Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

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Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby WildKarrde » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:03 pm

http://www.bimmer-mag.com/issues/113/ar ... h6BRBusj2x

Just thought I'd share this great article I found on another car forum.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Yoshi » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:21 pm

I Remember reading that in the magazine. I still don't like 318s.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Dontrusthise30 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:07 am

I <3 M20's.. Although I can certainly appreciate people who enjoy these cars for what they are, I'd only buy a 318 to swap in a s52 or bigger.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Yoshi » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:07 pm

you mean late model 318 lol. No one wants the M10 version.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby 87e30 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:35 pm

Yoshi wrote:you mean late model 318 lol. No one wants the M10 version.


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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:22 am

I like my M10!

Well when it wasn't running on 3 cylinders I did.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Yoshi » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:24 am

It's more than the M10. Things like the drum rear. It's def the least refined of the E30s.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:14 pm

I'll give you that. I had no idea how decontented they were until I got mine. And holy crap is the ride soffffftttttt.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby M20_fever » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:26 pm

m20 for sure. I've owned both and the 318 was fun, but always left me wanting more.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Ryki » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:00 pm

Well, I'll add a chip to my M42 and off road it until it breaks. If it breaks before my road going M20 does then oh well and if it doesn't then something must have been done right : )
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby WildKarrde » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:55 pm

I've never owned an M42... but I've driven some. The car is slightly more balanced with the 4 cylinder, I'll give you that. But personally, it just doesn't have enough torque to be as fun as an M20. If I ever got an M42 it would be turbocharged.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:12 pm

My m42 was pretty quick, I liked the amount of power it had, just enough for the courses I run locally, but I do agree that it needed a tad more torque.... Just not enough oomph to get it going out of a tight corner. They are definitely momentum cars.

Looking at getting a m20 car now..., maybe.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Yoshi » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:03 pm

Really? all I felt from the M42 was "COME ON!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO". Admittedly, the M20 was simply: "*snickers* it's so slow"
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby ten2doyle102 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:09 am

Yes, on courses with long straights it was a pain, but I don't run courses like that. We hardly ever get above 50 mph. I literally stay in second gear the whole track so the motor lives right in its power band for most of the course.
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Re: Which “is” is More Fun to Drive: The 318is or the 325is

Postby Yoshi » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:18 am

I felt that way in corners too. The 318 dove marginally less
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