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Old 03-02-2005, 04:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm working a ton of hours so I can get a bmw before I go to school. I was thinking about getting a 1996 or 1997 328i. I have some quick questions so hopfully you guys can help me out :D Is this a good model? Whats the difference between the 328i and 328is ? I think thats right.... Is the car reliable? I don't want it to suck up every check I make after I buy it. Also are the repair costs of bmw really as expensive as the stereotype says? Is there any difference in getting a 2 door or 4 door...besides the obvious excessibility. And last question...hows the acceleration. I heard they are about as fast as a turbo eclipse but not sure.

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328i= 4door 328is=2door

price wise , its above moderate. your not going to break the bank like the stereotype goes, but they arent honda civics.

i dunno about the comparison to the eclipse, but the 328 pretty quick.
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i know my name says 323ic and thats because that was the car i was supposed to get but it didnt work out. back to the response i just got a 96 328i 5 speed and i would have to say that yes it is pretty quick. beat a mustang gt (4.6) but not by much. definetly get a 328 i or is i love mine and gurantee u will love yours 2.
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The "s" usually means the car has been lowered a bit and better suspension for cornering has been included; sometimes sports seats will be installed.

To save some money, your city or town might have some one - service station - that specializes in BMW's only. I have three Bimmers, a 1994 318i, 1997 528i, and a 2002 330xi. I take my son's 318i into a service station in town that only services BMW's. It feels like your taking it to a BMW service department, but you save money in repairs because it isn't a BMW service department.

Some items cost more for repairs for a Bimmer, but not bizarrely more. So far, the only bizzare repair I paid for was actually cheaper, but it made me angry. I took my car in to get a slow leaked fixed in my front tire on my 330xi. The car was in for an hour and a half and the repair bill was $63 which I considered crazy. If I had of taken the car into "Joe's garage," it would have been repaired in 15 minutes and cost about $20.

I'm sure you have it in your area, but here in Vancouver BC the dealerships distribute pamphlets saying how much some of the service charges are to illustrate they aren't that bad, and these charges are "fixed" so the service department can't jack them up.

Be aware that a Bimmer is a more complex car than the average car so there is more to go wrong with it, especially if it has all the whistles and bells. But you know what, I predict you will love owning your new Bimmer.
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