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      11-26-2008, 01:44 PM   #1
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e46 330ci performance pckg or infiniti g35 coupe

My brother is debating on purchasing a 2004 330ci with performance package or a 2005 g35 coupe. Both cars have about the same mileage an price. I know the g35 has roughly 290hp and the bimmer has 235hp. Any thoughts on which is a better car?
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      11-26-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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you're asking a BMW forum. I'm going to take a wild guess and guess the majority will pick the 330
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you're asking a BMW forum. I'm going to take a wild guess and guess the majority will pick the 330
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330CI ZHP IN A SEC!!!

i had one and loved ittttttttttttttttttttt
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If it's not an E46 M3 then I'll take the G35.
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      11-26-2008, 03:51 PM   #6
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Considered buying a G35 coupe myself - absolutely HATED the clutch and clunky throw. Too stiff and inaccurate. I did like the interior though. Personally I'd take the BMW, but they're both nice overall.
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      11-26-2008, 04:12 PM   #7
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If it's the ZHP then go for it! It looks really sick with the body upgrades and is so much more of a driver's car.
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i like bmw more!
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having owned the e46 zhp (performance package), there's no question that if i were to do it again, i'd buy it again, in a heartbeat.

in 2003, i had a really hard time deciding between the e46 zhp and the g35 coupe. i went for the e46 zhp not just because of what a bmw really is, but because i also realized that the e46 model ages really nicely. if u look at one w/the performance package today, it still makes me go ''daaaaang''. if i saw a g35 coupe.. it just looks bland and outdated. other than that, the handling is not even a debate. the bmw handles better, period.

tell ur brother to not be concerned with the horsepower. just look at each cars' 0-60 and 0-100 times. they're comparable, if not even.
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G35. Also more reliable.
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i like the ZHP, but the G35 might be a tad faster, more raw = more fun. i had it, and it did have a clunky clutch, kinda similar to M3's clunkiness but with more noise, i loved the throws on it vs. any bmw for some reason.

i still love the ZHP... idk, hard to decide!

but hey.. G35 has less problems than bmw. make sure it doesnt have the oil consumption problem in the engine tho
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I had a silver gray '04 330Ci ZHP and I still miss it despite driving an E92 M3 now. It's one of the best looking BMWs ever made IMO, and it is a perfectly balanced car. It won't be quite as fast as the G35, but it will be FAR more rewarding to drive. It will also look a million times better.
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I have a 04 330ci coupe ZHP and my roommate has 05 G35.....he just can't get enough of my car and loves the way it handles...he calls it night and day.
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My vote goes to the ultimate driving machine.

Given the scenario you mentioned I would rather have a BMW than a Nissan.
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the e46 is still the best looking car. better than the g35 or current e92
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