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Old 09-06-2004, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello to everyone from a newbie.

I look forward to buy used E36. I never had BMW car in my life before.
So i have some questions, and any help will be useful to me.

1) People say that 328iS is faster than 328i, WHy i wonder? Because it's ligher or juiced up engine?
2) What advice would you give to a very tall driver? Sport package seats or non-sport package seats? Sedan or cupe?
3) How big is the difference between 325 and 328?

4)
Tryin E46-ses in local dealership i found out that i fit better in a car with tilt wheel.
On a car without tilt wheel when i sit normal - my head touches the roof, if i lean back - then my hands cannot reach steering wheel top freely. Tilt wheel resoves this problem.

However i wasnt able to older E36 328iS car with the tilt wheel. Are they available at all?
Is there any person out here that has 328iS (E36) with the tilt steering wheel?

5) How many miles considered to be still a "reliable car"? I'm looking at about 80k mileage. Is it going to be long days in the garage or it can go without serious problems for another 100kl miles?

Thanks in advance!
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as long as you have bmw service history 80k is not much at all. a decent bmw engine will do 3 times that in a lifetime - just make sure it has been well maintained & that you do the same!
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The difference between the 325 and the 328 is not that much. Only a couple hp and a couple lbs of torque. However, people swear that it is a noticeable difference.

Unfortunately, No E36 BMWs came with tilt steering.

How tall are you btw? I am 6'1 and I have no problems in my car, the steering wheel actually is perfect for me. You do know that you can lower the back of the seat right? If it wasn't all the way down, it perhaps will give you the head clearance that you need with still allowing you to reach the wheel.
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Old 09-06-2004, 03:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The difference between the 325 and the 328 is not that much. Only a couple hp and a couple lbs of torque. However, people swear that it is a noticeable difference.

Unfortunately, No E36 BMWs came with tilt steering.

How tall are you btw? I am 6'1 and I have no problems in my car, the steering wheel actually is perfect for me. You do know that you can lower the back of the seat right? If it wasn't all the way down, it perhaps will give you the head clearance that you need with still allowing you to reach the wheel.
Here's what i found about 325/328 difference:
http://web.missouri.edu/~apcb20/times.html#BMW
If taht data is correct - then i'm surprised that 328iS goes faster with teh same engine as 328i. Probably it's lighter.
THe difference between 325 and 328 is one second in --60, and that's alot.
But again - i'm not sure if that data could be trusted.

I'm 6'7 tall, and life is getting hard sometimes when you choose car or take a flight.
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325 is obd1 and 328 is obd2, that's another differenc
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Yes 325s are OBD1 and 328s are OBD2. OBD2s cannot be chipped, OBD1 can. 328 has .2 more liters than the 325....... basically if you end up modding your car alot ( turbo etc. ) 325s get better perfomance. But if you get an OBD1 Conversion on the 328 then.... heh well you can figure it out from there. And I beleive jllpn has that conversion ( sorry if spelt that wrong )
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