I would say reliability as well, most that I speak to seem to think that the 325 has a better reliablility history. Consumer reports thinks this as well. Mostly the larger engine adds virtually no HP, but it does add a bit more torque.
the 328 is a M52 and is a stronger engine with obd-2 diagnostics, the e36 325 is a M50 with obd-1 (which is a reason for the close to equal hp). the e36 323 has a 2.5L M52 engine that replaced the 325's M50, and again is obd-2, but even though it lacks almost 20hp it accelerates about a second quicker than the 325 in 0-60 and in 1/4mile. when bmw introduced the M52 (in 323's and 328's) they estimated a life expectancy of 300-400k miles which should be enough for most people
323i e36 accelerates faster than 325i e36? :/ My 325i is doing 0-100 kmph in 7.5 seconds with driver only and in about 8.0 seconds with driver and passenger.You mean 323i will do 0-100kmph in 6.5 seconds? I don't believe this
Originally posted by enemigo@Sep 3 2003, 04:48 AM 323i e36 accelerates faster than 325i e36? :/ My 325i is doing 0-100 kmph in 7.5 seconds with driver only and in about 8.0 seconds with driver and passenger.You mean 323i will do 0-100kmph in 6.5 seconds? I don't believe this
car and driver magazine got a e36 323is to do 0-60 in 6.6, but realisticly its probably around 7.0 (i was thinking the 325 was around 7.5-7.8). the 323 is still a 2.5L, using a slightly evolved 325 engine. again, a main reason for the hp difference is that one car is obd-1 and the other is obd-2, if you reprogrammed a 323 to obd-1 it would possibly show higher hp numbers than a 325.
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