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Old 08-30-2004, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey fellas, i got a question:

I want to know, in what year was the E36 325i discontinued, and when did the E36 323i come on the market? also, i believe they are both 2.5L engines straight sixes, but i have heard that the 325i had 141kw/191HP(euro spec) and when it was replaced by the 323i, the 323i came with only 125Kw/170HP(euro spec). because of touhger emissions, the US spec ones i believe had a slightly less power output quote.
I am from Australia by the way. so, are these figures true or not? and please correct me if i am rong.
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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325 ended in 95, 323 replaced the 318 in 98/99. The 323 is basically an OBDII restircted 325. It was named 323 for marketing purposes, as it is easier to sell a 323 and 328 than a 325 and a 328.
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So, what your saying is, that a 325i is a better buy and has more power than a 323, even though its an older model?
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Old 08-30-2004, 09:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you judge a car as being better by power, then yes, the 325 is better. The 323 has more modern features, such as digital climate control and one touch sunroof control, and the changes made during the facelift, but other than that, the 325 is better.

The 325 can be modded easier, has less technical parts to break (the digital climate control units are very finiky), and is faster. It does not have angled kidneys, body color skirts, or any of the aforementioned though.
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The difference is that neither of them is a 328 *snickers* :P
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Old 08-30-2004, 10:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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or a 318.... hahha, but yeah i would much rather have a 325 over a 323!

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ok, cool, so.. the 325i (e36) has the same power as the current 325i (e46)?
am i correct, if not..wat is the power output of the engine?
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Actually, the e36 325 is slightly faster than the e46 325.
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Old 08-31-2004, 01:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Actually, the e36 325 is slightly faster than the e46 325.
wow, u serious? what was the price of the vehicle wen new? was it pricier than the equivelent 325i now?

also...wen the 325i was on sale, was it the top of the line at the time, for a 3-series?, or was there a 328i in the line up as well?
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Originally posted by Ohrid+Aug 31 2004, 01:59 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ohrid @ Aug 31 2004, 01:59 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-El Presidente@Aug 31 2004, 01:45 AM
Actually, the e36 325 is slightly faster than the e46 325.
wow, u serious? what was the price of the vehicle wen new? was it pricier than the equivelent 325i now?

also...wen the 325i was on sale, was it the top of the line at the time, for a 3-series?, or was there a 328i in the line up as well? [/b][/quote]
The e36 328i replaced the e36 325i in 1996, so before 1996 the e36 325i was the top of the line. Excluding the M3 of course.
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yup yup, the 323's are faster than the e46 325's.

The E36 323i has 2.3 liters of displacement pumping about 168 HP with 181 ft. lbs. of torque and a curb weight of 3296 lbs.

The E46 325 has 2.5 liters, pumping 184 HP with 175 ft. lbs. of torque and a curb weight of 3560 lbs.

...... i would personally stick with the 325is.....
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Actually, the e36 325 is slightly faster than the e46 325.
isn't it the e46 being quite a bit heaver make most the difference??
and ya know what I love my 318 so :P on you guys plus did yours come with M styling stock, didn't think so... so :P again!

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My 323 is awesome.....




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Old 08-31-2004, 09:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The E36 323i has 2.3 liters of displacement
2.5L of displacement.
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Crap now you confused me. My 323 (which is awesome btw) has 2.5 liters? I thought it went like this:
323-2.3
325-2.5
328-2.8
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