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Old 01-22-2005, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey!

im thinking of gettin either an 320i or 318i and i would like to know how they compare! speed wise and handling, whats the difference and which one do u recommend i get?


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Old 01-22-2005, 05:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hey!

im thinking of gettin either an 320i or 318i and i would like to know how they compare! speed wise and handling, whats the difference and which one do u recommend i get?


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Get the 320i. I had the same choice to make and I can honestly tell you I do like the Inline 6cyl over the 4cyl 318i anyday.
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the 320 doesnt have anything over the 318i it produces slightly more power for heavier weight, so in fact they are fairly equal in power wise. The 318i will handle better since it is lighter, i say go the 318i
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yeah i thought as much as its the same with e30's haha but shouldnt the 6cyl engine be able to do an overall higher milage as it has 6cylinders instead of 4 and each of them will do about 30% - 50% less work over the years!?!?
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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definatly get the 320i, i obviously have one but a close friend has a 318ti compact and i can easily pull off faster and accelerate faster, just look at the rated 0-60 times, plus the inline 6 sounds great. that guy is wrong bout the 318, the extra bhp and torque make the difference not the slight difference in weight.

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i have a 318


and i say go for the 320

the engine will be less course..
the engine will be stronger
bmw always sort out the balance of the car,so that would at least be equal

and i love my 318 ci

and the engine would probably be revved less,,
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I would get the 318 especially if you are state side. As far as I know there is no difference in performance expect for with handling, the 320i only makes 10 more hp than the 318 but weighs more. I have heard from several people including mechanics that the 318i is a better car.
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I say go for an 318is! It has 10 bhp less but handles better because the engine is lighter. Plus, its more revvy. I use to drive by brothers 320i and I can tell you that it is excellent drive on the motorway but the real power kicks in after 4000rpm. My suggestion is either a 318is or a 325i if you can afford it
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yea, why not go with something bigger like 325 or 328??
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beause something bigger cost more and the fuel cost for a 2.5L or 2.8L car will b more than i can afford at the moment, so i think i'll go with the 320 as i belive it will b faster than the 318 and last longer!!!
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I don't know about being faster, mainly because of the added weight like many have said above. However, the six-cylinder configuration should be more durable. I say go for the 320. Eitehr way, enjoy your BMW man!
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Did you know there is a difference between 318i and 318is coupe?
318i - 115hp
318is - 140hp
320i - 150hp

i know for a sure that the 318is accelerates off the lights faster than a 320i because i've beaten alot of 320i bimmers including my brothers one.
First gear i leave him behind , however, he catches up in 2nd and whoops my ass in 3rd all the way
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i wondered the same thing. General consencious here at work is go for the 318, it feels nippy and goes well. where the 320 has to be driven hard to get anything out of it and is a gas guzzler for a 2.0.
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GO THE 318i the 320 performance is minimal for the extra weight, 318i performes just as well, but handles better
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There's no big differences between accelerate times (318is and 320) but I would go for the 320 because of the better sound though.
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