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Old 10-05-2005, 06:32 PM   #1
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what are the main differences between 323i vs 328i?

I have had a lot of people try to steer me away from a 323 saying to go with a 328i instead? Can some one tell me what are the main differences between the two models, besides price? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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Take a look at the FAQ

# Q: What are the main differences between the 2000 323i and 328i??
# A: HP/Torque 323i has 170hp/181ft-lb; 328i has 193hp/206ft-lb. BMWNA figures, of course. Most estimates hold both engines to be a bit stronger than that.
# 323i has a Getrag transmission, 328i has a ZF transmission.
# Rear diffrential ratio is 3.11 on the manual 323i and 2.93 on the 328i automatic and the 328i.
# The 328i gets a forged vs. cast crankshaft in the 323i. (Turbo consideration...)
# The 328i gets larger brake rotors 11.8" in front; 11.6" in rear. The 323i gets smaller brake rotors 11.3" in front; 10.9" in rear. Just for reference, an E36 M3 has 12.4" in front; 12.3" in rear.
# The 323i's content was vastly improved for 2000 with the addition of the Sport-Premium Package (now you can get niceties like reading lamps in an "entry-level" 323i)
# The 328i gets Chrome and body-color detail trim. The 323i gets black.
# The 328i gets 4-way power lumbar support. The 323i gets fixed lumbar.
# The 328i gets front seatback storage nets. The 323i non-sport seatsgets none.
# The 328i gets brushed aluminum interior trim; the 323i gets glossy gray.
# The 328i gets an interior electric trunk release; the 323i gets none.
# The 328i gets rain-sensing windshield wipers in it's Premium Package. The 323i gets none in any package.


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I have had a lot of people try to steer me away from a 323 saying to go with a 328i instead? Can some one tell me what are the main differences between the two models, besides price? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Power & Torque in >200 range.

328 (2.8L) gives similar performance as the current 330.

323 is (only) ~170 HP and ~180 lb/ft ...

SIGNIFICANT different between the two (stock vs stock).

have you been to KellyBlue book for car spec lately? if not, pay them a visit for detail.

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Old 10-05-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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get a 323i, the 328 barley feels different. but a 330 zhp...scratch that an m3, now you are talking...you can get a decent used 2001 m3 in the low 30's.
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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328i > 323i
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:31 PM   #6
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get a 328i you'll feel better.
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Old 10-06-2005, 04:03 AM   #7
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how much more do you think insurance should cost for a 328i over a 323 per month, if I was paying around 160/month for a 323i right now?
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Old 10-06-2005, 05:53 AM   #8
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how much more do you think insurance should cost for a 328i over a 323 per month, if I was paying around 160/month for a 323i right now?
probably $5-$10 more per month.
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:42 AM   #9
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328!

The diff. in insurance will barely be noticeable.
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:55 AM   #10
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the difference in car payment IS noticable tho. You can make up the $ dif in mods and be faster.... if you are into that kinda stuff.
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Old 10-06-2005, 08:25 AM   #11
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get a 323i, the 328 barley feels different. .

did you ever use the air con in your 323 ? .. and with a slush box ????
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Old 10-06-2005, 08:48 AM   #12
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get a 323i, the 328 barley feels different. but a 330 zhp...scratch that an m3, now you are talking...you can get a decent used 2001 m3 in the low 30's.
Of course it feels different, it's over 20hp of difference not to mention quite a few more options. Nothing like having a bottom of the line BMW though.
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