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#1 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 12:23 AM
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well here it goes.. im fairly new to bimmers and right now i acually dont have my own car yet. i have about $7000 saved up for one. My friend has a 96 328i and i love it. i was planning on geting a e36 325i and planning on spending about 6ooo-7ooo$. i was basically wondering are they pretty much the same car in perfomance? im planning to mod it alittle bit CAi, exahust, pretty much all the basics.my friends 328 automatic is stock. Im wondering with my 325 in 5 spd will i be able to take him, even tho mine would have prob about 150k miles on it and his having only 57k. Keep in mind my dad isnt let me spending more then about 7ooo on the car but so i cant get a lower milelage one. Ne comments or help would be helpful
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the 328 has around 30ftlbs of tq on the 325 and is nearly a second faster. With a 5speed and some mods, you may be able to take him, but mostly due to his auto.

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he acually ran his and he got a 15.8 which seems to me kinda slow bc my brother has a 98 teg gs-r and his is slighly modified and he ran a 14.8 . But my friend and i have also hit 112 on this backroad which seems to fast. So what do u think a stock 325i 5 spd would run in the 1/4 with 150k miles. i was hopin high to mid 15s. And eventually with the lister mods low 15s.

im basically wondering is my car gonna be simlilar?
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your 325 would be very similar to his 328. as stated, the 328 has much more low end torque, giving its off the line acceleration the edge. but since his car is auto, you can expect a manual 325 to keep up if not break even or beat his automatic 328


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Here yah go:

Keep in mind the 325 has to shift 2 times and the 328 only has to shift once.... I think

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Drag times? Interesting.... (I think you should be spending your cash on an RX7 or supra.)

Real world driving, the 328 is quite noticeably quicker due to the extra torque available.

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I have a 1995 325is with the M50TU and it seems quick...but the M52 is alot zippier than the M50

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I had a '96 328i... it was great because in-town driving was easier due to the torque, it gets off very nicely, better than the 325i, try your best to get the 328, the 325's are starting to get old quickly in my opinion heheh :P
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Originally posted by customx4306@Jul 7 2004, 12:03 AM
well here it goes.. im fairly new to bimmers and right now i acually dont have my own car yet. i have about $7000 saved up for one. My friend has a 96 328i and i love it. i was planning on geting a e36 325i and planning on spending about 6ooo-7ooo$. i was basically wondering are they pretty much the same car in perfomance? im planning to mod it alittle bit CAi, exahust, pretty much all the basics.my friends 328 automatic is stock. Im wondering with my 325 in 5 spd will i be able to take him, even tho mine would have prob about 150k miles on it and his having only 57k. Keep in mind my dad isnt let me spending more then about 7ooo on the car but so i cant get a lower milelage one. Ne comments or help would be helpful
I've been reading(lurking is more like it ) these boards for awhile now and want to say that is a great place, and I hope that I have an opportunity to give a little back..... but this isn't how I would imagine my first post here....

IMHO:

Your a young guy, and I think the last you need is to got out and spend your wad on a bimmer with 150k+ miles. The 325/328's are great cars... with the help of this forum, I just recently purchased a 96 328IS. Let me tell you, This was an enthusiests car, only serviced at BMW, alway serviced by the same mechanic, and meticuliously mantained.... even so, buying a used car also requires a little extra work (ie: $$$$) This car doesn't even have a ding on it, and by the time I was done going over and fixing all the 'little things' I had already thrown an extra $1500 under the hood.

If you run out and grab yourself a 150K Bimmer, that you plan on beating on on the back roads with your friends... Im telling you know that within 6 months you will either had pumped at least $2000 back into it just keeping it running, or you will be selling it for $5,000.

Trully, Bimmers are great cars.... but for $8K your money will be better much better spent grabbing yourself a newer, less mileage (ie: better shape), fun mobile, and hanging tight for a few years until you can trully afford a beautiful Bimmer. I feel your pain, I wanted a Bimmer when I was your age.... but Im trully happy that I saved my cash a few extra years, and bought the right one, instead of the one that fit my budget.

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Speed wise.. I never have raced an auto Bimmer (I don't know anyone with one, that's not a 540 or 7.. Or X5..) so I can't compare that. But one of my friends has a Jetta GLI (16v) that has 134hp (fly) and is auto, and I have a Jetta 8v/115hp, and I stomped the shit out of his auto. By a lot. I have raced my 325is (stock) against one of my friends 14.9-second Jettta 1.8t's, and I lost by 1 car length by the quartermile marker, so I can't say that my car is too slow, prob about 14.95 or 15 flat. I'll know next weekend His car has 220hp@fly, mine has 189hp@fly, and his weights a bit more.

If you get a 5speed 325, you should hold even with your friends auto, because its an auto. Also, you can do a proper launch on your car, and he can't I dump (DUMP, not slip.) from 4k to launch smoothly, works perfect.

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If you are buying a car just so you can have a fast car in the quarter mile, Buy a Domestic!!!! Cheap, easy to work on, and fast. (not a fan of domestics)
If you want a 325i just so you can be fast in the quarter mile, you are looking at the wrong car. Oh and BTW is your friends 328i man. or auto.? if he ran a 15.8 with a man. he needs some work.( I don't mean to sound like an ass)

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Originally posted by NeverLeaned+Jul 8 2004, 03:05 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (NeverLeaned @ Jul 8 2004, 03:05 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-customx4306@Jul 7 2004, 12:03 AM
Trully, Bimmers are great cars.... but for $8K your money will be better much better spent grabbing yourself a newer, less mileage (ie: better shape), fun mobile, and hanging tight for a few years until you can trully afford a beautiful Bimmer.[/b][/quote]
So your telling him to go buy something crappy like a Honda? Buy one, have somenone look at it first (find a mechanic like you would a car, shop around, and find one that you feel confortable with), and provided he doesn't laugh and say don't even think about it unless you have $3K to spend on it tommorow, snag it.


Or at worse buy an e30 3er. Rediculously reliable, and fun cars.

The 328is IMHO, is a very good car for the $$$, and if it is decent, buy one, you can thank me later...

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I bought a 328i Auto new in 1996 along with a 316 Ti Auto for my wife. We still have both cars. they have done about 50,000 each and still run, look and feel like new. It's generally considered here in the UK that 'Beemers' are good for 150,000 or 12 years before bad things start to happen.

Both cars have given no trouble at all except for wearing out disks before the pads thanks to the asbestos ban, one window motor and a rear lock.

The most important thing about a BMW is that it has a full BMW service history. Oil changes are critical to longevity. I have recollections of a cylinder liner mod back in '96.

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