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| Originally posted by dallyd31@Apr 20 2005, 07:46 PM |
I am looking at either a 1999, 2000 or 2001 323 or 328. Is there a great deal of difference between the two other than the motor ( 2.5 vs 2.8).............I am mostly concerened with longevity, quality and reliability. Is one model more reliable than the other. Is one motor reliable or better than the other ???
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated
| Originally posted by Tom Busby@Apr 22 2005, 05:57 PM |
The 328 has a lot more torque than the 325 but the extra torque is most noticeable below 2500 rpm. Above 4000 rpm they feel different but actually accelerate at about the same rate. In other words the 328 in a manual is much easier to drive smoothly than the 325, or to explain the same issue a little differently, the 325 takes more practice to drive smoothly, especially in 1st and 2nd gears. The zero to 62mph times with manual trans are within .1 second of each other. The 325 is about 50 pounds lighter than the 328 because of various parts-changes, mostly in the differential, which is smaller and lighter in the 325.
I recently bought a 2001 325i recently and test drove 323's, 328's and 325's from 1999 to 2001 model years.
The 323 is about a second slower in the zero to 62 mph category if I recall correctly but is still a fine car.
Get a manual trans in any event. The automatics are like a second slower than the manual trans for the zero to 62 mph in all these cars.
The 325 doesn't have the crummy viscous cooling fan combined with pusher electric fan either. That is the only bad-engineering issue that I have with the 328's and 323's. Just my own take on it. Both methods serve the purpose for which they are intended, but I see a viscous fan connected to the front of the engine and I see about 3-5 horsepower being consumed by a non-electric fan.
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