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Old 07-26-2004, 02:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering how the acceleration was on the 325xi automatic. I'm not just interested in going really fast, I just wanted to know if it's annoyingly slow, like a chevy cavalier or honda civic. I want something that can get on the highway at least.
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Old 07-26-2004, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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as long as your talking daily drive car, the 325xi would be wonderful. theres plenty of power to keep you ahead of the traffic, and it's plenty fun to drive on thoes open country back roads.
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Old 07-26-2004, 10:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 325xi 01 and the pick up for the automatic is really really good.....unless you compare it to a manual or a sportier Mazda versions. It does not do a 0-60 quick but it can beat most automatics out there at the light I am sure. Plus on the highway if yu REALLY REALLY wanna gun it, you can always jump on the steptronic and lower the gears to give it that extra push. Its nuthin awesome but yu can feel theacceleration increase quite a bit.......... Ciao and happy driving
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Old 07-27-2004, 03:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My 2002 325xi seems plenty fast enough. Inline-6 is the best racing engine ever - but the car feels like it has a lot more than 184 horses under the hood.
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Old 07-27-2004, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you should test drive it and if it is not fast enough then get a 330 or a manual or both.
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I tested both. I got the 325 as a loaner for 2 days and bought the 330. Definately notice a difference. If you take it on the freeway or in hilly areas go with the 330.

I agree the 325 feels like more than 184 hp. The 330 feels like more the 225 too.......
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Old 08-20-2004, 10:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Three weeks ago I bought my first BMW, a 2004 325xi, and it's got plenty of power for my needs. I'd love to have gotten the 330xi but I couldn't justify needing the additional horses when the 325xi provided plenty.

I'm almost at 1,000 miles so I'm starting to open the engine up a little more by pushing the RPMs up. It's a fun car to drive especially when cornering.

By the way, go with a manual transmission, you'll enjoy the driving experience so much more than in an automatic.
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Old 08-20-2004, 10:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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By the way, go with a manual transmission, you'll enjoy the driving experience so much more than in an automatic.
Very much agreed...!
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There's a fairly big speed difference between manual and automatic from what I hear too, but a few people on this thread have said they like thier 325xi auto. I have a 330xi manual and I think the power is awesome, although it's a heavy car(3500 lbs).
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I think it depends what you are accustomed to. I had an Altima (2.4 motor) with a 5-speed and it felt faster than a 325xi with an automatic...that simply wouldn't do. I just bought an '01 with a manual and I'm very happy with the performance.

My opinion is that I would want a 330 if I went with an auto.
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Yeah, as for power, as long as you have an i6 and a bmw power engine, you won't be slow. Don't worry about civics being able to out-accelerate you... and also the control of a xi car is amazing.

Good luck! B)
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