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E46 Xi Forum
The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by White_Knuckles View Post
Wow I'm thinking this may be a run-away thread? The 325 series was designed as an "entry level luxury sports sedan". In a world market, BMW needs to fit diverse buyers that have no loyalty to the brand. They target safety, quality, appearance, mileage and.... Sportiness? Yeah they do better then most poor excuses out there with "sport" implied.

But are they fast? That would be subjective to each owner. Example, if your prior ride was a 4-banger Mazda, then your XI would be a freakin' road burner. But if your new car market wants decent mileage and reasonable performance, don't forget some luxury, then they hit the target.

Let's take your basic 325XI with an automatic and take a virtual butt dyno trip onto a freeway on-ramp. We all, well most of us, stuff the pedal in Sport mode to test acceleration when we need to get to speed. This of course is a required test every now and then to make sure the engine still works. The car will pull well not pinning you to the seat exactly but will make a Prius get smaller in the mirror quickly. (tee-hee) I would check the "adequate" box under the performance catagory.

It's a fun car to drive. AWD works great. The thing has surgical steering and fine stoppers. It's actually fun year around. Am I sorry I didn't get an M5 with a 5-point harness? No, for most 325 buyers we're good with what they delivered. If you find yourself looking at the redline "30 times a day" brother, you got the wrong model. These are targeted for an average world consumer certainly not the performance crowd.

The point is, we can drive a 30 thousand dollar car for a 10 grand investment with plenty of life, luxury and fun left. What could be better?
Spot on.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:35 AM   #22
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$13,000 is a bit on the high end for a 325 with 100k. I'm sure your can find a 330 for the same price and get a little more bang for your buck with virtually the exact same options. Considering that XI's weight a good bit more, that extra HP is worth it. The price of the 325 & 330 are basically the same these days for a E46. Just a thought...
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:56 AM   #23
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My Ride: 05 545i & 03 325xi

Well I got to test drive another 325xi yesterday. This one was also a 05. The power was the same, but the engine was much smoother. Didn't have the loud growl like the first. Seems like the first ones engine was not taken car of.

I would say the power was about the same, which I'm good with, it was the smoothness of the engine that concerned me the first time. Still searching though, want to drive a 330 first before I make my choose.

Thanks everyone here for your help.
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