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Old 08-24-2004, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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allo! new to the forums, but i'm going to purchase an e36 rather soon. i'm looking at the 325is with the better suspension, but i'm planning on modifying it quite a bit anyway, springs, struts, sway bars, strut braces, etc.

i was wondering if i should even bother with a 325is and just go with a 325i, as i'll be pretty much redoing the entire suspension. that i know of, the only difference between the two models is the suspension.
the year i'm looking at are the 94's, seem to have better engine specs than the 93's and i'm looking to modify the car quite a bit. any and all help is appreciated! thanks!

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Old 08-24-2004, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the 325is looks better. 2 door coupe. the 4 doors are ok, but i like the 2 doors alot more. couldn't be happier with mine.

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Old 08-24-2004, 09:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 4 doors are awfully convienent - though the coupes are a bit sleaker. Hard to say... though I'd get a 2-door if I knew I wouldn't need the back doors (I got a 4-door model because I knew I would need them.)
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go with the IS two doors look better , 4 door reminds me of a family car. If you cant find an IS then do the I . I just got lucky and found an IS that is why i am plugging it
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pfft, 2 doors pwn!
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Old 08-24-2004, 10:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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4 door pwn. Family sedan = sleeper status.
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I am a fan of the 2-doors also. But the 4-door one would technically handle better after you re-did your suspension since they weigh less than the 2-door for some reason.
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Old 08-24-2004, 11:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Cannibal@Aug 24 2004, 07:22 PM
i was wondering if i should even bother with a 325is and just go with a 325i, as i'll be pretty much redoing the entire suspension. that i know of, the only difference between the two models is the suspension.
the suspension is slighty different, because, IS= 2 door... and I= 4 door...
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ah, groovy, 325is it is
i'm partial to the 2 door version myself.
i already have a sleeper i'm working on anyway, v8 conversion on an 86 volvo station wagon.

thanks for all your help.
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i already have a sleeper i'm working on anyway, v8 conversion on an 86 volvo station wagon.
Why would you do such a conversion? That's gotta be the wierdest thing I've ever heard. Sorry but I just gotta know why...
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325is all the way!

Im not going to keep mine stock anyways so i dont care if the 4 doors can handle a little better (so they say) and/or weigh slightly less.

The 4 doors look like they ride too high and the body also looks skinnier and higher up.
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I'm going to have to go with the 325iS also.
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I like the 4 door..but whatever floats your boat...BTW the weights are the same according to my BMW manual..
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I prefer the 4 door, seeing as thats what i have. But i have always had a penchant for 4 door luxury sedans.
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