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Old 09-26-2004, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I am trying to decide if it is worth spending the extra 3-5K on a manual 330Ci as opposed to a manual 325Ci. Personally, a base 325Ci has everything I need, so I'm only looking at the performance aspect. In terms of 0-60, the 325Ci is only .7 seconds slower (7.1) compared to a 330Ci (6.4). But what about other performance aspects? For people who have driven both, is there a considerable difference between the two engines? Most of the dealerships in my area don't have manuals of both cars, so its difficult for me to do the comparison.

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Hello all,

I am trying to decide if it is worth spending the extra 3-5K on a manual 330Ci as opposed to a manual 325Ci. Personally, a base 325Ci has everything I need, so I'm only looking at the performance aspect. In terms of 0-60, the 325Ci is only .7 seconds slower (7.1) compared to a 330Ci (6.4). But what about other performance aspects? For people who have driven both, is there a considerable difference between the two engines? Most of the dealerships in my area don't have manuals of both cars, so its difficult for me to do the comparison.

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The difference is worth the price, IF performance (power) is important to you. There is more of through out the whole range, and it is significant. It doesn't really stand out in test drives, but it does over the long hall, in real driving situations, and the extra power is appreciated. Plus it get's slightly better gas mileage.
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I know a manual is cheaper than getting an automatic. I think it is by $1200. But yes, the manual in the 330Ci does get better performance. I think bigger is better. The 3.0 liter will help further you and your quest for more power! I've driven the e46 325Ci and the 330Ci...and 330Ci performs/handles much better.
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I know a manual is cheaper than getting an automatic. I think it is by $1200. But yes, the manual in the 330Ci does get better performance. I think bigger is better. The 3.0 liter will help further you and your quest for more power! I've driven the e46 325Ci and the 330Ci...and 330Ci performs/handles much better.
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how would a 330ci handle better than a 325ci? used they have the same suspension, unless one has sport and the other doesnt.
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1. Sport suspension is tuned more aggressively on 330Ci Performance Package.
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Well I kinda was assuming mandms7 was going to pay more for the Performance Package....not the manual transmition.
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IMO its definately worth it to get the 330ci if you can't get the 325 in manual.

thats the only input i can offer as I have only driven the 330 and of course love it dearly.
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