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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 04-24-2014, 02:24 AM
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So I have bought a 1993 bmw e36 318i and have instantly fallen inlove with everything about the car apart from the power as it's only a 1.8l, I was hoping someone could help me by telling me the best way to increase performance (Smartass remarks will be ignored)


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Old 04-24-2014, 04:01 AM
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If you wanted a faster car why didn't you buy a 6-cylinder version in the first place?
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:33 AM
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Because I wanted this specific one so that's why this question has come up


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There are some threads around here where people put turbos on or convert to a 6-cylinder engine, do a search and you'll find all kinds of information. Either way, I think it is really cost prohibitive, like I said, it would have been better to buy one with a larger engine in the first place.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:22 AM
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There is no way to make a 4-cylinder E36 more powerful without investing thousands upon thousands of dollars. It would be cheaper if you just sold your 318 and bought a 6-cylinder model instead. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you're pretty much stuck with the power your 318 makes unless you want to spend $3000-6000 making if faster. If you want to increase the performance of your car, you should first make sure you are completely caught up on maintenance, and then put your resources toward handling (suspension, wheels/tires, brakes, etc.).

Also, why is this thread titled "P plate troubles"?
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There is no way to make a 4-cylinder E36 more powerful without investing thousands upon thousands of dollars. It would be cheaper if you just sold your 318 and bought a 6-cylinder model instead. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you're pretty much stuck with the power your 318 makes unless you want to spend $3000-6000 making if faster. If you want to increase the performance of your car, you should first make sure you are completely caught up on maintenance, and then put your resources toward handling (suspension, wheels/tires, brakes, etc.).

Also, why is this thread titled "P plate troubles"?
I was wondering the same.

But yeah, Chop, I'll lay it out for you since no one else likely will.

Cold air intake 50~250
ebay performance chip ~60
EBay headers ~200
Catback exhaust 400~1200

You could easily spend 600 to 2 grand just on these basic general performance upgrades and still be struggling to keep up with a stock 325 or 328.

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