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Old 01-30-2013, 01:07 PM
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325i - Engine too small or works okay?

BMW dealer emailed me - has 2011 325i in stock and low miles AND is certified so 6 years and 100,000 mile warranty AND 1.9% financing! WOW - sounds great! I google the car - says the 325i with the smaller engine has to work WAY TO HARD as its the same sedan as the 328i with 30 more horse power.

So - take it for test drive or just skip it and wait for a 328i to come up?

Appreciate any feedback - never bought a BMW so this is rookie stuff for me!
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:45 PM
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I would test drive it...then you will know if this engine will work for you.
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2011 325i?????

You mean 323i?

I wouldn't worry about lack of power or anything. It is perfectly fine. My first BMW had only 120hp and I somehow survived the trauma.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:31 PM
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No harm in driving it. But then drive the 328 too. Bet you wait for a 328 to purchase. But then drive a 335. Any you will want that one. You see this can go on and on.

Just depends on what you like and afford for that matter

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BMW dealer emailed me - has 2011 325i in stock and low miles AND is certified so 6 years and 100,000 mile warranty AND 1.9% financing! WOW - sounds great! I google the car - says the 325i with the smaller engine has to work WAY TO HARD as its the same sedan as the 328i with 30 more horse power.

So - take it for test drive or just skip it and wait for a 328i to come up?

Appreciate any feedback - never bought a BMW so this is rookie stuff for me!
Google is lying to you. That motor will have not one problem motivating that car.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:49 PM
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2011 325i?????

You mean 323i?

I wouldn't worry about lack of power or anything. It is perfectly fine. My first BMW had only 120hp and I somehow survived the trauma.
He's in Canada so I assume the model offerings are different than they are here in the states.
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No harm in driving it. But then drive the 328 too. Bet you wait for a 328 to purchase. But then drive a 335. Any you will want that one. You see this can go on and on.

Just depends on what you like and afford for that matter

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Exactly. I rented a 320si - the rarer-than-M3 model with a 175hp 2.0L four cylinder. It was slow off the line, but once moving was just fine (and the lighter engine in front was awesome for handing). It had no problem hitting 130mph on the 'Ring.

Of course, it had a proper manual transmission. A 325, 328, or 330 is too slow with an automatic. You really need a 335 then to keep up with soccer moms in their minivans.
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Of course, it had a proper manual transmission. A 325, 328, or 330 is too slow with an automatic. You really need a 335 then to keep up with soccer moms in their minivans.
This is pure BS. All of these cars are quite peppy with an automatic transmission.
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He's in Canada so I assume the model offerings are different than they are here in the states.
There was no 2011 325 in Canada. Must be 323. 2.5 liter I6 engine.
OP, it will be fine, seems like the most popular model in Canada.


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Old 01-30-2013, 08:29 PM
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There was no 2011 325 in Canada. Must be 323. 2.5 liter I6 engine.
OP, it will be fine, seems like the most popular model in Canada.


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Sorry - 323i - was typing too fast!

Glad to hear it might be okay - the fact can get the warranty and BUY from BMW seems like a good deal if the financing is as advertising and that low!

Appreciate your feedback as always and thanks for your help!
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:34 AM
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Don't forget, the base price was pretty low, around $35000. So 1.9% doesn't mean a good deal yet. Push them as much as you can. Should be tons used cars like that, so the dealer will flex.
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BMW dealer emailed me - has 2011 325i in stock and low miles AND is certified so 6 years and 100,000 mile warranty AND 1.9% financing! WOW - sounds great! I google the car - says the 325i with the smaller engine has to work WAY TO HARD as its the same sedan as the 328i with 30 more horse power.

So - take it for test drive or just skip it and wait for a 328i to come up?

Appreciate any feedback - never bought a BMW so this is rookie stuff for me!

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Old 01-31-2013, 08:16 AM
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The old dodge mini van - remember those - always burning blue smoke - was because the engine was too small for that much weight!

BMW - 328 and 323 - same everything except engine is smaller - bmw dealer even said same gas mileage is the same hahahha - so that little engine is working harder and burning more - seems like a crazy combo eh! That's why I'm asking AND I'm not judging - Just reporting! Internet is for information - glad we have it!

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Old 01-31-2013, 11:41 AM
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The old dodge mini van - remember those - always burning blue smoke - was because the engine was too small for that much weight!
Yeah, thats not how engines work.
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