advantage in your particular case does not come with the engine. Instead you get the advantage when it is dry out. You can accelerate better in dry conditions (better not faster, better being using more of your power) because the WRX splits the power in perfect conditions it makes a 30/70 Torque split and because of this split even though it has more power than you, it loses more power due to it's powertrain (it's turning 4 wheels not 2). Also you have RWD. So if you apply the words of wisdom of many drivers .It's easest to drive FWD Fast. It's easy to drive AWD the fastest. It's harder, but you can go faster with RWD. So the only time his setup really outshines yours is with there is a lowtraction situation. For instance in rain. Hope this helps.
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Awesome, exactly what I was looking for. Thank You.
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