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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 02-15-2009, 07:39 PM
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what difference between 325i and 328i

i know that the engines are different, but what on interior,and exterior are different?
i just cant put my finger on it.
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i think in 97 they started manufacturing 328's.... so... everything is much newer...

they came with cupholders different front bumper... etc. its a bunch of stuff...
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:37 PM
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Well not to mention the 2.5 liter and the 2.8.

The transmission I believe is different, I know the 328's came standard with the sideskirts and bumpers painted to match the color, some 325's had sport suspension and LSD, while the 328's did not unless the sport package was available (w/ 16'' rims). Hmmm what else?

I read all these on other posts and stuff, so they might not be 100%, chad would know the real answer.
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:12 AM
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i think in 97 they started manufacturing 328's.... so... everything is much newer...

they came with cupholders different front bumper... etc. its a bunch of stuff...
i think it was 96
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:01 AM
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...... Google is really smart too. Has all sorts of pictures and specs all only a few button clicks away! It's pretty amazing.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:24 AM
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...... Google is really smart too. Has all sorts of pictures and specs all only a few button clicks away! It's pretty amazing.
LOL just go to wikipedia and type in BMW E36 from there just look up the 328 specs and 325 specs, i havent done this yet im just assuming u will find all your stuff
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:47 AM
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:35 PM
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are the front, rear, grilles, and sideskirts different?
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The difference is that if you drive a 325i, you are a cheapskate that can't afford a newer and improved 328i.

They are both E36s, the differences stem from the fact they were manufactured in different years. There is no difference until the 328i and all other E36s had the facelift in 1997.

The detail, well you can look that up for yourself.
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are the front, rear, grilles, and sideskirts different?

Rear grills????

Front yes

Side skirts only came on m3's.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:06 PM
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Rear grills????

Front yes

Side skirts only came on m3's.
my bad. i should have put front, rear, sideskirts, and grilles.

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Dude its the same car with a 2.8 L. which is super pointless because it has the same amount of horsepower and slightly better fuel efficiency.

It has painted skirts, a different front bumper, steering wheel has the emblem on it, cupholder.

Nothing major expect the 2.8L engine
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Dude its the same car with a 2.8 L. which is super pointless because it has the same amount of horsepower and slightly better fuel efficiency.

It has painted skirts, a different front bumper, steering wheel has the emblem on it, cupholder.

Nothing major expect the 2.8L engine
completely pointless because it has the same amount of horsepower.

you ever heard of torque? well it has about 25 ft/lbs more of that. the 328s power also comes in at slightly lower RPMs. and once u get a new manifold on it and do some mods you will be making much better power than the 325, completely pointless? not so much...
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MAJORLY miseducated. They were 2.5s and 2.8s until 2006 when they 3 series body was redesigned compared the 94-05 edition. the 06 - 11 edition of both have the 3.0s. Newer than 11 to current...the 325i...you have a choice between the 2.0 turbo...2.0 turbo diesel...and the 3.0. 11 - current 328s only come in the 2.0 turbo. When you look at the model #s...they were for the most part current on only model bmws. The 1st number stood for the series and the last 2 numbers stood for the engine displacement.

EX: i have an 06 325I but doesnt have the 2.5. Its the 3.0 but you go back a few yrs...i have an 03 530i...which is a 3.0. The 3rd and final one i have is a 02 740i which yes...its a 4.0 but the newer 740i went to a 3.0. On the newer ones...in order to get an 8cylinder...you have to go with atleast a 750i which is a 4.4. Soooo...yes on the older BMWs for the most part that held true. Like a 528i is the 2.8...and the 525i is the 2.5.

Also goes for the same on Benz. An e350 is a 3.5 Liter. The series on Benzs for the most part is pretty current with the displacement. The same goes for Lexus. My brother has a 2015 IS350F-sport which yes its the 3.5 liter. The same holds true for a few other car makers too.

Totally off topic but a bit more knowledge for the masses. On older BMWs...the 3 series was the sportiest model avail. The 5 series is a midline between sporty and comfort/luxury. The 6 series 650 is like the 4 series which comes in the 2 and 4 door unless you date back to the 80s and 90s where the 6 series were strictly sporty 2 door...like the 630csi and the 635csi. The newer 630s are still strictly a 2 door. The 7 series is strictly about comfort/luxury/family...even though they have powerful motors. Current BMWs you truely want sporty...they have the 1 and 2 series. The 4 series is considered sporty and comfort/luxury cause they come in 2 and 4 doors. Whereas the 1 and 2 series comes strictly in the 2 door. Than of course you want serious hardcore sporty that will deliver a 24/7/365 a day hardon...they have the I8 out now.

Knowledge comes from my dad who salvaged BMWs for 20yrs and my 1st three cars were BMWs (1600...2002...and 320is). At the time...my dad was the only person to salvage BMWs in the U.S. so needless to say he got customers from all over the country and some from around the world...and quite a few famous people too.
1 series is 5 door and 2 series is 2 door.

Also on topic, the m50 only came in 2.5l max capacity and the m52 came with 2.8l
2.5l had 141kw 245nm and the 2.8l had 142kw with 280nm, so 35nm more. (m52b25 has 125kw and 245nm)

depending on what year model you have it has varying improvements, mainly in the 96/97 facelift, different front grill and surround, more airbags, different climate control units and various other controls?, not too sure about outside, as my 94 model came with colour coded body from factory.

(I am mainly informed in the engines and drivetrain rather than the interior and exterior)
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Ahahah. I never actually read the start date.
Thats hilarious, but 2009 is like 2015 in australia anyways :P
Were a bit behind over here
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Ahahah. I never actually read the start date.
Thats hilarious, but 2009 is like 2015 in australia anyways :P
Were a bit behind over here
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Not to mention beginning one's very first posting on B'fest by accusing someone of being "majorly miseducated."
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