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Old 09-03-2010, 01:59 AM   #46
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Watch your mouth kid, your too quick to run your mouth about shit you know NOTHING about and acting like an Internet tough guy isn't gonna get you anywhere, if you woulda kept your mouth shut after your first post you woulda been ok. But you say the same thing over and over cause you THINK you are right when you know NOTHING.
wtf is this?
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:03 AM   #47
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Id go with the e36 since its safer and a better balance of...everything.

but the e30 is going to be a bit more raw(Which to many incl me is more fun)

if its just a weekend car id go with the e30.

something youll be using daily in the summer e36. My opinion obviously and everyones will vary.
so I pretty much nailed it in the first reply.

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:43 AM   #48
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Maybe I can throw in a wrench...

How do you guys feel about the E30 IX (all wheel drive) versions?

What if I keep the E90 for summer only and get an E30 IX for year-round?
Any experienced E30 IX owners? Or folks who have driven one?

As noted, I will only really need 2x cars in the summer months.

Just wanted to mix things up a bit, as I know the E36 generations does not have all-wheel drive.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:31 PM   #49
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I thought the ix was the bees knees, in the winter it is, but I don't drive mine in the winter. It's an oxymoron I know. Don't judge me.

In the summer months the ix is a fail for me because the handling just isn't there. Understeer is the big one and donuts are non-existent.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:42 PM   #50
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I would have thought all-wheel drive would be fun all year in terms of handling...?

My father has an '03 impreza wagon and it has been fun to drive during the summer when I needed it to carry stuff from point A->B.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:14 PM   #51
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I've owned two IX's - sedan and touring, and found them to be an astoundingly capable, well-balanced snow car.

(I switched to the Volvo V70R for winters (also an amazing car) to have a vehicle that takes three child seats in the back.) I don't mind the 300hp or 295 lb ft of torque either.

I agree with Dave, that compared with the other E30's that I know well, - 318is, 325is, M3, the steering and handling is noticeably more numb in the IX. Less fun in the summer, but unbeatable in the winter.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #52
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why not spend like 10k and get an e46 330i?
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:49 PM   #53
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Hey man,

Firstly, the e36 does have more parts dual cam, 6 coils, more sensors to fail, the list goes on and on.

Regarding the last few comments in the discussion about ix's I'd personally tell people to stay away from them unless you have $$$. Price and availability of parts put 4wd e30's in a totally different maintenance category bordering M3 territory.

I think there are many good valid points given in favor of both cars here. The number one consideration is image, what kind of car does the OP want to drive?

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lol

1)at the comement posted about e36 dashes.....that the biggest problem with e30 interiors!!!

2) at e36's having more parts?

They are both great cars, both easy to work on, both are above average perfomance for the cost, and both are a blast on the track and at autocross.

I think the OP needs to go to some events and catch rides with owners of both cars and get a feel for both cars to make a decission.

One bonus of the e36 is also the fold down rear seats, it's amazing what you can fit in a car with them.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #54
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Hey man,

Firstly, the e36 does have more parts dual cam, 6 coils, more sensors to fail, the list goes on and on.

Regarding the last few comments in the discussion about ix's I'd personally tell people to stay away from them unless you have $$$. Price and availability of parts put 4wd e30's in a totally different maintenance category bordering M3 territory.

I think there are many good valid points given in favor of both cars here. The number one consideration is image, what kind of car does the OP want to drive?
Really how often do cams go, and has coils instead of distribute cap and wires, valves do not need to be adjusted and stronger rocker arms, both motors have different parts, not to mention alot of E30' have had e36 motors swapped in.
Also the timing chain lasts alot longer then the timing belt system in the M20.

You can get alot more out of the m50 series of motors dollar for dollar then the m20.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:44 PM   #55
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Forgot to add, self tensioning serpintine belt compaired to manully adjusted v belts and alot lower steering ratio lock to lock in the e36
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I would have thought all-wheel drive would be fun all year in terms of handling...?

My father has an '03 impreza wagon and it has been fun to drive during the summer when I needed it to carry stuff from point A->B.
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:30 PM   #57
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Grazie, @davericher20, grazie!
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:05 PM   #58
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Thats why I love my E90 so much...?
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:42 PM   #59
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Thank-you dave for reposting that video to help people understand.

I DO NOT recommend awd for anyone who enjoys driving. AWD is for my parents that like to go from A to B without caring or noticing anything other than the car is moving. My e30 has an LSD and with snows in the winter I have nada a problem getting around.

However, the rest of the year AWD'ers are sacrificing road feel, fuel economy, handling, accelerating, braking, reliabilty, and cost shortfalls compared to their rwd counterparts.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:58 AM   #60
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that video is ridiculous and would be different for another set of cars..
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