After a year and a half of driving a 91 Accord 5spd (hand me down from my brother), my parents decide to get me a "real" car. Now, I really wanted a 328is 5spd, but one of my father's co-workers offered to sell an automatic one for real cheap. Its a 97, about 75k miles, and he's going to sell it for $5500, if he sells to my father. I would love a manual, since im used to it now from the Accord, but the next cheapest one that I can find around my area are all in the 9000's, 8,000's if it needs "some work". Now I have seen this car, even gotten it inspected and it was proved to be in pretty damn good condition. Is the manual really worth the extra money and trouble of finding another 328 in such good condition? Or should I just take the auto? Is the performance differance really significant? I know that the manual can do 0-60 in the mid 6's, what about the auto? If it really isnt so bad, I'll be a proud owner this weekend
if you wanna crusie around then the auto is pretty good! even if you wanna blow some boy racers! but it is no maunal, if you want to get all the performance out of your beast then go for the manual, I have a 97 328is auto and I can keep up with my mates EVO 4 no worries at all however he keeps on thrashing me on take off, there is no way to launch with a auto, if I had a manual I could beat him but differant horses for differant cause'e right! I would personally like to trade mine for a 6spd M3 next year so I would go for the good deal auto and if youu hate it that much through a manual in it, its not gonna make you that much more happyier though.
Thanks for the replies, guys. I guess I'll snatch it up and switch to to a manual when I have some time to do the work myself . Anyone know the performance numbers on the auto version? And, would it take alot to make the slushbox keep up with the stock manual?
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