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Old 03-16-2005, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to this forum and I don't own a BMW. However I am really interested in buying a 96 or 97 328is. I have some questions about the car. First does anybody know the stock torque rating. Also if there is anybody that has a stock one that could tell me their personal 0 to 60 time that would be great.

Also what is a good price to pay for a 96 with 60,000 miles on it with all the trimmings.

Right now I have a 2000 jetta 1.8t and just oppinion but is it worth it to go with the BMW. (I am frustrated with VW).

What years were the E36 put in the 328is, and what yr. was the E46 put in the 328is. and what is the differences between the engines.

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Old 03-16-2005, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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alirght... torque it 207 ft/lbs at...either 3500 rpm or 4000. 0-60 is about 6.2. if you can find a 96 w/ only 60k miles on it...grab it quick!!! retail they are pretty spendy still, at a dealership i would expect 17-18grand. private around 14grand. check kelly bluebook. www.kbb.com. the 328is first started in 96, it has the OBDII computer, and ends in 98, w/ an acception of a few 99s. there is no e46 328is, just the 328i. what you could say replaced the 328is was the 330ci. hopefully that helped!!!
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welcome to the forums...

first off, BMW's are VW's are VERY DIFFERENT! even though they are both german engineered cars... IN EVERYWAY, FROM PRICE, To Engine's to mods!

much more money will be put into a bmw then a vw, unless it was kept perfectly!

u should check out kbb.com for a price for the car...


but when it comes down to the line, BMW's will ALLWAYS BE A BETTER ALL AROUND CAR!..., just hope you got some money to fix her up!
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Old 03-16-2005, 07:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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VW's these days look nice but truly are SHIT. they are engineered to come off an assembly line and not to come apart. Maintanence on them is very hard to do and some of there engineering is almost ass backwards. Ive heard that on the new golf's you have to drop the tranny and pull the motor just to do a timing belt, thats straight up ridiculous.

go with the bimmer, it wont dissapoint you.
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Refer all your 328is questions to yours truely =)
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Old 03-16-2005, 09:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah bro, definatley go bimmer. You will not be dissapointed. I've had my car for about 2.5 months and I am still having fun with it like I just got it. All I have threw in so far (performance wise) is a cold air intake and it is pretty quick still. Very decent stock even. Given, it is expensive to modify our cars but... it is worth it. Your driving a VW jetta, in socal that is a chic car. Get the BMW, Do it
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Old 03-16-2005, 11:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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there was an e46 328ci that had the 2.8l but i think that motor has double vanos. it replaced the 328is not the 330ci.
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ive never seen a 328ci...plus companies are always going bigger (hp wise) so the 330ci had to replace it.
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I just recently bought a 1996 328is with 34,000 miles for $16,000. I have no regrets in purchasing this vehicle.

I get compliments wherever I go, especially from the ladies. You can never go wrong with the "Ultimate Driving Machine" I say kick the VW to the curb and get yourself a BMW. You say it's only got 60,000 miles, swoop it up.

Suggestion: If you are purchasing it from a stealership, have them do the 60k mile tune-up. It will save you a bundel.
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nice find aheath!!! i second what u say. you got that for a really good price too!
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Originally posted by Jake C.@Mar 16 2005, 06:16 PM
I am new to this forum and I don't own a BMW. However I am really interested in buying a 96 or 97 328is. I have some questions about the car. First does anybody know the stock torque rating. Also if there is anybody that has a stock one that could tell me their personal 0 to 60 time that would be great.

Also what is a good price to pay for a 96 with 60,000 miles on it with all the trimmings.

Right now I have a 2000 jetta 1.8t and just oppinion but is it worth it to go with the BMW. (I am frustrated with VW).

What years were the E36 put in the 328is, and what yr. was the E46 put in the 328is. and what is the differences between the engines.

Thanks Jake
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Just to clarify, E36 and E46 are chassis designations, not engines. I'm not sure, but I think the engines are referred to as M50 and M52 for the engines used in E36 models. The M50 engine is supposed to be more moddable and was used in E36's from '92-'95. This engine was then replaced by the M52, used in years '96-'99 I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Ok, here is a 328 question.. My car got stuck in the snow the other day and i had people helping me pull it out, i think someone pushed on the bumper because, by the 2 wheel wells, it is seperate about 1''. The rest of the bumper is fine.

I went to the dealer and asked em how to fix it , and they showed me the brackets on the computer where it may have slid off from.. and being the pricks they are told me it is going to take a couple hours to take the bumper off and check..

Is it really that hard to do, and is there any diy's on it? thanks..
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Old 03-17-2005, 03:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I only have two more questions. First how well do they do in the snow. I live in Indiana so there are few times that is a real concern. I also reallize the car is rear wheele drive. Secondly one of you mentioned keeping some money to fix it up. What kind of things will I need to fix on it.

And just for the record you guys are extremely helpful. A lot better than some of the other forums I have talked on
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Old 03-17-2005, 04:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Also I love the rims you have on your car. BaLAnce17. What style number are those.
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