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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 02-25-2011, 10:23 AM
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Starter Replacement.... Here Goes

Ok. I've put off this job as long as I can. I'm going to replace the starter on my car today. Wish me luck. I understand it's not the easiest job on the car! I did have a question. Since I have to remove the intake manifold to do this job, I'm considering replacing with a CAI. I don't really know much about them. Should I do this and if so, who makes a good kit. Thanks
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:35 AM
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Don't bother with the CAI unless you want additional intake sound. Other than that, you won't see any performance gains on an otherwise stock car.

Good luck with your starter project. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the advice Ze. I'll let you know.
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Don't bother with the CAI unless you want additional intake sound. Other than that, you won't see any performance gains on an otherwise stock car.

Good luck with your starter project. Let us know how it goes.
I've always wondered why people put CAIs into an E36 if it doesn't make that much of a difference. Will you see additional performance gains if it is coupled with a performance exhaust?
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If you want to get any meaningful gains, you really need to combine a CAI with a host of other upgrades (MAF, chip/tune, headers, exhaust, etc.). If you don't do all of that stuff in conjunction, you're pretty much throwing your money away.
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Alot of people like the sound of the CAI, and there is alot of debate over the effectiveness of the stock airbox. You can get a similar CAI sound from "debaffling" the airbox, although the later E36s have a different airbox design if I recall that can't be debaffled.

CAI's are also alot easier to work around in the engine bay, and are alot faster to remove than the airbox. If you want one pick up a used one, and don't pay more than $50 or so for it or you're just wasting money if your car is stock.
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