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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 11-29-2008, 12:42 AM
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Talking I Have a Stock 328i E36 1998, What performance upgrades should I give to it.

I have a green stock E36 328i 1998, I don't want to just put a loud exhaust system on it, I want to actually put some cool things on it. like a chip and a supercharger, or a turbo. I'm hoping to get around 250 HP and 250 lb/ft toque. or some where in those numbers. Im also kinda on a budget, so I wondered if a super-charger would be a good idea, or a chip. Any suggestions....................
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:45 AM
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on this forum..just like any other forum..SEARCH is your bestest friend. check the stickies up top..i think they have them on the e36 forum here.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:46 AM
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no turbos for e36 . superchargers are better for the engine
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I never got wut you meant by search. Is there a search button???
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The search is on the bar near the top, it says search with a down arrow, click on it and a search box will apear
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:59 PM
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no turbos for e36 . superchargers are better for the engine
Completely incorrect. There are an abundance of threads covering this subject.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:00 PM
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What is your budget ?
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:16 PM
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Nice wheels up rated breaks if u are going to put fast engine init but why bother if u want a supercharged car get a car that is made with one,lower it wheel it (sensible zorst it) u have just did it!
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What is your budget ?
My budget is around $5000, The cars only worth about $9,000 though, so I'm not sure if I would want to put more than half of its value for upgrades.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:18 PM
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If you are only looking to make 250hp, then you really should have just picked up an M3. I found due to the age of our cars that suspension upgrades really add a lot to the driving enjoyment.
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If you are only looking to make 250hp, then you really should have just picked up an M3. I found due to the age of our cars that suspension upgrades really add a lot to the driving enjoyment.
I am just getting my license, and my dad gave me this car, so I didn't have much of a choice in an M3 vs. 328i, I'm not just looking for more hp and torque, I want a car that over all goes faster and preforms better!!!!! What type of suspension upgrade did you get, how much did it cost, and how do you like it?

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:06 AM
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I am just getting my license king for more hp and torque, I want a car that over all goes faster and preforms better!!!!!
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I'm going to get flamed but so be it.....

As someone who just got their license, the last thing you need is more torque and HP. What you need is driving skills. You don't have the skills to fully use the HP and torque you have, and until you get some experience more power will just put you and others in danger. If you want to go fast, invest in some performance driving classes....this will let you go faster with what you have and have a lot more fun. A 328i have can go plenty fast, especially in cornering and top end...certainly fast enough for you lose your license quickly if you aren't carful Good tires are also a very cost effective way to get more performance.

yes I am a dad and my 11 year old has claimed my 328 for his first car...so I'm practicing

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:42 AM
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I am just getting my license, and my dad gave me this car, so I didn't have much of a choice in an M3 vs. 328i, I'm not just looking for more hp and torque, I want a car that over all goes faster and preforms better!!!!! What type of suspension upgrade did you get, how much did it cost, and how do you like it?

Thanx
I have the UUC stage 4 suspension http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/ It includes Sachs spring/shocks + UUC sway bars. I purchased them at different times based on the deals offered at the time, and it ended up setting me back $880 total.

I recommend this set up to anyone. It really tightened up the handling, and body roll as well as lowering the cars stance a bit. It's a great street setup. If I were going to track the car I would have gone the coilover route, but I'm just a spirited back road bomber so this setup is perfect.

You may also want to consider brake upgrades. Going fast is great, but stopping fast is even better.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:16 AM
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Yea lowering your car is perfect for a new driver!!!!!!!! Waiting on "I bottomed out my oil pan/dented my side skirts/curbed my wheels thread."

If you have 5k budgeted for the car save it for maintenance and speeding tickets.

Good god e36's are becoming the new e30's of stupid threads.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:47 PM
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I'm going to get flamed but so be it.....

As someone who just got their license, the last thing you need is more torque and HP. What you need is driving skills. You don't have the skills to fully use the HP and torque you have, and until you get some experience more power will just put you and others in danger. If you want to go fast, invest in some performance driving classes....this will let you go faster with what you have and have a lot more fun. A 328i have can go plenty fast, especially in cornering and top end...certainly fast enough for you lose your license quickly if you aren't carful Good tires are also a very cost effective way to get more performance.

yes I am a dad and my 11 year old has claimed my 328 for his first car...so I'm practicing

We have a track, and I've been practicing!
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I have an 96 328ci, which comes with the X-harness cross brace and added the strut tower brace. It provides great support for cornering. The car came with a 2000 M3 suspension system, 17"rims, skirts, bumpers, etc. It also has the M50 OBD1 intake manifold, dual exhaust and was sharked. All I added was a AFE stage II CAI, 225/45 & 245/40 Kuhmo Tires. The car comes stock with 191 HP and I BELIEVE it is at 235 now. Anyways it tops out at 135 and gets there rather quick. If you mirror those Mods, you should be happy and safe. P.S. I don't think they make a chip for your car, you have to buy a programmer. Ask a Tech to be sure and take the advice from above, search the threads on priority of modifications.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:09 AM
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I would go for the following :
- Do the famous manifold swap of the M50 to gain lots of hp in one step.
- Remap the ECU with the manifold upgrade (Preferably but not essential)
- Change the rear stock muffler.
- CAI
- Reasonable lower suspension kit. (not coilover)

This should be lower than your 5000$ and you can reach 230hp.
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I WANT TO GET PULSPLUG AND THEY ARE $24 EACH ANY SUGGESTION
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I have a green stock E36 328i 1998, I don't want to just put a loud exhaust system on it, I want to actually put some cool things on it. like a chip and a supercharger, or a turbo. I'm hoping to get around 250 HP and 250 lb/ft toque. or some where in those numbers. Im also kinda on a budget, so I wondered if a super-charger would be a good idea, or a chip. Any suggestions....................

I want to warn you that when you ask such common question on these forums you will get flamed big time for not using the Search button.

I think I'm too late.
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I'm going to get flamed but so be it.....

As someone who just got their license, the last thing you need is more torque and HP. What you need is driving skills.
and here's the TRUTH. drive fast all time, not on straights. You'll quickly learn you have quite enough power.
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