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Old 09-01-2003, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the difference between the E36 325is and the 328is? (horsepower/torque, 1/4 mile, options, etc)
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Old 09-02-2003, 02:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i think this is right:
325 is a 2.5 L engine
328 is a 2.8 L engine

see stats at: www.car-stats.com

the 328 went on to be the 330. clearly, the 325 is still the same. otherwise, just a few hp difference. i have a 328 is. '98. pretty sweet little ride.

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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.
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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
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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
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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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yeah, but if 323i is not reprogramed it is slower than 325i, right? 20hp makes big difference..
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If you could choose either a 328is, a 325is, or a 323is, which would you want? (all of them are E36)
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If you could choose either a 328is, a 325is, or a 323is, which would you want? (all of them are E36)
of course 328i
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hmmm 328is of course
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20 hp does make a difference, but it depends on what range that is at...you may only see that 20 at a range of 7000 rpm.

328 is a sweet little ride. check out www.car-stats.com
they rate it as a 6.5 0-60.
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id keep my 325i...non vanos is so much more fun
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that picture in your signature is it your car? it looks like the car they used in 2fast 2furious
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