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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 12-05-2016, 02:14 PM
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Help with upgrade options

Hi guys, I have a 90 325i that I'm starting to get bored with. I've completely upgraded the suspension with Bilstein sports/H&R's, all bushings, etc. Last year I completed a full body restoration and custom respray/color change to British racing green.

The problem is I'm thinking heavily about selling it because I'm just bored with now. My thoughts are if I can find some engine upgrade options to breathe some new life into it I'll keep it, otherwise I'll let it go as I'm trying to find a nice e36 project.

I've heard mixed things on stroker builds, and I don't want to invest in a swap or fi for a car I'm not sure if I want to keep. I'm thinking a 2.8 stroker with a war chip and cam, but not sure. I don't want to make a $1500 investment to gain 20hp.

Ideas are appreciated, thanks guys!
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:44 PM
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Sell/swap it for an E36 and let someone else enjoy the E30.
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:51 AM
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Sell/swap it for an E36 and let someone else enjoy the E30.
Exactly only you can make your decision. Many of us might say sell and some might say keep it.
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Old 12-06-2016, 04:32 PM
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He's bored with it, he says forced induction and engine swaps are out, and doesn't want to do any substantive mods to the M20...so what other option is there?
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BMW-CCA #441426 Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know, and I don't care!

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Old 12-06-2016, 07:30 PM
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My question was not whether to keep it or not, but rather if there were some power upgrades short of fi or swaps that have a decent gain for investment. Yes I am a bit bored with it but I still love the car.

Perhaps I'll just keep it the way it is.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:00 PM
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A chip for the ECU can make some difference. Get a brand name one, not a knock-off copy.
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BMW-CCA #441426 Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know, and I don't care!

1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira"; 1985 635CSi "Katja"; 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"; 1987 325is "Odette"

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Old 12-06-2016, 08:52 PM
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I've got a Turner chip already. I was actually thinking about upgrading to the Miller PSIK with a war chip. I've heard good things about it. I'm still on the fence about building a stroker. I've heard from some they give a good power gain and others have said its marginal.
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