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Old 11-13-2013, 06:04 PM
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07' 328i Coupe Modification Questions

I am somewhat new to the bimmer world so I don't really know much about them, but I'm not ignorant. I know a lot about models and stuff but I'm not quite sure how to get the most power out of one. I'm about to buy a 07' 328i Coupe and I wanted to know what mods I can do to get the most out of it. And when I say most I mean push it to it's limit. But then again I don't want to be spending loads of money. Note: I'm an 18 year old about to start college next year so I'd like to save as much money as possible.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:01 PM
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you purchased a 328 and not a 335 or a M3...your 18 and about to start college...you want to push it to the limit...you want to save money...

College, saving money, BMW's...these aren't normally in the same conversations.

As a FOWG (fat old white guy) drive your car, get the girls, save your money, get your degree. Diploma will pay off in the long run a lot more than the speeding tickets you get racing some WRX from stoplight to stoplight.

Mod your car when you are out of school and in your career and have a good paycheck.

Not trying to be a smart ass, just my opinion.

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Old 11-13-2013, 09:23 PM
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:06 AM
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you purchased a 328 and not a 335 or a M3...your 18 and about to start college...you want to push it to the limit...you want to save money...

College, saving money, BMW's...these aren't normally in the same conversations.

As a FOWG (fat old white guy) drive your car, get the girls, save your money, get your degree. Diploma will pay off in the long run a lot more than the speeding tickets you get racing some WRX from stoplight to stoplight.

Mod your car when you are out of school and in your career and have a good paycheck.

Not trying to be a smart ass, just my opinion.
What he said. Except I'm neither fat nor old.

Good mods cost money and "on the cheap" budget mods won't offer any appreciable differences. You'd be better off buying a 335 if you absolutely needed more power.


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Old 11-14-2013, 06:42 AM
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Most HP gains on a 328 would be very modest and in the 5 -10 HP range and would be fairly expensive. Expect $1200 range for stuff like new exhaust system and things of that nature. It is probably in your best interest to leave it alone and enjoy what you have. Like the others have said above, save your money and spend it on college.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:47 AM
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I wouldn't spend a dime modding a 328.

HP per dollar just isn't there.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:51 AM
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The most noticeable mod you can do power wise is a tune like from active autowerks.

Exhaust, intake etc will yield maybe 1-2 HP. I would skip these unless you want more noise.

You increase throttle response but gain little power.

Only worth while mods left to do on a 328 are suspension mods. You can't push much more out of the engine without spending over $2000.
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I am somewhat new to the bimmer world so I don't really know much about them, but I'm not ignorant. I know a lot about models and stuff but I'm not quite sure how to get the most power out of one. I'm about to buy a 07' 328i Coupe and I wanted to know what mods I can do to get the most out of it. And when I say most I mean push it to it's limit. But then again I don't want to be spending loads of money. Note: I'm an 18 year old about to start college next year so I'd like to save as much money as possible.

FORGET about modding your car. No kiddin'. Exception: Rid yourself of runflat tires when they wear out.

You are now discovering that life in college is a whole lot diff than high school - trust me, don't put anything more into your car - it's a very low priority.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:25 AM
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Re: 07' 328i Coupe Modification Questions

Best mod will cost you $45 + $395. If you have that money, sign up with BMWCCA for 1 year ($45) and then sign up for first high performance driving school they organize in your area ($395).

You will not believe how much faster your car will go on Sunday morning after classes and track sessions on Saturday.

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Best mod will cost you $45 + $395. If you have that money, sign up with BMWCCA for 1 year ($45) and then sign up for first high performance driving school they organize in your area ($395).

You will not believe how much faster your car will go on Sunday morning after classes and track sessions on Saturday.

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Agree 100%.

By the way...FOWG is just slang for a guy over 40. I'm not fat and old sure beats dead.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:46 PM
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Agree 100%.

By the way...FOWG is just slang for a guy over 40. I'm not fat and old sure beats dead.
What's wrong with "FAT"!? We're just built more for comfort.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:51 PM
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you purchased a 328 and not a 335 or a M3...your 18 and about to start college...you want to push it to the limit...you want to save money...

College, saving money, BMW's...these aren't normally in the same conversations.

As a FOWG (fat old white guy) drive your car, get the girls, save your money, get your degree. Diploma will pay off in the long run a lot more than the speeding tickets you get racing some WRX from stoplight to stoplight.

Mod your car when you are out of school and in your career and have a good paycheck.

Not trying to be a smart ass, just my opinion.
Except that 335 is NOTHING more than a heavier 328 with a turbo, the M3 is on a different level.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:24 PM
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Yah think? + on what the others said, BMW has modded the 328 about as far as it can go without boost. Drive it for what it is, a LIGHTER 335 with no turbos.
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Except that 335 is NOTHING more than a heavier 328 with a turbo, the M3 is on a different level.
And my E93 is heavier still.

My point; if you have the money to mod, put it into the base vehicle to begin with.

I raced bikes growing up. We didn't start with a stripped down generic bike and try to build a racer. We started with a race bike and built up from there.

Main idea I was trying to make more than anything; don't put all your funds in college into a car. Get through college with as little debt as possible and spend your free time and money enjoying the experience. Once your out and in a career then you can take on hobbies like cars...or bikes, or boats, or planes etc.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:47 PM
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And my E93 is heavier still.

My point; if you have the money to mod, put it into the base vehicle to begin with.

I raced bikes growing up. We didn't start with a stripped down generic bike and try to build a racer. We started with a race bike and built up from there.

Main idea I was trying to make more than anything; don't put all your funds in college into a car. Get through college with as little debt as possible and spend your free time and money enjoying the experience. Once your out and in a career then you can take on hobbies like cars...or bikes, or boats, or planes etc.
Straight line versus curves, I'll take the lighter and more agile 328 for the curves and the 335 for the quarter mile.
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My heavier 328 smokes even heavier SRT/8's. Can your 328 do that?
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My heavier 328 smokes even heavier SRT/8's. Can your 328 do that?
Come at me bro.
"Weighing in at 3,424 pounds nearly 200 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped 335i our 328i felt, if anything, a smidge more tossable than its turbocharged counterpart. At the track, the 328i snaked through the slalom cones at 68.5 mph, a few tenths quicker than a 335i sedan we tested recently, and braked from 60 mph to zero in 110 feet, 6 feet shorter than that 335i's best stop."

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Come at me bro.
"Weighing in at 3,424 pounds nearly 200 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped 335i our 328i felt, if anything, a smidge more tossable than its turbocharged counterpart. At the track, the 328i snaked through the slalom cones at 68.5 mph, a few tenths quicker than a 335i sedan we tested recently, and braked from 60 mph to zero in 110 feet, 6 feet shorter than that 335i's best stop."

http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/3-series/2008/road-test.html
Not gonna deny the handling is worse. It's still better than 90% of everything else out there however, so I'm good as long as I'm not trying to out-slalom 328's, LOL!
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