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can someone tell me whats the differance in the 318i and the 318is in the motor department?
 

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In the U.S., none: both got the M42/M44 'is, 's' for sport, motor.

In middle Europe, only the 318is coupe got the four-valve, M42/M44; the other models received the two-valve M40/M43 motors.

I can't recall what Oz got -- which probably makes me completely useless. :)
 

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in UK 318i With M40 Engine - 8v - 113bhp
With M42 Engine - 16V 115bhp
With M44 Engine (actually 1.9)- 16V 140bhp
 

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Ramine said:
With M42 Engine - 16V 115bhp
That would be a waste of eight good, BMW valves.

Either the M42 should be an M43 or the 115bhp should be 140bhp.

Please choose one for us. :)
 

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It does if you are under the sway of a New Jersey marketing group who decided to add an 's' to just their cars to distinguish a coupe from a four-door. As far as I know, the rest of the world added an 's' to a car with a sports engine, at least Europe did.
 

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Oh, I bet you have seen plenty of 318is four door sedans, only they've all been misbadged. :)

There must have been at least one market or large group with M42/M44 four door cars that didn't snip off the trailing 's'. Take a gander in the parts catalog. Both the M40/M43 and M42/M44 models appear, as 318i and 318is models.
 

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In australia the 318i and the 318is are different

i think it goes 91-94 318i = M40
91-94 318is = m42
95-99 i = m43
95-99 is = m44

my 95 318is is faster than any stock e36 318i that i have raced, raced a chiped 99 318is, only a tiny bit faster, possibly driver skill who knows.

the Is version is lighter and a bit more powerful, however the car isnt really that powerful anyway :)

hope that helps
 

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johnf said:
In the U.S., none: both got the M42/M44 'is, 's' for sport, motor.

In middle Europe, only the 318is coupe got the four-valve, M42/M44; the other models received the two-valve M40/M43 motors.

I can't recall what Oz got -- which probably makes me completely useless. :)
We have IS M42 & M3 4D salon in Australia
 

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the IS came in 2 door and 4 door varients, the 4 door was i believe between 96 and 98, but johnf, the 16v engine did only have 115bhp, becasue it wasnt the sport model, onlky the M42 engine and M44 was the 140bhp i believe
 

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The 115hp (85kW, 168 Nm) engine Germany received, at least, was the 8-valve, 1.8 liter M43. The logistics for the last E36 production year, got a little wierd, however, and some of the last E36 318i's received the 87 kW, 180 Nm, 1.9 liter engine destined for the E46. (Lucky them!)
 

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I have a '95 318i (4-door, USA) that had a leaking pcv (crankcase ventilation) hose at the top/back of the engine. After ordering the wrong part (by identifyning the vehicle as a 318i) I re-did my part-ID process in the ETK (EPC) and the 2nd time, I identified the vehicle as a 318is, and then ordered the correct hose the 2nd time.

I have the electronic parts catalogue installed on my PC. Yes, I should have typed in the VIN but didn't. (There are two different ways to ID a car in the 1st page of the ETK.)

To sum up, I originally thought the "is" designation only referred to the body style, but it doesn't on the e36.
 
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