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Old 01-06-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I just bought my daughter her first car; a '99 323i and she is absolutely thrilled. Her Mom has a '00 323i. The ladies have spent quite a few moments eyeballing the cars. My wife asked me why the trunk was higher the '99 than on the '00, so I started looking. There's a difference in the heights.

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The 2000 is a 5spd with 124k on the clock and it rides fine as far as I'm concerned.

The 99 is an automatic with 169k miles on it. I guess it rides okay. I've only put about 100 miles on it and it was all highway.

Does the 2000 have a problem? Pics:

The 2k:



The '99:

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Old 01-06-2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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one probably has a broken spring or 2, rear springs are known to be a weak part
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Now off to search "broken spring"
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Maybe the 00 has a sport suspension and the 99 doesn't My 00 sits the same way as your 00 before I dropped me even more
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:49 PM   #5
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did you purchase the 2000 brand new??? if not, i think the original purchaser chose 5spd and sport suspension. is the fronts of the cars the same height?

measure from the lip of the fender well down to the ground. also, is the spare in both cars?? maybe your daughters car is missing the spare.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:06 PM   #6
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both sidewalls 55? top one looks to be a little taller, could be just my eyes though
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:56 AM   #7
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Never measure from the lip to the ground. To many factors in the tire sizing and inflattion with throw it off. Measure from the lip to the center of the wheel. That way well size and tire size differances will not matter!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies, fellas!

A little more info:

The 2000 has new 60s. Measurements from the lip to the center of the wheel in inches are:

LF 13 7/8
RF 13 7/8
LR 13 1/4
RR 12 7/8

The 99 has worn 55s. Measurements:

LF 14 3/8
RF 14 1/4
LR 14 1/16
RR 13 1/2
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:34 PM   #9
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Sounds like or has sport and one doesn't. Why is it that the right rear sits lower? My car did that aswell and so does my friends e36. Hmmmm
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almost like the right rear spring on the 2000, and the right rear on the 99, could both have a broken spring! op, just take your rear wheels off and compare the springs from the left to the right. one will either look like it had broken or be shorter.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:35 AM   #11
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Sport suspension VS non sport suspension... Are the front seats different b/w the 5spd and the auto? Easiest way to tell a sport package b/c sport seats are different. If not, may just be sag as the shocks are getting old.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:03 PM   #12
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Without looking at them again (we had a winter storm in the SE and I haven't been poking around the cars), the first thing I noticed about the seats is in the 5spd they have a section that pulls out, I'm guessing for more support under your thighs. You pull on a handle under the front and center and pull it out. The seats in the auto are conventional or one piece or normal...

I just looked at your location. I guess you are very aware of the winter storm. Also, I bought this car off a guy who works at Time Warner on Arrowood.
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Yeah, quite a bit of snow here too haha. Was out messing around in it earlier. To answer your question, the 5spd has Sport Seats which means it should have the Sport package. Sport package came with a slightly lower suspension. This is why it sits a little lower then the automatic with the conventional seats (non-sport package). Nothings broken, everything's fine!
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