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07-18-2002, 04:03 PM
I actually race a CRX in ITA and would like to ask street question for you guys. I am looking for a daily driving street car, minimum requirement is that its RWD, as I'd like to experience the difference of RWD to FWD. Although I would like to own a classic japanese sportscar (Z, celica, 7) and would settle for a beater, I'm also thinking on the other side of the spectrum to get a nicer vehicle that isnt older than me and only half my age (240sx, BMW 3 E30+).

So, can you guys comment on the sportiness of non-M model BMW coupe, like 320es or a 318i? Reliability, maintenence and robustness are a factor. Or are non gutted and race prepped BMW's sluggish and overweight with incapable sporty suspension? (knowing me, ill probably upgrade the suspension anyway)


James Clay
07-18-2002, 04:27 PM
My choices, probably in order of both price and preference are:
89-91 325i
87-88 325i
90-91 318is
84-85 318i

The 325i can be faster than the E30 M3 due to torque. I like the 318is also - similar in feel to the M3, but with less power.

All are very capable with stock or aftermarket suspension - most E30 cars are very similar in character. Power is the biggest factor.

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07-18-2002, 05:09 PM
Thanks for your input. Would you recommend an early E36 coupe? Is it worth it (mechanically) to buy the newer BMW?