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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 08-04-2006, 04:31 AM
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Newbie: E36 318is - What first?

Hi!

I just bought my first BMW yesterday! What a feeling! - Bet some of you wish you were back there!

Anyways, I ended up with a 1995 318is Coupe. I would have preferred a 325 but I don't think I can afford the fuel etc.

Looking for a bit of advice - I fitted a pipercross induction to my last car and that was about all, so I was looking for info on what to fit first. Will I get a bit more HP by fitting an induction? What's your recommendations there? Can anyone tell me about the m50 manifold - what is it, and what does it do for performance? (sorry if I'm a bit newbish - just haven't really had time to look under the hood much yet!). Finally, I'm not a big one for lots of noise, but a nice straight through exhaust might be nice - any recommendations on setups there?

I live in Glasgow, UK - anyone local on the forum that could point me to a good garage to get work done would also be fantastic.

Thanks a million!

Ali
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:14 AM
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K&N induction is a very good start mate. better throttle response, better sound (at higher RPM)......just generally better all round really.

I got mine from ebay - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/E36-BMW-HYBRID...QQcmdZViewItem

Personally i would only ever use K&N but that is personal choice. i tested most of the well known makes when i raced, and always found K&N to be the best. if you dont want to shell that kinda money out, just go for a K&N without the heatshield.

After that i dont really know, but it seems that most people start there. i did and am REALLY happy with it. one of the best 170 quid i have spent.

There is a BMW owners day in Warwickshire on the 20th August, will get loads of ideas there (i am traveling 200 miles each way for it)
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Old 08-04-2006, 08:32 AM
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Thanks Pirate_copy, much appreciated.

I think that'll be the first mod I make. Is it easy enough to fit? The previous car was easy enough - but then again, there were no mounting brackets or anything for it - it just held loose where the old airbox used to be!

I'll pay full price for the K&N because I noticed it made a difference when I went for the full shebang the last time, my mate just went for a cheappy and it wasn't nearly as nice. Defo going for K&N this time, my brothers K&N made a huge diff on his Clio 1.4, more so than a pipercross - I guess they must just make better kit.

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it is really easy to fit, just one bolt and two clips. For the price the gains are very big. the sound above 4000revs is amazing too.

Not knocking Pipercross at all, as they are a good filter but not a patch on K&N (personal opinion of course).
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