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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 03-02-2008, 10:34 PM
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I have a new car =)

My poor totaled 93 325i has risen from the ashes in the form of a 96 328i

Lower miles (126K), perfect condition. Stole it for $4500.
I pick it up tomorrow. =)
I'm excited.

More pics later.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:51 PM
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:54 AM
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Congratulations,

I look forward to the pictures.
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you will love it tons more power than the 325 congrats!!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:06 PM
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Congratulations.
To the above poster, not to be a smart aleck, but the e36 328 only had 1 added hp from the 25. While power isn't only measured by hp, is there something else I'm missing?
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:36 PM
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:50 PM
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Congrats Blue! Enjoy the car!

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To the above poster, not to be a smart aleck, but the e36 328 only had 1 added hp from the 25. While power isn't only measured by hp, is there something else I'm missing?
Yes, there's quite a bit, actually

First off, hp is a derived figure. Its based heavily on the main product engines make: torque. Torque is the part that actually does the work. HP just describes how much work it can do over a certain period of time (ie, power, work through time). The horse part is just an extra number they tossed in there to equate the power an engine had to the power horses had. That way they could say this certain engine does the same work turning this [anything] as 5 horses. Or however many horses.

Torque is what gives the engine it's "oomph". The more torque you have, the more "oomph" you have available to turn the driveshaft. An engine with 190hp and 100ft/lb of torque will feel MUCH different than en engine that has 190hp and 300 ft/lb of torque.

Another factor is where that torque is available from. Some cars with larger engines will have more torque available earlier, which makes an engine feel more powerful. If you have your maximum torque available at 2000 RPM instead of 4000 RPM, then the engine can do the most work it can sooner, so you get more of that power available. Also, it makes the car more engaging to drive. I mean, if your max TQ is available at 5000-6000 RPM, how often are you going to have that available? If your max TQ is available all the way from 2000 RPM to 6000 RPM, then you'll be able to accelerate better and the engine will feel more powerful under normal driving conditions, not just when you're flogging it hard.

Anyway, that's just a brief idea. There are a lot more things that make the 328 quicker and torquier, but I think that and the link I'll give you should be enough to keep you busy for now....lol.

So, read this: http://dmiessler.com/study/horsepower/
Its an excellent guide that gives more depth to the meaning of both torque and horsepower, and explains how they can be used in tandem and independently to get an idea of a car's power, and a bunch of other great info. Bookmark it and reread it avery few weeks, and you'll notice different things you didn't before.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:31 PM
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Uh, quick question.

Engine is CLEAN, purrs like a kitten. But the check engine light is on.
What up with that?
Either way, I'm getting it scanned at Autozone tomorrow.


Only thing I've noticed is the steering is a little tight at low speeds. Otherwise, this thing is a blast.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:11 PM
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Well, if its purring, perhaps you might want to call Animal Control.....that's a little odd.....


CEL could be a number of things. Cam or crank sensors are unlikely if it purrs. That's probably a feline problem. It could be your cats (which would explain the purring....). Or, possibly O2 sensors. All of these are fairly common. Also, less common, but kinda silly, is your gas cap being defective or not put on right. Then there are things like your fuel evap lines and other crap that only comes up rarely.

Anyway, get the codes pulled and let us know.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:41 PM
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Well, if its purring, perhaps you might want to call Animal Control.....that's a little odd.....
Or, if your

CEL could be a number of things. Cam or crank sensors are unlikely if it purrs. That's probably a feline problem. It could be your cats (which would explain the purring....). Or, possibly O2 sensors. All of these are fairly common. Also, less common, but kinda silly, is your gas cap being defective or not put on right. Then there are things like your fuel evap lines and other crap that only comes up rarely.

Anyway, get the codes pulled and let us know.
See, my engine is run by these two calicos in wheels chasing a bit of tuna I brilliantly tied to a string.

Huh. I wonder what the horsepower to catpower conversion is.
Curse you, metric system!
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:16 PM
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See, my engine is run by these two calicos in wheels chasing a bit of tuna I brilliantly tied to a string.

Huh. I wonder what the horsepower to catpower conversion is.
Curse you, metric system!
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:12 PM
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I just wanted to post a few pictures, now that I had the chance to take them (with a camera phone =P)
It'd be nice to get some sans the snow.

Also, I forgot to look under the hood for the exact color. Can anybody here say whether it's Black, Jet Black II, Black Sapphire?

It has a few scratches on the hood. Nothing that can't be fixed by a detailer.







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Old 03-05-2008, 04:51 PM
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Looks good!

From those pictures, no, no one could tell what color it is! Lol. Especially since the last 2 look closer to Green than Black.....lol.

If it has a tiny tinge of purple metallic, its Cosmos Black. Other than that, I can't remember the other E36 colors.
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