I have a 1986 325es right now, its my first car and i love it but i have been saving up for a E36 for a while now. I have about $3,500 in the bank and I decided that i can't wait any longer so im going to make payments on a car. The only problem is that i can't decide wether i want to get a 325 or 328 and a 2 door or 4 door. I'm thinking about getting a 325 just because its cheaper and the sooner i get done making payment the sooner i can buy mods, but then i was thinking that a 328 is slightly faster than a 325 so it might be worth it to pay the exta money and wait for the mods. I also have to decide wether i want a 2 door or 4, im open for opinions...thanks
I'm not sure if the prices are they different.... I'm sure you would have a choice of either if you are getting finance.
The 328 is noticeably quicker than the 325 despite minor power increments.
I'd got for the 328.
Just for your info, BMW's aren't always the best cars to modify...... and visit your bank manager before taking finance from a dealer, you'll get it cheaper.
Good luck and let us know!
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When test driving for my first bimmer I drove both the 95, 325IS and the 96 328IS on the same day.... both completely identical cars, down to every option.... both with all options except heated mirrors/seats. even the saem mileage...
The 328IS and its extra 25lbs of torque made it like driving two completely different machines.
If your buying a more recent example of the two machines, price may make more of difference, but Im not sure that the extra $1200 I paid to take the 328 over the 325 could be applied to modifications to make up the difference in the torque.
I suggest you test drive both models before you decide to save a $$$ on the loan (when odds are your gonna spend more than the difference in the amounts just trying to achieve the same performence you would of had from day one with the 328)
To do list:
UUC System U TDM- 3/05
M50 manifold converstion 3/05
off to the tuning shop for custom software 4/05
Cams/lightened flywheel, throttlebody........ well lets see what happens
well im a sedan guy. Coupes are nice, but I love sport sedans. if you will be doing any transporting of people or materials, the back doors really come in handy. The 3 series coups are not back seat friendly to anything when it comes to getting it in/out.
As for the 325 v 328, it all depends on what you want to modify. The OBDII 328 doesn't let you add a lot without spending some serious money for worthwhile gains. the 325 will show much more improvement per mod and you won't have to break the bank as much to get the same increases.
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The torque only really makes a difference off the line. When you get to the upper revs the cars are pretty much the same (yeah the 328 will slowly pull away) but with a chip for 300 bucks the 325 will keep up anywhere but a quarter mile run, even then it will be close.
Rock on performance sedans.
P.S. 0-60 times are relevant because the 325 has to shift 3 times but the 328 only has to shift once Somebody read in their manual the 0-50 time for the 328.
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