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Hi Guys,

I am looking to purchase my first BMW and I'm after some information.

I am looking at getting a e36 320i, 323i or 325i any advice?

My main question is, what's the difference between the 323i and 325i? I have seen they are both 2.5L but the 323 is 170bhp where as the 325 is 192bhp.
Is there any advantage to getting a 323 over a 325? As I'm sure I would enjoy the extra 20 or so bhp!!

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the 323 is restricted by the smaller inlet manifold and throttle body. This can be changed by using the inlet manifold from a 325 with some mods.
325 has an Iron block, the 323 has an alloy block with Nickail cylinder liners.
Ive got a 325 and I love the engine :D
 

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i agree with steve, 325 is a good engine, just a shame that my STUPID mrs has crashed it twice in a month..............ahahahahahhaahahhaahah.

sorry about that. anyway, go for the 325.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies!

the 323 is restricted by the smaller inlet manifold and throttle body. This can be changed by using the inlet manifold from a 325 with some mods.
325 has an Iron block, the 323 has an alloy block with Nickail cylinder liners.
Ive got a 325 and I love the engine :D
Do you know if the weight saving of the alloy blocks makes any difference to handling?

Steve, what's yours like on juice? That was one thing that was steering me towards a 320.
 

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Don't think I can afford a 1999, my budget is £1000 at absolute max!! The more under that the better!

Think a 325 is sounding like the best option then, gonna have to convince the missis that we can afford to run a 2.5 now!! lol

Anything to look out for? Common problems? Is high mileage a problem if it's been looked after? I've seen a few 150,000 plus.
Also Is there much difference between the coupe's and saloons? I proffer the look of the coupe's but proffer the price of the saloons! lol
 

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325i ........ straight cars, top bhp figure so no f*cking about with changing manifolds, worrying about M52 nikasil issues - just get one and start driving!
 

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Not being prejudice but I had a 323i coupe and after reading some reviews on various websites, the 323i engine was on top. You need to be aware that most BMW engines need to run on a good grade fuel (Shell, Esso, BP) not cheap stuff from Tescos or Asda. The reason for this without going too technical is that crap fuel does damage to the piston linings and you will end up having to buy a new engine. I only know this as a BMW specialist who used to service my old 323i told me. After that I only ever used Shell/Esso and it ran sweet as a nut for 2 years until I had to sell it due to getting the wife up the duff!
 

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to be honest i never noticed any difference between my 318 and 325 for fuel
Same as Bucky. I only do 6 miles a day and average 29mpg on the computer.
On a run its really good! I get near on the same miles from a tank in my 325 as i did in my 318. Usually about 350ish miles.
I do agree with DSK, you can just get the 325 and there is no messing around with manifolds etc
Nothing wrong with the 323 though.
Its up to you, as long as you find the right car you will enjoy either :thumbsup
 

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Hi,
Not being prejudice but I had a 323i coupe and after reading some reviews on various websites, the 323i engine was on top. You need to be aware that most BMW engines need to run on a good grade fuel (Shell, Esso, BP) not cheap stuff from Tescos or Asda. The reason for this without going too technical is that crap fuel does damage to the piston linings and you will end up having to buy a new engine. I only know this as a BMW specialist who used to service my old 323i told me. After that I only ever used Shell/Esso and it ran sweet as a nut for 2 years until I had to sell it due to getting the wife up the duff!
sounds like you spent all your money on good fuel and didnt have anything left for condoms:rofl
i did the same twice:lol
 
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