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#1 (permalink) Old 09-18-2004, 09:52 PM
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I drive a 92 Honda Accord right now...auto. Its definately not the fastest thing in the world.

I saw a 1992 318i in the paper for $2500. Its a 5spd, black with black leather.

I've done some searches but can't really find much, I want to know how fast these really are. The "0-60" lists sites say 9.7 and 17.4 for the quarter and that seems really slow, does that sound about right for a 5 spd, or an automatic.

I really did not want to get a 4cyl engine, but I would if they are pretty zippy. I've driven my dad's Ford Escape a lot, and while its an suv, the 0-60 is about 8.9 and it is plenty zippy for me.

Drove a SC 300 today also and it seemed pretty slow compared to the escape, I think something could have been wrong with the engine or the 20" rims it had on it were slowing it down a lot, not sure which but those should be faster.

Anyways is there anything I should look for specifically in this car? I'm going to look at it tomorrow and if it seems alright I'll probably get it on the spot, I konw deals like this don't last long.

Thanks for any advice.

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I drive a '95 318i 5spd, which ATM is completely stock. It certaintly isn't the fastest, but it isn't really slow either. Those times seem on the slow side to me, they might be for the automatic but I'm not sure. Drive it and see how you like it
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I'll see if I can get one of my friends to go with me, I haven't ever driven a clutch before. My dad's driven one once...like 25 years ago. Hopefully one of my friends would be able to tell me if the clutch feels good because I really would have no idea.

But for $2500 thats a good deal, I suppose I could take some of the extra $$ I saved and buy some performance parts.

Anybody know the stock 0-60 times for a 5spd?
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I'll see if I can get one of my friends to go with me, I haven't ever driven a clutch before. My dad's driven one once...like 25 years ago. Hopefully one of my friends would be able to tell me if the clutch feels good because I really would have no idea.

But for $2500 thats a good deal, I suppose I could take some of the extra $$ I saved and buy some performance parts.

Anybody know the stock 0-60 times for a 5spd?
well if it's ur first time driving stick.....the 0-60 time is gonna depend on how good you are so i won't worry about stats so much. A good driver in a 318 can dust an idiot in an m3 who can't drive at all.

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I just don't want a car that will be lacking when I do learn how to drive it well. I'm hoping that it being a 5 spd will help it, but I know my 4cyl accord is absolutely HORRIBLE in 0-60 let alone anything...I got to drop it to 2nd all the time to accelerate on the interstate (i just floor it!). I mean is it reasonable to thing I could be getting 8.5-9.0 once I learn how to drive it?
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My 318is is plenty zippy. I also have a 5-speed and never find my self having to drop it down into second in order to get anywhere. We're talking about a bimmer anyways, so even the most basic models are still performance sedans/coupes.

And don't focus so much on 0-60 second times, they really aren't too indicative of how a car really performs. Quarter mile times are better, but you really just have to drive the car to know how it feels (or in your case atleast ride in it).

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Alright sounds good. The quarter mile still showed 17.4 on that site...which is as fast as my accord is, hopefully its a couple seconds lower with a manual . I'll go look at it tomorrow and let you know how it goes.
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