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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:06 PM
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e36 Model Questions.

Hello!

I am new to these forums. My name is Stuart and I drive a '95 Volvo 850. Ive always enjoyed European cars.

My favorite though, is the e36 BMW. I am going to sell the 850. It has been a great car but it is time to move on. I want more power and handling ability. I have recently been looking at e36 cars, but there are so many models to choose from. I'm definitely a BMW n00b so it would be greatly appreciated if you could help me with all of the different models.

Basicly, what is the difference between 318i, 318is, 325i and 328i? I'm sure there are more, but this is what I have run in to. The most popular being 318is.

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Old 10-02-2007, 04:21 PM
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Hey buddy, welcome to the fest

Biggest difference is of course the engines

318i and 318is - 1.8 and 1.9 (140bhp)
320i - 2.0 (150bhp)
325i - 2.5 (189bhp)
328i - 2.8 (192bhp)

Other differences include suspension, exhausts and brakes

What are you looking for?
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:29 PM
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Well, a car that is fast not only in a straight line. A problem I had with the 850 is that there were almost zero performance upgrades.

Which car handles the best?
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:09 PM
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Go for an M3 Stuart...

It's the top of the line and an excellent car... Whenever you can afford one of course
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Don't get a 318 for sure..

Try for a M3 as he said. But if thats too pricy go for a 328is. You should deff be happy with one.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:21 AM
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I would go for a 328i or 328is over an M3

Cheaper insurance, cheaper to buy, cheaper to fix, more parts available and not a MASSIVE difference in performance if you mod it right (not too expensive either)
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Stuart, stick with the 850. ... a BMW 850 if you can get your hand on one. (my dream car when I was a kid).

But as has been previously posted with the E36 the bigger the engine the better. Also watch out for interior trim. There were a huge number of different trim optiions. Try get one that loaded with all the goodies.

The E36 is now that age where you can still get cars that are in perfect condition, fully loaded and cheap as chips prices. Avoid any car that looks a little tatty or uncared for.
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Thanks for all of the advice guys.

I am looking around for a 325i or 328i. It looks to be a good choice with the better engine and better response to performance upgrades unlike the 318. Also, I really love the sound of a nicely tuned N/A I-6.

And yes, I would get an M3, but its not in my price range. The only e36 car I have driven was an nice M3 owned by a family friend. Very fun experience. (Well, there is one but it has 210,000 miles and has not been taken care of. yuck.)

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edit: Whats the difference between the 328i and 328is?
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the 328i is a 4door and the 328is is a 2 door my 328i is very fun to drive but i would amagine that the 328is is even better.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:40 PM
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Good to know, 328is is my priority but well see...
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...are you sure that is right?

You saying that ALL 2 doors are 328is in the USA?
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Get 325 or 328 they fun to drive.

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the 328i is a 4door and the 328is is a 2 door my 328i is very fun to drive but i would amagine that the 328is is even better.


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So is mine mate, but maybe a US thing

I think it was a rash post myself as am sure you can get normal 328i coupes in the States
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Stuart, stick with the 850. ... a BMW 850 if you can get your hand on one. (my dream car when I was a kid).

But as has been previously posted with the E36 the bigger the engine the better. Also watch out for interior trim. There were a huge number of different trim optiions. Try get one that loaded with all the goodies.

The E36 is now that age where you can still get cars that are in perfect condition, fully loaded and cheap as chips prices. Avoid any car that looks a little tatty or uncared for.
The only 850 worth keeping is the CSi. The rest are all sleds. Great, nice cars, but sleds.
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The only 850 worth keeping is the CSi. The rest are all sleds. Great, nice cars, but sleds.
That the one I was talking about.

http://www.ssip.net/manufacturers/bm...mw-850-csi-e31

I would still love to buy one as a second car, but definitely not for everyday driving, It would cost too much but also to keep it in pristine condition.

I still think it is the most beautiful car BMW has ever made.

Unfortunately it is less than 10 years since the last was manufactured and they are holding their prices fairly well.
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Doesn't much matter. He has a Volvo 850, not the BMW 850.
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I would go for a 328i or 328is over an M3

Cheaper insurance, cheaper to buy, cheaper to fix, more parts available and not a MASSIVE difference in performance if you mod it right (not too expensive either)
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trust me there ae tons of threads about the difference between 4 door and 2 door in the u.s. and im 99% sure that all 2 doors are is's andall 4 doors are i's
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