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Old 03-20-2006, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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323i vs. 325i

Anyone here driven both of them. How big is the power difference. Because the price difference is quite a bit ($4000 canadian).

Also the realibility of a 2000 323i, any major issues.
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The 323i produced between 99-00 had a 2.5L inline 6 that produced 170HP the 325i produced between 01-05 also has a 2.5L Inline 6 that produces closer to 184HP...as far as reliablility of either, neither had any huge issues that I've seen. Hope this is useful for you.
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are there easy mods to the 323i to get upto 190hp range.
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are there easy mods to the 323i to get upto 190hp range.
no, stay away from the 323, if possible get a 330
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well yes ultimatly a 330 would be the way to go, but it may not be in everyones budget
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In all honesty, I test drove my friends '06 330i that now has 255hp and then drove a 2001 330ci and then drove and purchased my 325i (2002) and the differences in "feel of acceleration" were not very significant. And this is coming from a guy who grew up driving crappy american cars. I have owned and driven Mustang GTs and the like and the Bimmers are much smoother and sportier.

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