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#1 (permalink) Old 05-23-2004, 06:24 PM
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Ok the car is a 325i sedan 94 bmw, and here's the questions...

1. I was looking for a car to fix up for racing and was wondering if this car would be able to hang with some of the other cars out there, and by how much?

2. would the front bumper of a 2DR 325i 94 fit on a 4dr version? (some cars will let body kits do that but some don't, so was wondering with this is a yes or no case.)

3. Is there any good sites for this car (extr/intr/prof)? i know andy's autosport site has some but that's all i could find.

4. and how would this car far against an 91 camaro. The Camaro is a 6v, not v8 model and both cars are stock. ( i want to be sure i can beat my friends car, lol. )

Thanks for the help guys!
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I can tell you this. The Camaro will probbaly beat you in a shoirt drag race. BMW's do not have that goood of 0-60's. But once you get to higher speeds in a longer distance you should be able to in ALSO if its a turny track or road youy should have it. BMWs OWN TURNS.

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One thing's for sure about all BMW's is that they were made to handle instead of sheer stright line acceleration. (although they can be made do this) The 325 will move, but you may be a little disappointed in the stright line power vs. price ratio. BMW's are just a different animal.
I use to love acceleration and fast cars untill I got my 323is. Now I dont even CARE about racing anymore, I just drive it around the curvey roads. It's so much more fun than plain old one axis linear movement.

I dunno about the beating the camero, you might be able to compete, maybe not if it's an automatic transmission though.

As for the body parts, I believe they are fairly interchangeable as many of the parts for each individual series of cars are the same, but I honestly couldn't tell you for sure.

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Don't get it for drag racing. The car is not designed for it and you won't like it. As for parts, bmpd and bavauto carry good body parts.

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Just get a V8 Camaro and you'll be able to beat your friend.

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If it's a z28 Camaro, he will win by a little about a second or so. If not, you may win. Either way, it'd be pretty close. The only thing BMW's are excellent in is cornering and braking. They're not terrible in acceleration, but they're disappointing in top speed. BMW's aren't designed for drag racing? Drag racing is a test of acceleration. Acceleration is a pretty important factor in cornering and leaving the apex. Therefore, with that reasoning, BMW's aren't designed to accelerate out of the apex. BMW's are really more for pleasure than performance. There are cars that would dominate over Bimmers no matter what, check this out:

2004 Corvette will do 170 or more, can accelerate better than a BMW, can brake better than a BMW, is faster than a BMW, and can corner better than a BMW, but is only around $50,000

2004 645i only does 155, accelerates slower, brakes worse, drives slower, doesn't corner as well, and is twice as much @ around $100,000.

Quite a difference I'd say. Why buy the 645i?
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is a 325i and i'm not a usa muscle guy. I'm an import lover. I was thinking of getting a 97 integra type r but the 4cyc scares me alittle...
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Ok, Here's the straight skinny:

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Originally posted by OneForty1+--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (OneForty1)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
1. I was looking for a car to fix up for racing and was wondering if this car would be able to hang with some of the other cars out there, and by how much?
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This depends on how much work you put into your car. Remember, horsepower costs money, so it comes down to what you can afford, and what you do to the car. My friend down the street put a '95 M3 engine (US Spec) into his '87 325, with aftermarket exhaust, and it ran mid-13's on street tires, and that's with a 3 second 60-foot time.. He estimates mid-12's are possible if he had some slicks so he could hook up.

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Originally posted by OneForty1+--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (OneForty1)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
2. would the front bumper of a 2DR 325i 94 fit on a 4dr version? (some cars will let body kits do that but some don't, so was wondering with this is a yes or no case.)
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Actually, I don't know the answer to this one, sorry.

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3. Is there any good sites for this car (extr/intr/prof)? i know andy's autosport site has some but that's all i could find.
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www.activeautowerke.com
www.evosport.com
www.bmpd.com
www.bimmerworld.com
www.uucmotorwerks.com
www.importpartsspec.com

Those should get you started


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4. and how would this car far against an 91 camaro. The Camaro is a 6v, not v8 model and both cars are stock. ( i want to be sure i can beat my friends car, lol.* * )
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Assuming that both of you are decent drivers, and that there are no serious defects on either car, this should be a no-brainer: The BMW will beat the Camaro.

1994 BMW 325i
Engine: 2.5 Litre DOHC V6 w/ Variable Valve Timing
Horsepower: 189
Torque: 181
0 - 60 Time: 7.4 Seconds
1/4 Mile Time: ~ 15.5

1991 Camaro
Engine: 3.1 Litre SOHC V6
Horsepower: 140
Torque: 180
0 - 60 Time: 9.0 Seconds
1/4 Mile Time: ~ 16.6

Hope all this helps you out!
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Originally posted by dutchbmw+May 24 2004, 11:08 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (dutchbmw @ May 24 2004, 11:08 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Dahboo@May 24 2004, 04:38 PM
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Engine: 2.5 Litre DOHC V6 w/ Variable Valve Timing
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Good call, typo on that one Inline-6 is correct.

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Now how about this:

Camaro Z28 has a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds. That would beat the Bimmer. No one specified what kind of Camaro.
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Now how about this: FUCK CAMAROS!

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Quote:
Originally posted by heifetz17+May 24 2004, 02:24 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (heifetz17 @ May 24 2004, 02:24 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Now how about this:

Camaro Z28 has a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds. That would beat the Bimmer. No one specified what kind of Camaro.[/b]

If you read the initial post you will clearly notice:

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4. and how would this car far against an 91 camaro. The Camaro is a 6v, not v8 model and both cars are stock. ( i want to be sure i can beat my friends car, lol. )
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A '91 Camaro with a V6 could only be a Camaro RS, and thus, the performance statistics I originally listed apply.
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Also, let's not get into a BMW vs. Camaro war, it's comparing Apples to Oranges..
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