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Old 09-28-2004, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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
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Well, go ahead and buy a auto...if you have a vagina. lol.
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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lol.. deloriant... no, auto isn't BAD at all... go for it...
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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depends what you want out of it it's gonna be a great car either way
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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that's cheap enough where you could do a swap to an manual if you wanted.. I'd snag that bitch up if I were you
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 09-29-2004, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't worry about the auto. Either way you'll like the car. SOunds like a decent deal too. Have fun! :P

By the way you will have more female company (and therefore anatomy) than you did before. But thats a good thing! RIght women out there? They'll want to drive your car!
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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.
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I have a 97 328iS with the auto. Sometimes I wish I had a manual, but all and all I have no complaints at all.
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Old 09-29-2004, 12:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For 5,500? damn snag that f'er up..I need the manual, but for that price dive it until you find a decent manual-sell that for 2-3 grand profit and there you have it. An investment well worth it
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I paid $10K in may for my 97 328is auto. $5500 is a great deal if it's in good condition, especially with 75K miles. Mine had 100K.
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Old 09-29-2004, 01:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yeah with the power of the 328 the auto wont bas bad... sure the manual would be way tighter but for the price im going to have to say BUY it

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Buy it then sell it for 10,000 and buy yourself a manual.
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Old 09-29-2004, 06:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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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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