Drive the two with the same trans auto or manual and see what will be suitable for your needs. What these numbers can't tell you is how cohesive and right the whole car feels, with only a slight ride penalty. I'll be 23 at the time of purchase so I don't want to get ahead of myself, but equally if I'm paying 10 grand on a 300, wouldn't it be better to go for the M3 instead? Exterior The 330 sedans and coupes look alike at a glance, but they share no body panels. The 330Ci uses the same interior as the 330i, and was offered with the same options. The limited slip really works. By the way, 325Ci got ten more hp while losing about 10 lb-ft of torque comapred to 323Ci. The E46 was preceded by the E36 and was later replaced by the even better performing and more competent E90 and E92 generation 3 Series.
The fit and finish is standard Acura, i. Brian, you are correct on many points; however, in '96 the choices were E36 bodystyles of a 6 cyl 328 or a 4 cyl 318. But the gap steadily narrows, and it may be only a matter of time before the king is dethroned. Can anybody with a bit more experience shed some light on the subject? This engine produces 225 horsepower and 214 foot-pounds of torque. We have prattled endlessly about the 3-series overall and the 330i in particular regarding their inherent driving pleasures, and it borders on pointless to repeat the accolades here. They quickly played the nickel-dime game with horsepower and introduced the 325 and dropped cruise control, etc, etc, and al la carte items that once were standard. When the E46 came out it started with the 323 and 328 and then when the 330 was release the 323 was rebadged 325.
All 330 models have a 107. The coupes styling also serves the convertible model. So what's the point of six speeds, other than to expect seven or more in some pointless race for a bigger number? The large windshield and the rather tall cabin offer excellent visibility and sightlines. . These numbers vary, of course, based on geographical location, option levels, wear and tear, mileage, and other criteria and only offer a general gauge of value. Dont settle, get the best.
Although the Acura's skidpad performance was minimally better 0. But still, the nagging issue of the extra seven grand must be dealt with. A thumbs up or down for a pair of brands that have dominated our 10Best balloting like no others except Acura's parent, Honda. Good tidings for 330i sedan fans: More power and better handling from a new, North American-only Performance Package. The easiest way to connect to the chatroom is with , a web client that you can run in your browser. Because of the companys sporty image and its reputation for quality, 3 Series models have been popular among first-time luxury-car buyers.
Now that there are two 6 cyl engines I would probably go with the lesser and get some options that are useful. Do you love the 330i Performance Package sedan, but wish all its loveliness came in coupe or convertible body style? I just want to comment on the models as Brian moderated. The E36 M3 had two displacements and two specification. But one puzzles: Is the extra cog really needed, or is it more technological gadgetry like four-wheel steering? The E36 M3 first came out with a displacement of 3. But make no mistake, the Acura 3. A front armrest and a headrest in the center rear seat are standard for the 2003 model year.
Pictures and videos taken while you are driving are strongly discouraged. Why do German cars possess instrument panels with as many buttons, switches, and dials as an offshore oil rig? The front airbags deploy with less force in low-speed impacts. Although I'm very biased I own a 2001 ; Owning a 330 sedan and having driven both 325 and 330, here is my assesment. No kidding about reducing the amount of standard equipment. Like the 330i, the 330Ci is powered by a 2,979 cc M54 inline-6. In addition to the four-door 330i, the lineup includes a 330Ci coupe and convertible. Theme days You're welcome to post anything you want within our rules.
Yet the benefits of this reasonably priced option make us especially yearn for a real M3 sedan. Also, tires will last shorter and cost considerably more. They quickly played the nickel-dime game with horsepower and introduced the 325 and dropped cruise control, etc, etc, and al la carte items that once were standard. Pretty much everything will be more expensive and break more often. The test track revealed numbers that can only be related to a simple lack of rubber. Both 3 Series models promise spirited performance and crisp handling, but the 330 delivers greater exuberance than its 325 companion. Although both cars offer surprising rear-seat accommodations for even a pair of six-footers, the Acura scored slightly better, thanks to a higher roofline.
But what do we do? Production of the 330Ci coupe and convertible Performance Package will begin in March, with the first cars arriving at dealers in April. Safety Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags for the front seats are standard. The seven-large number loomed ominously as our small team loaded up and headed south toward our favored stomping grounds in rural Ohio. For the new buyer though my main point is to suggest the need for careful shopping. After all, if your commute is anything like mine it won't make much difference anyway. After three days of lashing these worthies through the hills and hummocks of the Buckeye State, we faced the same dilemma as when we started: how to pick a winner. A tough combination to beat, especially when it bolsters its image with raw, sideways-by-the-silo driving fun.