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#1 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 05:20 PM
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'ello all, this is my first post...won an auction for a 1995 328i beemer, leather seats etc.....how good are these cars??

Used to own a subaru impreza wrx sti type-r, but had to sell it due to needing 5,000 for surgery on my spine..OUCH!!

Sooooo, with the 4,000 left over, i'm having a 328i beemer delivered on friday...aint even test drove any yet...LOL ;0)

How quick are these cars?????

Grin factor???

Can they be modded engine wise??

any info, much appreciated (HERE is a pic of my car...whadd yuh think...ok for 4 grand??)

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is it a 95 or 96? 328s started in 96, 325s ended in 95. that affects the modibility a lot.

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Looks nice. It won't be as fast as your old Subaru but it'll get you there quick enough. Is it manual or automatic? You could also look into the OBDI conversion, but I'm not sure if you could find it anywhere in your area.

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The car is a 1995??

328i started in 1996??

it's definitely a 328i..as far as i know...lol
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How quick are these cars?????

Grin factor???

Can they be modded engine wise??

to the forums, Matt. Come and stay a while.

Your sti is a completely different animal from your futrue pet in a 328. The sti with it's all wheel drive is pretty unflapable, and makes you feel like a better driver than you really are. The 328 is a very good handling car as well, but it forces you to learn it's limits and remember them. You will notice a better feel with the Bimmer, with regards to suspension, brakes, steering, etc. The sti in my experience is more "numb", and tends to give less feedback to the driver.

Stock the grin factor is good, but with the few mods available, it will be ear to ear. While a full on OBDII->OBDI conversion would be ideal, it's not cheap. Reprograming the DME, better intake/exhaust, short shift kit, and maybe new springs/sways, this car will make you invent reasons to leave the house. :P

BTW, is that pic the actually car or a stock photo? If it is, it is a 328is, the 328i is the four door.

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The STi type R isn't the one available in NA, you know that right Jllphan? We're talking about the rally car they just made street legal in europe. You know the bad ass one with 280 horse from a 2L flat four....

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I don't mean to come off as a jerk or anything and I'm surprised no one else has asked this, but do you usually buy a used car w/o test driving it? What kind of warranty came with it?

p.s. I own a 98 328i and its a great car.

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Never driven a type R, but have an STi. Figured they are about the same. The NA has more hp, but probably still similar. They are cool, but specs don't tell you everything, these cars are sweet, but have their shortcommings.

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i bought my car via ebay without test driving it. its a risk, but having it checked out first by a good mech helps a lot.

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Ohhhh, my sti type R was an absolkute animal...stock it was 4.7 secs 0-60mph...a true beast, but had to keep bloody travelling 20 miles to find the right fuel for it...GRR!!

Damn thing kept breaking down all the time too!!

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Never driven a type R, but have an STi. Figured they are about the same. The NA has more hp, but probably still similar. They are cool, but specs don't tell you everything, these cars are sweet, but have their shortcommings.
The NA version is also 5 years newer . I wish I could drive one. The 6 speed seems like it's totally racer-like. The type r's are also considerably quicker because they weigh less. I'd assume they're much more agile.

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STI rocks... my buddy works at subaru and we got to test drive it last summer when they got it in... thing just flatout halls balls! funny story though, on the third drive, the turbo blew on us...there was a small leak and then BOOOM... turbo and engine exploded in our faces lol it was great...

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Damn thing kept breaking down all the time too!!

That's what I was talking about when I said shortcommings. On paper, they are awesome. But the reality is they're finicky little cars, that need a lot of care, and much of the electronic compnonents fail. Also compared to an e36 the interior is not near as plush regarding various plastics and button feel.

The STi is the car of choice in my neck of the woods, I have three good friends with one, and they are all over my town. I like 'em for what they are, very sweet indeed. But I'll take the ease of ownership, better quality of materials and construction, and the engineering of my little mut over most other cars even close to the same price thank you very much.

Hey Matt, got any pics of your old Type R? Be sure to post some of your new whip upon delivery.

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here are some pics of my type-r impreza i sold a few months ago...awesome!!
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