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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 04-06-2004, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wassup all- i got a 95 318ti and i'm ready to move up to the car i really want (besides a M3 and/or 745 of course ) Anyways i'm looking to get a 00-01 CI 323, 325 eithier or in wht or blk. Couple questions below

-most i see have the wood trim but i have see some with the aluminum interior trim, is this an upgrade or aftermarket
-whats the main difference between the 323, 325 feature wise? I knwo the engine is bigger on the 325-
-any major mods from 2000 to the 2001 models?
- i wanna get something in the 15-17 range...is that realistic
- i would want to add angel eyes- is that easier on the 00 or 01
- i would also like to add the led tails that i have seen on the newer 330


i will have many more questions in the next week or 2 but these are good for now...thanks again
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When I ordered my 325 I requested the brushed aluminum interior trim. It was an extra few hundred bucks. To answer your question... the aluminum is OEM. If you walk into the BMW parts department my guess it will cost around $1000 to outfit your car.

Don't know much about 323 details except engine is 2.3L.
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oh ok...so i can expect to pay more for a car with the aluminum trim...cool- anybody else out there
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-Wood trim is usually associated with the Premium Package. Aluminum trim was used unless otherwise speced out, i.e. special ordered or part of a package.
-I belive they are very similar engines the 323 actually being a 2.5L engine. It was named the 323 to differentiate it from the outgoing 325 as the 323 was to replace the 318 and the 328 the 325.
-early 01's have lighter steering that some do not like. The car was rebadged the 325 other may shed more light on the minor differances.
-in a 00' 323i you should start to see some cars falling into this price range you will have to look hard for a good one though.
-I belive that angel eyes are easier to add to the optional Xenon lights than the standard Halogen. Year does not matter as much.
-Adding the LED tail lights is do-able but some rewiring is needed. Kits are available.
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Originally posted by TreMontana@Apr 6 2004, 02:43 PM
Wassup all- i got a 95 318ti and i'm ready to move up to the car i really want (besides a M3 and/or 745 of course ) Anyways i'm looking to get a 00-01 CI 323, 325 eithier or in wht or blk. Couple questions below

-most i see have the wood trim but i have see some with the aluminum interior trim, is this an upgrade or aftermarket
-whats the main difference between the 323, 325 feature wise? I knwo the engine is bigger on the 325-
-any major mods from 2000 to the 2001 models?
- i wanna get something in the 15-17 range...is that realistic
- i would want to add angel eyes- is that easier on the 00 or 01
- i would also like to add the led tails that i have seen on the newer 330


i will have many more questions in the next week or 2 but these are good for now...thanks again
I got a 2000 323i (see sig).

Came with aluminum trim, which I didn't like against the sand leatherette. changed it out to wood, looks a world better (to my eye). I got the wood trim for $125 on ebay used, it's perfectly fine. You can usually find deals like this if you poke around long enough. Not sure which was 'premium' back then, maybe both were just options, not sure.

323 and 325 both have the 2.5l engine, there are some minor changes done to the engine on the 325(better compression being the end result) to coax out a few more hp, but it is NOT a 2.3l engine as someone stated earlier. 323 was given that designation to make the 328 seem like it was more powerful, which it is but not by much (2.5l vs 2.8l after the extra weight, isn't too much more). One of the stranger designation changes BMW has made over the years (thankfully they went back to calling it the 325).

323 and 325 (00 vs 01) will look exactly the same, the facelift started with the 02+ cars (headlights slant up instead of down, rear lights look a little different, etc.)

I installed Gen V DDE Angel Eyes originally from Umnitza. Followed their online directions, said it would take 2 hours, too me 4. I was a rookie, I could do it again in less than 2 hours. Be patient, have all the tools on hand, and you can do it. Angel Eyes run from 250-400 depending on what type, and the seller. Again, I got mine used from ebay for $120, they rock!

15-17k range is possibly realistic, but you won't find a CPO car for that price, and it'll have high milage, or a story behind it, I'd think. 323's (here at least) still run 20-24k for good CPO low milage cars. More for the cabrio models, around 25-27k.

you can do led tails, and even front corner and side, but be sure to get the led resistors, so you don't get wierd flickering with them. should need 2 of them (1 for the front set of lights, 1 for the rear set).

hope that helps.
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thanks for the info fellas.....the model i am pretty much set on is the 323CI.....the hunt is on! I will keep you guys updated-


also feel free to add anymore info, tips, things to watch out for etc.....thanks-
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