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Old 05-18-2004, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys, i just purchased a 1996 328i se 4 door (72k miles). However i am SLIGHTLY disspointed with the acceleration of my new motor? its not due a service yet, but am i just paronoid and the acceleration is a bit on the slow side? or is it expected due to it being a much heavy car?

is there anything i can do? (probably not as its the car and i have driven before lighter/faster cars before)


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Did you try the 0-60 run? What is the time you drove? I need more info about why you think the car is slow!
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cheers i wil conduct a test but me not the gretest of drivers (only passed 1 year ago :P ) anyway what is th 0-60 in a 4door 328i se?

on another note...what things can be done to speed up my BMW acceleration/perfomance wise? maybe spark plugs? any particular anyone advises (i am in the UK)

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If you have the money this car can be made much quicker than it is now. What type of budget do you have?

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Bad Jllphan, bad

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Old 05-19-2004, 04:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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well budget well i guess <800 but i dnt want to go overboard.

Things i was thinking... k&n filter, new spark plugs (anyone know good ones for my car model ??) exhaust and maybe some engine mod.

what u guys think?
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Bosch has some good sparkplugs, also Splitfires would fork very nicely.
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K&N is a good aftermarket filter. If you want more power, think about a chip or another exhaust system (with sport header)........ This all will cost you a couple of hundred euros, but it will give you a much faster car!
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DO NOT BUY SPARK PLUGS OTHER THAN STANDARD OEM. I dont care what anyone else says regarding the subject matter. I have recently spent $200.00 figuring this out. BMW ingnition systems are very unique and you can not mess with this. For more info on the subject, read my recent review (in the REVIEW section) on Bosch Platinum +4 plugs.

Good ideas for upgrades would be....

drop in filter or CAI
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i drive a 96 328i sport package.. and my acceleration is wonderful.. all stock.. so i dunno whats up with urs
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When I first got my car I thought it was a bit "slow" BUT then I put a stop watch to it 0-60 in 7.9 with a crappy launch. So I realized that the car was just deceptively fast. The acceleration is so smooth and just pulls you up there.

Put a clock to it, you'll be suprised.

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