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gnetcanada
08-14-2003, 03:54 PM
Hi Guys,

This might be an obvious answer since im posting on a bmw forum, i have owned 4 e36's in the past, but never an automatic sedan.

So my question is what would you keep?

A 1999 Honda Civic SIR (160hp DOHC) 5 speed, or a 1997 BMW 328ia (automatic, 193hp sedan).

Factors:

-Age (a 99 vs 97)
-Performance (sedan vs. nimble civic - auto vs. 5 speed)
-Reliability
-Looks

I need some opinions. I dont know if i would get sick of an auto. I have always driven 5 speed.

Does any body know what to look for when looking at a 97 328ia? Transmission, body, mech? Any problems known that year?

Thanks,

Shawn

Jon@Bimmersport
08-14-2003, 04:00 PM
age - doesnt matter...KM more, both cars are really reliable

performance - a stick 328 can pull faster times than a sir stock...for mods, sir all the way...handling will be way better on the 328, so will hgihway cruising. The whole car by itself is better build quality and engineering...civic is still a grocery getter at the end of the day...i'd rather travel in a comfortable sedan than a tin can.

looks - wat colour sir? they look pretty nice when lowered! but 328 with a body kit and rims looks way better

if the tranny goes on the 328...i got an auto M3 tranny waitin for ya! ha *th-up*

gnetcanada
08-14-2003, 05:01 PM
red sir, lowered already, with aem cai.

stock 328 :-)

bmwm5lover
08-14-2003, 06:01 PM
328, no doubt! we got enough pieces of shyt on the road

SickFinga
08-14-2003, 06:23 PM
the only know problem on e36 328 is a passanger belt sensor.
Your airbag light will go on. I think it is 200 fix from the dealer.

Anyway you already know the answer, 328ia all the way.
if you really wanna do a project and soop the hell outta engine go with SiR, way more mods and cheaper.
Just look for 5spd 328i you won't be disappointed. Just wait for a right car.

Mitch555
08-14-2003, 07:26 PM
Just go with whatever suits your daily driving! I'd personally take the 328 for sure! Good luck with your choice!

Jon@Bimmersport
08-15-2003, 03:58 AM
if u get the sir, and want any honda parts let me know..i have MANY available.

but the 328 stick is so much nicer

gnetcanada
08-15-2003, 03:15 PM
i sohuld probalbly mention i already own the sir, the choice is more along the lines of selling it to buy the 328is

gnetcanada
08-15-2003, 03:16 PM
sorry 328IA!!!

marco328is
08-15-2003, 04:13 PM
Get Rid Of That HoNdA

RiGhT aWaY...............

BackSideWedgie
08-16-2003, 01:29 AM
pfffffftttttt!!! GET DAT HONDA OUTA THERE!! honda are ghey! BMW all da way yo!