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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:34 PM
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Real 0-60 times

So a quick question on real life 0-60 times. I just purchased a 2004 325i with only 30000 miles on it.The car is in great shape, rides and drives great and feels very quick at off the line and at the top end. Well I had to take the 325 into the shop and they gave me a 3 year old 328, stick,as a loaner. I knew it would be faster than my 325 but WOW I wasn't prepared for how much faster. So I did a couple quick 0-60 runs with mine and came out at 9 seconds.

Now I know the published for this model is in the 7.2 range and I am truly not looking for straight speed, I like to drive, but is a 9 second 0-60 run reasonable for this car? If not any suggestions on getting this time down a bit? Is the a Vanos issue I am compiling a list of things that I would to do for this car but these things need to be spaced out a bit.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:37 PM
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If you`re looking for straight-line acceleration, you`re in the wrong house. E46s are all about going fast around twisty back roads, but not on the drag strip....
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:53 PM
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If you`re looking for straight-line acceleration, you`re in the wrong house. E46s are all about going fast around twisty back roads, but not on the drag strip....
Agreed. Plus, let's say you got your 0-60 to 9 seconds. What about people with 8,7,6,5,4,3,2 and 1(yes they exist) second cars? You will always want to go faster.

It's a lot easier to make a car handle better than go faster. Your car is famous for it's handling, don't worry about the power or 0-60(which is an almost useless stat in my eyes anyway).


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Old 10-02-2013, 06:25 PM
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I agree completely, like I said I like to drive and this car certainly drives. I was just wondering if that time was typical for the 325, I also discovered the sport mode that picks things up a bit too.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:28 PM
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My car is supposed to go 0-60 in 5.6 seconds (Stock ZHP 6MT) and I think the best I've ever gotten was maybe a 6.2 or 6.3. If I was so inclined, I could beat on my clutch all day to get the launch just perfect and get close to 5.6, but why? My car is a MONSTER around the corners and I can dive DEEEEEEEP into a corner before braking and carry my speed all the way through. You may do 0-60 faster in another car, but not many turn and brake (important in REAL driving) as well as your bimmer.
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That stuff didn't even come close to answering his question........
Yes.. 9 seconds is about normal 0-60 for a 325

as far as 0-60 being useless, I find 0-60 and quarter mile to be a good judge of day to day driving.... Yes the BMW will do great on a track, but I know you aren't driving on a track every day & I hope you aren't taking turns on the street in the same way you would on a track. However I can indeed see the use of I need to get up to speed quickly. Maybe not drive all out in a quarter mile on the highway, but get off a redlight and infront of some people that won't let you over when you need to make the next exit. .. 0-60 is very useable highway speeds.

But yes.. your BMW is slower than your mother's Hyundai and she thinks it's funny... which is a good reason for me not to visit my mother..
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:40 PM
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Thanks Smolck It was partly your you tubes and discussions that I was thinking of when I took the times. My 325 handles and corners great and is a blast.

Since it is new to me and a little bit older tying to make sure that all is right with the car
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:43 PM
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Thanks Smolck It was partly your you tubes and discussions that I was thinking of when I took the times. My 325 handles and corners great and is a blast.

Since it is new to me and a little bit older tying to make sure that all is right with the car
IIRC, my 323i (when it had an auto) would 0-60 in just under 8 seconds. You could be down on power. I'd have to know your maintenance history though. But if I read your post right, the car only has 30,000 miles. I don't see how the "usual" stuff would be worn out. I'd probably do a fuel filter due to sheer age, but other than that, not much needed at that mileage.

What about a nice clean air filter and a MAF cleansing with CRC MAF cleaner? Cost you $20 and it wouldn't be the first time someone FELT a difference from those things.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:52 PM
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That is right i just turn over 30,000 , Air filter should have been changed on at the check up before I bought it. I dont know about the MAP sensor but I can easily clean it. Maint history is pretty straight forward.

Thanks for the help
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That is right i just turn over 30,000 , Air filter should have been changed on at the check up before I bought it. I dont know about the MAP sensor but I can easily clean it. Maint history is pretty straight forward.

Thanks for the help
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