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3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

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Old 08-09-2004, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to purchase my first BMW (my first car too). I am currently trying to decide between a coupe and a sedan. Other than the sportier look of the coupe, are there other reasons that I should shell out the extra cash for the 2door?

Please excuse my ignorance if I'm missing something obvious here.
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Well if your looking for a more usable passenger car... I would go with the 4 door... not much difference besides look and door size... if you carry a lot of people on a regular basis I would get the 4 door...

Many on the other hand enjoy the 2 door because its a more sporty and race driven atmosphere within the car.
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Old 08-09-2004, 09:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I chose Ci for the following reasons in Canada.

1. I like the headlight shape of the Ci.
2. Adaptive (side-to-side) Xenons only available on Ci.
3. Sportier look (lower, wider, longer).
4. Ci is marginally lighter (20kg).
5. Excuse to limit rear passengers.

So other than the sportier look of the Ci, there really is no reason for it.
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But also does'nt the Ci badge hike up the insurance cost.
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also, maybe of less significants, but the Ci (coupe) has a larger boot (trunk) than the sedan (i). The back seats, are only marginally smaller than the sedan version. and is reasonly confortable with 2 at the back (dependant of size of course).
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Just wondering, all 3 series (maybe not m3) are made from the same chasis so how would the track be wider for a 2 dr compare to a 4 dr.
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Just wondering, all 3 series (maybe not m3) are made from the same chasis so how would the track be wider for a 2 dr compare to a 4 dr.
In fact, the Coupe doesn't share any body panels at all with the Sedan, only the door handles, side indicator repeators and BMW badges are the same.
The coupe is 17mm wider, 18mm wider, 46mm lower than the 3-series Sedan. The coupe also has a wider chrome grille, redsigned rear-view mirros, wider air intakes, more pronounced V-shape bonnet, and a more steeply raked widscreen.
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The 2 door and 4 door are the same wheel base so the ride is similar. The 4 door can "realistically" fit 5 people the 2 door can only accomodate 4. The trunk on the 2 door is slightly wider and longer but not as high as the 4 door.

4 door resale values tend to be better as they appeal to a wider market. Smaller engines resale value better than big engines, which makes second hand big engined 3-series a bit of a bargain (if you can afford the insurance.

Whichever you buy I doubt you will be disappointed.
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I am pretty sure that the sedans have that ugly black trim around the car and on the bumpers. With the coupes, the trim is body colored and is MUCH more appealing than black, in my opinion anyways.

Sports package coupes all the way!
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How does the xi match up against the i and ci? I love AWD cars!
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You're right about the insurance. The coupe costs a couple hundred/yr more to insure (at least for me).
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For the E46 325i vs 325ci

The width for Ci is 18 mm (1.8 cm) more.


However the track for the 2 car are the exact same: Track (front/rear)= 1471/1483
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Aesthetically, I personally like the i model ... I like not having to tilt my seats forward everytime I put my bag in the back seats. Its definately a plus when carrying passengers and I will eventually put DVD monitors on the head rests...ideally suited for sedans )
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welcome to the forum =)

haha i was jus about to make a post exactly like this.. im in almost the exact same situation as u

also.. my first bmw .. my first car also.. dunno if i should choose 4 or 2 door haha
i guess we can help each other out?
i was thinking for the 2 door at first cuz it looks much sportier.. and im assuming since its ur first car ur probably a teen like me? im 15 so i think the sporty looks fits us better but.. if u wanted to take all ur friends around the sedan would be much better since the coupe almost gives u no room in the bak row.. just some of my personal thoughts =)
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