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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Jackson MS
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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.