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#1 (permalink) Old 08-06-2005, 11:29 AM
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I'll be in the market for a new '05 325CI Coupe. Can anyone give some
tips? I'm not interested in the expensier 330 or M3, I just need something
simpler. I like this models because they still keep the older look, while
the other models don't. They have this new look I dislike. I was also looking
to get an older model, but for the price, mind as well get a new one.

Thanks in advace.

Btw, is the Sports Package a good addition for the extra $1,000?
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#2 (permalink) Old 08-10-2005, 03:27 PM
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You say you like the older style than why pay for a 2005 when you can drive a 2001 and most would not know the difference.
My sister has a 2005 325i, I have a 2001 330i...to be honest there is a huge difference in the cars.
Not only the power but the feel, also get the leather interior...much richer than the leatherette.
Get a used 330i a couple years old with low mileage, well maintained, much better value in my mind.
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Originally posted by 2001BMW330iRob@Aug 10 2005, 02:27 PM
You say you like the older style than why pay for a 2005 when you can drive a 2001 and most would not know the difference.
My sister has a 2005 325i, I have a 2001 330i...to be honest there is a huge difference in the cars.
Not only the power but the feel, also get the leather interior...much richer than the leatherette.
Get a used 330i a couple years old with low mileage, well maintained, much better value in my mind.
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I agree...Although me personally am impressed with the way the 05's look and feel but if you are in to the old look...go for a 02 or 03 model with decent milleage and am sure you will get a steal on it too...
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The Sport Package (and maybe even the premium package) are valuable additions in my opinion...

Especially the sport package, which has an upgraded suspension, exhaust etc.
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Looks can grow on you. The power gains you get from an e90 when compared to a new e46 are well worth the slim price difference. However, if you like the look, do as has been suggested above: get a used e46. I would recommend a 2002 (post-facelift, second year of m54 engines) or a 2003 if you are going to get the performance package on a 330. If you are going for the look and not the power, save yourself some money.

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just go with the 330i performance package haha jk


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THere is no performance gaisn engine-wise int he e90 for the 2.5 liter. He liks the e46 leave it at that. Also, many problems with earlier e46's have been cured direct fromt he factory, and thus safety is gained when purchasing this model from a dealership.

I dont really know what tips to give you other than shopping around. Other stuff is basic. The sports package is a great addition most people love. I dont know exactly wha comes in it. Im surprise dits only $1000. I bet a sportier looking steering wheel and seats come in it along with a stiffer suspension. It owuld be a great addition, especially when you are looking to resell it.


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There is no 2.5 liter e90.

Also, e46 325: 184 hp; e90 325: 215 hp.

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