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Old 07-09-2004, 03:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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
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Old 07-09-2004, 05:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the 328 has approx 25 ft/lbs. more torque than the 325 and 1 more horsepower. i prefer the look of the 2-door models, hence the my new 1994 325is sitting in the garage i bought yesterday! :P

from my reading on this site, i hear the 4-door models have slightly less wieght to them. seems odd to me, but it is possible.

orginally i wanted a 328is of course but sadly, i quickly realized its not really worth the extra money for 25 ft/lbs. of torque and 1 year newer for almost 4,000 dollars.

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(IMO) the best choice would be to take a stock 325is and put 4,000 dollars into it.

good luck!
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Old 07-09-2004, 05:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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.

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328i is a little lighter too then the 325 because of the Alu cylinderhead.
Cheaper in taxes :P
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The 328 is considerably more powerful, and that extra torque gives it a 0-60 time of 6.4sec compared to the 325is at 7.2

I am not into straight line speed, but the aforementioned was made to let you know there is significantly more power on tap for you as a 328is owner.

I too am a coupe fan, and if you have no need for four doors, don't buy a saloon. Keep in mind the 328is is the most expensive of the four choices for a reason.
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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)

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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.

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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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Hmm..I agree..I got a killer deal on my 328is..7800$..US....so I grabed it..but if ya want tthe mods the 328 aint the best choice..less you ready to spend....beleive me....I've looked...
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