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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 02-16-2012, 08:24 PM
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Lightbulb Can I put other BMW parts from different models onto my '94 318is?

Someone had told me the other day that I can put M3 parts onto my 318 so I was a bit skeptical. They said putting other bmw parts from different models is better than modding it...

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:45 PM
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:21 PM
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Depending on your 318 (yr/model) the Legos theory is more for suspension upgrades, if you have an IS model you can add various aesthetic interior parts, As for as performance parts your looking at aftermarket upgrades unless you do an engine swap
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Depending on your 318 (yr/model) the Legos theory is more for suspension upgrades, if you have an IS model you can add various aesthetic interior parts, As for as performance parts your looking at aftermarket upgrades unless you do an engine swap
Say what? Having an IS (i.e. coupe) model has no influence on being able to add aesthetic M3 parts to the interior, since the E36 M3 came in both coupe and sedan (and even so, the only place it matters is with the seats). And the year is irrelevant. All E36s except the ti hatch can openly swap parts.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:56 PM
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Ya I tend to forget about the 4 door m3's (oops) but still there's not alot of performance upgrades to be pulled off an M3 and put on an 318 (maybe exhaust?)
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Exhaust won't work, since the M3 has true dual exhaust from the headers back, whereas the 318 just has single exhaust.
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(ive never owned a 4 door)
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Exhaust won't work, since the M3 has true dual exhaust from the headers back, whereas the 318 just has single exhaust.
Cat back on a 95 M3 won't work? Not that it matters, I don't see much gained if it did
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With a 318, suspension upgrades are going to be all you're really interested in anyways.

Unless you feel like investing a good chunk o dollaz into it. Then you can look into S50 motors, or even better than that.
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No. You can't use M3 exhaust systems on 4-cylinder cars for a couple of reasons.
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And you can slap on all the trim pcs off an M3, and make it look faster...
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:06 PM
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Bumpers, yes. The trim on the siding will be dependent on the whole 2dr 4dr thing. Mirrors are different too.
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With a 318, suspension upgrades are going to be all you're really interested in anyways.

Unless you feel like investing a good chunk o dollaz into it. Then you can look into S50 motors, or even better than that.
This is the only thing that matters. Upgrading the suspension is the only place you can make any kind of improvement with a 318.
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Best bet is to look for aftermarket ish for performance, and maybe (it hurts saying this) use M3 trim for the "look" good effect, CAI won't really effect the performance of the M42/M44 engine, Suspension ya maybe if done right, but I've change all the suspension on my M3 bc I didn't feel it was adequate (too much body roll IMO)
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:21 PM
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Although the Ti did come with an (laughable) Msport package.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:13 AM
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I have a 1994 BMW 318is. And I wasn't only talking about the M3, how about a 330I?
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I have a 1994 BMW 318is. And I wasn't only talking about the M3, how about a 330I?
Definitely not. There is not one part that is a direct bolt on from the E46 to the E36.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:46 AM
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Hm. So any car that's an E36 will match parts? Engine wise and interior/exterior wise.
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Well a 6 cylinder parts wont fit your 4 cylinder engine if that's what you mean.

Exterior/interior: coupe and vert fit coupe and vert. Sedan fits sedan.
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I have a 1994 BMW 318is. And I wasn't only talking about the M3, how about a 330I?
Not sure if you get this but for future reference any E36 with a "1" following the "3" (i.e. 316 or 318) are I4 engines. All other cars (i.e. 323 and 328) are I6.
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Hm. So any car that's an E36 will match parts? Engine wise and interior/exterior wise.
Uh NO, not engine wise by far...
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