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Old 09-30-2004, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, it is time to replace my wife's '95 delSol VTEC and she has really been looking hard at 3-series coupes. Found this forum and wanted to get some advice:

1) Is it worth the extra $4-6K difference between the 325ci and the 330ci?? If so, is the only difference the extra power??

2) Are there any certain models (years) that we should stay away from??

Thanks in advance for your help!!
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Old 09-30-2004, 02:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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190 for 325 and 220 for 330. I wouldn't say it's worth that much.

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Can't speak for US but I just opted (in UK) for 325 over 330 both for fuel consumption and insurance band reasons.
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Any recently, in the last month or so, got a 330i 4-dr? How much did you get it for and what were the options?
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I just got a 330Ci this past weekend so I'll share what my thought process was.

I went for the 330Ci over the 325Ci because for the supposed same fuel consumption (20city/29hwy) I get a larger engine with more torque and power. I personally don't get why that is, the fuel consumption being the SAME, but it bothered me. I also wanted the Harmon Kardon audio system that comes standard w/ the 330 for some odd reason and I really, really wanted the M Double Spoke 68s that come with the 330 Sport Pkg. The idea of the wider 245s in the rear with the "narrower" 225s up front really tempted me. I like the look of the 325's Sport Pkg. wheels but they are the same all around plus don't look as uniquely BMW as the Style 68Ms.

This might not be the case for you but alot of 325 owners I know personally regret not throwing in the extra $3-4k for the 330 later on so I went with their recommendation. 325s are also fairly abundant on dealership lots right now. When I went to a dealership and said I was looking for a 330 they tried fairly hard to turn me to one of the many 325s they had on the lot (they had no 330s. No coupes, no sedans). Turned me off to the 325 even more.

Oh, I bought new btw. I have no idea what the market is like for used cars.
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