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Gizzy8
02-14-2006, 01:04 PM
I was looking at alot of the aftermarket parts for the E36 M3. I noticed that they have seperate parts for just the '95 model and then the same or differn't parts for the '96-'99. I was wondering if theres any difference. I am looking at a couple M3's to buy at the moment but I am decideing what year to look for, if theres no difference in the years then it doesn't matter. If theres anything I should look for when i'm looking over the cars would be appreciated too. Thanks

Bruce
02-14-2006, 04:14 PM
95s have a 3L OBDI motor with a bit less torque (225 vs 236) than the 96+ 3.2 OBDII motor.

The 95s have manual climate control (vs digital on the 96+). I beleive the 95 has a 3.15 diff and the 96+ have a 3.23.

Nothing really to choose one over the other, but the additional torque can make for a slightly better daily driver.

Gizzy8
02-14-2006, 06:32 PM
ok cool, thanks

M-technik-3
02-14-2006, 06:41 PM
Buy the better maintaned vehicle but if all possible the 3.2 with an OBD I conversion makes makes for a nice ride.

Ty Vil
02-26-2006, 05:07 PM
Buy the better maintaned vehicle but if all possible the 3.2 with an OBD I conversion makes makes for a nice ride.
There is NO reason to convert to OBD1 anymore.

Buy a 96+ you don't want to have the valve retainer failure issue.

SoloII///M
02-27-2006, 07:50 AM
There is NO reason to convert to OBD1 anymore.

Buy a 96+ you don't want to have the valve retainer failure issue.

Or just pick up a late-build '95. :dunno:

The S50 motor is a bit sweeter and can rev higher than the S52 can. The '95 cars have faster steering and better front suspension geometry. The '95's have the nicer manual climate control. The shifter and trans is better on the '95. These are all relatively minor differences and people prefer the '96+ cars for many reasons.

I really cannot stress enough that although I much prefer the '95 cars, definitely pick up the nicest, best maintained car you can for the money and don't worry about whether it's a '95, '96, '99, whatever. The year and mileage make much less difference than how the car was cared for.