From what I've read on the forum, 320 (a 6-cyl) engine is heavier, while adding only .2 L to the displacement. It may be actually slower than '96+ 318i. I wouldn't bother spending time going thru that selling/buying hassle for a 320.
320's are slower than 318's. However, I guess some people like the smoother inline 6. So that would be the only reason to get the 320 as the 318 motor is somewhat rough and noisey.
Personally, I would only swap my current car to a 328 or M3. I'm happy with the amount of power I have now. People always say 318's are slow, blah blah blah. Well they are right. But if you modify them they aren't really slow at all. IMO stock BMW's are soft and boring anyways, reguardless of what motor they have. I have more fun in my 318 than a stock M3 (yes that's right! I had a eurospec M3 for an entire month and I still prefered my car, it was more fun). If you're looking for stock cars, the 318 will suck very badly. I'd get a 318ti or a 325 if you don't plan on modifications.
BTW, civics are unimaginably slow in their stock form. But the reason there are so many quick ones out there is because people modify them. If people did the same to the BMW 4 cyl, it would be a good car.
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BMW 318i over Civic any day! The major problem I am having with the 4cyl is finding performance parts. Not that I want to go out and join a race team, but I would like to be certain that the Civic is following me not vice versa.
Originally posted by thekid+Mar 8 2005, 03:25 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(thekid @ Mar 8 2005, 03:25 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Live_the_Curves@Mar 8 2005, 01:15 PM It is not worth buying a 3 series under the 325i
used You mean in his case or in any case... Don't you drive a 318i?
Yep I own a 318i and it was mistake I made 4 years ago. In any case stay away from 320i or 318i or 323i unless to plan to put a M3 or M5 engine in it.
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