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Old 01-26-2005, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, Im new to this forum, and I signed here cause I want somebody help me makin up my mind.

I will buy a new car and I was thinkin on a 97-98 318ti, Ive always liked bmw's so that is one of my options, my other option is a vw golf 2001, I know there is no comparition between both but ive always liked beammers and i love golfs, I know how golfs are because I have a golf but ive never tasted the bmw as a driver, so could someone help me on how this specific beammer is like?
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Old 01-26-2005, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first off a 318 is a pretty slow car if you get it in an auto... and even in a 5spd it's still slow and might be slower then a golf depending on which version of the golf you get. the ups of having a 318ti is it's small and light and with some simple mods can add a lot of extra HP. the bimmer will out handle that golf any day but most people now days only care about drag racing so handling doesn't mean shit anymore :P Obviously I'm going to recommend the bimmer anyday as I have one and love it even when it's FREAKING BROKE LIKE IT IS NOW YOU PIECE OF SHIT CAR! Sorry my turrets took over.

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Old 01-26-2005, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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first off... to the forums

there is definately no comparison between a golf anf a bmw...

i had a 03 vw gti 1.8t.. and crashed it.. it was cool to drive, but it was nothing compared to my bmw...

if u plan on modding.. just remember that mods for bmw's and parts prolly cost about 5x's more then mods for a golf...

anyways.. hope to see u in the bmw world!
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Old 01-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Golf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2005, 03:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I say you upgrade your target BMW and go for that. If you are set on it being a 318ti or a Golf, I would take the Golf. But if I were to buy a new car, I would look for a reasonably priced 6-cylinder E36.
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dude, fuck the golf! my bad..sorry about my profanity. but man, that bmw is way better of a good all around car than the VW.
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dude, fuck the golf! my bad..sorry about my profanity. but man, that bmw is way better of a good all around car than the VW.
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for starters which golf, from the price comparisio i dont think the golf you are looking at would be a gti just a normal 1.6-1.8 litre one. I would take the bimmer cos it is rwd, looks 10x better. "cept you need a sedan bmw" and the handling kills the vw anyday. If the golf you were looking at is a vr6 "not sure if still in production" or a gti, GTI for sure
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dude, fuck the golf! my bad..sorry about my profanity. but man, that bmw is way better of a good all around car than the VW.
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Originally posted by bigred318+Jan 27 2005, 07:56 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(bigred318 @ Jan 27 2005, 07:56 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-abemcclellan@Jan 27 2005, 03:49 PM
dude, fuck the golf! my bad..sorry about my profanity. but man, that bmw is way better of a good all around car than the VW.
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Man, I don't know about the 318ti, But if that's your price range, for no more you can get one with a trunk!!! No matter what though better get a manual. NO AUTO!!! Golf.....I must say NO...Drive a BMW and then you 'll make up your mind really fast..

Good hunting!!!
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my old car.. i crashed it in 7 weeks.. had 1200 miles on it.. hit a divider going 60... this was a great car.. guess i didn't have it long enough to enjoy it to the full potential... anyways.. i love my bimmer 10x's more then that car..
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i like golfs, but i personally love those TI's its too bad they didnt come with bigger engines. depending on which golf you decide to get, id look into the bimmer , however if you are looking at a higher end golf than maybe look that direction.
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I've had both. Drove a Golf for 180,000 original miles, til it rusted out and I brought it to the boneyard for $20, then bought a pizza with the cash.
Now, have a 318. Get the BMW. If you get the Golf, you'll wonder about the bimmer. If you do the opposite, you won't be wondering "Gee, I could be driving a Golf."
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I'm a BMW lover but I think I'd have to go with the golf in this case.
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1) The golf is newer.
2) If the golf is a 1.8T then you can buy software for $500-700 and boost the output to over 200hp. That's pretty sweet.

I know the handling and build quality is better on the BMW but I still think I would choose the golf.
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dude i would get an R32 i think those are bad ass and most VW's with the right look and mods are sick as hell.. the only 4-cylinder bimmer i would take are the older M3's..
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