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Old 05-06-2005, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which one is faster a 96-98 328is or a 96-98 325. I was looking to get into one or the other just wanted to know which is better.
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328is is faster. They both approximately have equal horsepower (190 vs 189), but 328 has greater torque (207 lb-ft vs 181 lb-ft) - so you will accelerate faster, even though your top speeds would be similar.
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328 is 3 series with a 2.8 liter engine, 325 is 3 series with a 2.5 liter engine. Both are inline sixs and actually are very similar but like mostwired said the 328 has more torque. Also you listed one 2 door car and one 4 door car. The "is" is a 2 door coupe the "i" is a 4 door. They make a 325is as well as a 328i. If you want fast save the money for the M3(you can find these for between 15-20k). If you want a nice looking and fun to drive ride that is not real slow but not "fast" look into the 325is and 328is with a 5 speed. Also you can get teh sport package which has better seats, 16" wheels, and difference suspension. I bought a 325is becuase the price was in my range and i love the car. Do I wish I had a 328....no it is the same car basically. Do I want a M3...yes.
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M3... umm, i would say i dont really want M3 by many reasons (personal). About 325 and 328 i would go for 325 (what i did).
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Equal horsepower (190 vs 189), but 328 has greater torque (207 lb-ft vs 181 lb-ft)
Well, its a book numbers for new cars, nothing more, so dont rely on it too much. I would get 325i, change chip, change exhaust and headers. Chip & Headers would give you 225hp+ and about 220+ lb-ft torque at the end (its not a gain its a totals) plus whatever "+" youll get from exhaust. The same upgrades on 328 will give less benefits. After all it will be cheaper moneywise.
Hope it would help.
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Old 05-06-2005, 01:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ohh and i forgat to say that all of this numbers, is a "numbers only". At the end of the day all those would metter only in comparisson to whoever is behind the wheel.
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Thanks for all the help. Right now I have a 2000 Jetta 1.8t that does about 7.5 0-60 time how much of a difference will I see if I get a 97 or 98 328is. In both handeling and speed.
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0-60 in 6.2

way better handling than a jetta, especially with a set of aftermarket rims/tires
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Totaly with Redline. Once you get used to Bimmer, you'll get a hangover after any other car, even thought VW is good. Get it man, you wont regret.
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OBDI

Chip = 15hp tops
Exhaust = 5hp tops
Headers = 5hp tops
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ok a 1998 328 will do 0-60 in 6.2 and 1994 325 will do 7.2 0-60. By the book and stock. According to this site http://eurotuned.com/0-60.htm

I find it hard to believe that there is almost a 1 second difference though. That is huge, and I have never felt that much difference when driving them. 1995 M3 is 6.2 according to that site too.

The main thing about BMW though it that no matter what the car is they are fun to drive. Hell I love to drive my parents 5 series and M3 both very different yet still fun. That is also the heart of the 3 series is that it is just plain fun.
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I don't trust that 6.2 second time; thats where a 330i should be, not a 328i!
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I can do it in 5,9

M50 intake on the 328i.
Cams (schrick)
Intake ports bored out and polished
Custum open air intake system

Costs are around 300 euro total for me cos the cams where already in it

Still need a chip and a complete Fächerkrümmer from an M3 3,2 (euro) and complete exhaust
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just a fact that i think EVERYONE missed on, they dont make a 96-98 325, the 328 is all OBDII, and the 325 is all OBDI.. basically after the emissions, in order to meet the same standards w/the 325, they increased the engine size to 2.8
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Originally posted by Jake C.+May 6 2005, 09:22 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jake C. @ May 6 2005, 09:22 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>Which one is faster a 96-98 328is or a 96-98 325. I was looking to get into one or the other just wanted to know which is better.
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just a fact that i think EVERYONE missed on, they dont make a 96-98 325, the 328 is all OBDII, and the 325 is all OBDI.. basically after the emissions, in order to meet the same standards w/the 325, they increased the engine size to 2.8
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Exactly. The 328 replaced the 325, so if you were to buy 92-95 it would be a 325, if you were to buy a 96-98 it'd be a 328. They did make a smaller 6 from 96-98 known as the 323, but if your asking which is faster, you'd probably be best served with one of the other two.

EIther way, if you want speed, buy an M3.

The earlier 325 can be modded and greatly improved, as it's OBDI set up lends itself well to modifications.

The 328 is more difficult to modify (OBDII), but if you spend some time and money, it can be made to equal a stock M3. I've done precisely that, but honestly, for the money I've put into it, I could have an M3 right now. All depends on what your looking for.

Oh, and yes, a 328 is significantly faster than a 325. tq is everything when your talking about 0-60 times, and the M52 equiped 328 has heaps more than the M50 found in 325's.
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Originally posted by xsperf@May 7 2005, 10:26 AM
just a fact that i think EVERYONE missed on, they dont make a 96-98 325, the 328 is all OBDII, and the 325 is all OBDI.. basically after the emissions, in order to meet the same standards w/the 325, they increased the engine size to 2.8
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That's true - good catch! In '98 they had 325 (2.5L engine) renamed to 323 (can anybody tell me why 323?) with a big drop in HP, but from '96 to '98 there were no 325's.

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Ha - sorry jllphan - we seemed to type similar info at the same time - you just hit "Post" first
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