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    I have a 97 323 coupe, it's an auto with 111k
    it feels a little slow for what it is - my old 1.6 corsa felt faster!!

    it has full service history, mainly bmw - last service was at 107k

    any ideas what might make it feel slow - i know it weighs more than a corsa, it's just i thought it would be abit quicker than it is

    heard about the m50 manifold swap - on ebay for around £150 - altough my mate works in a scrap yard so might be able to get 1 from him

    Thanx
     
     

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    the 6 cylinder engines give a very relaxed power delivery...they feel slow until you put them next to another car.
    if you have access to the parts then this manifold swap is a very worthwhile mod i believe
    what i've felt,what i've known
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    I feel exactly the same about my 325, especially after coming from a heavily modified 328 and a Civic Type R.. However, as Mark said, as soon as you actually step back from your car to another, and then back again, you do appreciate that it's not as lazy as it appears..
     
     

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    thanx guys, suppose that sounds about right, maybe i should try drive a different car then mine again

    think i'l try source the parts for the manifold swap too
     
     

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    might be worth getting a diagnostic done before you start upgrading as there could be faults like cam or crank sensors etc causing power loss
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    the 6 cylinder engines give a very relaxed power delivery...they feel slow until you put them next to another car.
    if you have access to the parts then this manifold swap is a very worthwhile mod i believe
    Seconded. My 328 never 'feels' in a hurry because it's smooth, fairly quiet and the gears are pretty long so you don't have the frantic changes of a lesser car.

    But get it alongside some Vectra SRi POC and it'll (effortlessly) leave it for dust...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav323coupe View Post
    I have a 97 323 coupe, it's an auto with 111k
    it feels a little slow for what it is - my old 1.6 corsa felt faster!!

    it has full service history, mainly bmw - last service was at 107k

    any ideas what might make it feel slow - i know it weighs more than a corsa, it's just i thought it would be abit quicker than it is

    heard about the m50 manifold swap - on ebay for around £150 - altough my mate works in a scrap yard so might be able to get 1 from him

    Thanx
    The manifold doesn't bolt straight on.

    Drop me a pm if you want it doing properly.
     
     

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    Remember you are being pushed along by rear wheels, not dragged along by front wheels.

    This is a different sensation as the power is deployed in a different area. Thats how I felt when I first got a Beema.
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