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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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Old 06-29-2005, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i own a 318is that is an automatic and i am trying to figure out if my car is messed or they are just this weak. When i put down the gas it takes a while for it to go and unless you actually give alot of gas you dont feel no power
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are pretty slow. What, 7.9 seconds for a manual to hit 60, figure another second if you're running auto... so around a 9 second 0-60. Yeah. Mine felt slow too. But it still held through the turns well.
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Your car is SLOW and not meant to race in any fashion man... manual 1.8/1.9s have potential of being pretty good (autoauthentica's for example) but he's done a TON to reduce weight and add more power to it. You have 2 options to make your car somewhat respectable for power: Sell it and get a 6cylinder. Add a DASC and put in a 5spd. Otherwise, just drive your car and be happy that you actually own a BMW. Not trying to be rude in any way, but I see all of these posts about your car being sluggish to go and you losing to a camry and what not...This is to be EXPECTED with an auto 4 cylinder BMW. Drive your car and be happy with what you got or sell the damn thing. I think you have it set in your mind that your car should be fast or something because it's a BMW and that's just WAY off!
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I have a 318IS with intake, exhaust, and a brande new suspension kit and i will say ive never been happier, i love the car its not fast no- its quick, but i love it
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But mine is a manual, i just think u cant get a 318 expecting to much, i had a jetta wolfsburg before that and i like this better, like i said i think quick would be the best word not fast.
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i have a 318is automatic

for some reason right after i start it, for the first little bit i have a lot of power and quick acceleration. but then after a short period of time, its back to normal.
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When the engine is cold, the computer runs it rich and it make a lot of power. it lasts until the temp guage starts rising. But yeah it wastes your engine by operating at high power at low temperature.
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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But mine is a manual, i just think u cant get a 318 expecting to much, i had a jetta wolfsburg before that and i like this better, like i said i think quick would be the best word not fast.
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Not so much "quick," I think the the word you were looking for was "nimble." American cars are "fast" - they go fast, they reach high speeds. Japanese cars are "quick" - they go fast, but top out fast. German cars are nimble - you see a place to put your car, and it's there before others have even turned their steering wheel.
Of course, there are exceptions.
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I got one, its slow as a civic. Can't do much about it, best thing to do is sell and get a higher model.
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I have a 318i. The power is enough to have fun with. You get 15 mpg at 110 with the pedal floored. If you plan ahead and keep smooth lines and use the best thing the car has going for it (it can out handle the 6cly models, but don't tell them that. They'll pout), then you have a very enjoyable package. But if you go into a turn too fast and get the car pushing, which it loves to do, then you don't have enough power to correct and bring the back end out. So instead, be smart, think about what you are about to do instead of trying to react as you do it, at least until it becomes second nature to you.

As far as straight line racing... ha. Even with a manual tranny unless you do a decently aggressive launch, you aren't going any where fast. Once the engine gets above 3k then it starts becoming accpetable. But since you have an auto, with out damaging your tranny, you're pretty much screwed on take offs.

Honestly, the only 6cly BMW I would take is an M model. I would much rather spend the oney on my 318 and put in a DA S/C, if I wanted more power, or a small turbo than take the added weight of a non M 6cly.

But then again, the most important thing in a car to me is handling. It seems acceleration is more important to you. Perhaps you should sell you car.
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i've got a 318ic. slow as hell and mine is a 5 speed. but you know what, we get great gas mileage and don't have to be seen in a hybrid. my car handles great and in that sense is fun to drive. you can't expect much power wise, just know that when you go and fill up you won't have to again for a while.
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Just what kind of mileage does a 318 get? I get up to 28-29 at 80MPH or so with the 328.
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heh. I am at 2400rpms when I'm going 80...
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I go approx 300-320 miles on exactly 1/2 a tank of gas on highway, not interstate... I will leave my speed undisclosed. But yes, We've got you beat... at even higher speeds.
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Hey now, he'd not comparing his car to ours, it was a camry.
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