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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:01 AM

QUOTE (Mpower @ Saturday, Apr 20 2013, 15:17)
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I really wouldn't waste my time with a 540 that isn't a 6 speed. From my experience, BMW automatics are pretty sh*tty by comparison (to the manual version), especially ones from the 90's and back. An auto in "the ultimate driving machine" also really doesn't make a lick of sense.


540I with the 6 speed gearbox are very rare even in germany

It's almost like car forums exist these days for when you're trying to find a specific car. sarcasm.gif


I don't understand you. Did I say something wrong ?

I'm just saying, even if something's relatively rare, it's not exactly hard to find. 540i 6 speeds on Bimmerforums for example. It's all just a matter of how far you're willing to drive to get it.

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#5042

Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:06 PM

Anyone could tell me which BMW is the one to get from E36 3series?? smile.gif which is the most fun (not not M3)

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

328's or an early 325, preferably with an M-sport package.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:57 PM

328i Sport is the non-M pick of the bunch.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:38 PM

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:42 PM

i think they're sweet, i had a 93 320i sedan it was a nice balanced car.

rain got into the computer and messed sh*t up, but that was after i sold it. actually the whole time i had it, it never gave me any problems and i sold it to my sister's boyfriend at the time and it just fell to bits, haha...

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:03 AM

QUOTE (Chris CJ Jakobsson @ Monday, Apr 22 2013, 16:38)
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Apparently the early Euro M50B25 cars have about as much power as the later M52B28 cars (both around 190 hp). Our (US) B25's are only 170 though. sad.gif

It's plenty in an E36 though. With some work, they can be some fairly fast cars.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:24 AM

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Our (US) B25's are only 170 though. sad.gif


I've been looking at E46 coupes ready for a change of car in January and the only one I'm realistically prepared to pay the insurance for is the 318 with 118BHP. Oh the joys of UK insurance suicidal.gif

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:27 AM

I'm been looking at 3-series coupes (in the UK) as well... insurance is a mare so I am sticking to the 4-cylinders. I am looking at E30 318is mostly, (annoyingly rare), E36 318is less so, and E46 318Ci, preferably the facelift one (2.0L) which makes nearer 150BHP, so it's not too shabby. All can be had from 1000-3000 if you're lucky, and at 22 with no NCB I see fully comp for around 700-800... Not that deadly. Should go down fast after the first year with a little NCB...

I've been driving a company car for the last 5 years and man oh man I wish I had got my own insurance on it now so that I had some NCB... sucks biggrin.gif

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:31 PM

QUOTE (Lurch @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 04:03)
QUOTE (Chris CJ Jakobsson @ Monday, Apr 22 2013, 16:38)
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Apparently the early Euro M50B25 cars have about as much power as the later M52B28 cars (both around 190 hp). Our (US) B25's are only 170 though. sad.gif

It's plenty in an E36 though. With some work, they can be some fairly fast cars.

We got the "US-spec" as well, but it was in the form of a 323i (2.5L 170hp).

325i is 192hp
328i is 193hp - this one however has more torque.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

QUOTE (Chazzer3 @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 07:27)
I'm been looking at 3-series coupes (in the UK) as well... insurance is a mare so I am sticking to the 4-cylinders. I am looking at E30 318is mostly, (annoyingly rare), E36 318is less so, and E46 318Ci, preferably the facelift one (2.0L) which makes nearer 150BHP, so it's not too shabby. All can be had from 1000-3000 if you're lucky, and at 22 with no NCB I see fully comp for around 700-800... Not that deadly. Should go down fast after the first year with a little NCB...

I've driven a late M42 E30 318i (the one my dad now drives), a late M42 E30 318is (that we later stripped all the parts off of for my dad's car), and an early M42 E36 318is. The E30 318is definitely has the most pep out of any of them (50 lbs. lighter than a 4 door e30 318i and 250 lbs lighter than an E36 318is). The one thing I don't like about them is you have to rev the sh*t out of them to make them go. They're very peaky motors. Peak torque isn't til 4600 and peak power isn't til 6k. So they can't hold a candle to the 6 cylinder cars there in regards to how their torque curve is. E30 318is also has better seats, the spoilers, wider weaves (at least in the US), and is more likely to have an LSD.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:34 PM

Looking at a few more cars the prices seem to vary individually so a facelift E46 with 150BHP might not be much more expensive. In some cases the 2.0 model is actually cheaper to insure than the older 1.9.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:00 PM

I also discovered if I say the car has no alarm and list it as parked on some random street in the city where I live rather than at my parents house in the countryside, the premiums went down another 80 sarcasm.gif I mean, they're so clever those insurance companies.

e2a: but yeah, the prices vary more on a car by car basis than by facelift/non-facelift etc. I much prefer the look of the facelift E46, it still looks really current in my mind, and I've seen 318Ci in good condition at around 3k, which is not bad at all, especially if there's room to haggle.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

QUOTE (Chazzer3 @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 17:00)
I also discovered if I say the car has no alarm and list it as parked on some random street in the city where I live rather than at my parents house in the countryside, the premiums went down another 80 sarcasm.gif I mean, they're so clever those insurance companies.

That's surprising. Is the first half of your postcode in the same area as a crime hotspot?

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

QUOTE (epoxi @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 16:29)
QUOTE (Chazzer3 @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 17:00)
I also discovered if I say the car has no alarm and list it as parked on some random street in the city where I live rather than at my parents house in the countryside, the premiums went down another 80 sarcasm.gif I mean, they're so clever those insurance companies.

That's surprising. Is the first half of your postcode in the same area as a crime hotspot?

I can't imagine it, my parents house is rural Shropshire, I live in central Edinburgh. I was surprised as well, not sure why parking away from my flat in a city incurs lower insurance premiums than parking out of public sight on a rural property. Very weird. I'm sure there is some reasoning...

edit: I guess it could be England vs. Scotland? who knows really.. tounge.gif even they probably don't: "Computer says so" etc

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:01 PM Edited by matthew1g, 23 April 2013 - 05:05 PM.

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Speaking of Bimmers, Currently eyeing the one pictured above. I still have to go see it in person and check insurances, But I've been wanting a cheap RWD to toy with for ages.

Car is a 320i

At any rate, if I do get it (considering its in a good condition), I've got a crapton of things to do to it, like get the m3 kit, Get rid of the f'ugly rims and put it on some proper BBS LM's and somewhere down the line I'd consider respraying it to laguna seca blue. Also TRIM NEEDS TO BE BLACK.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:20 PM

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Car is a 320i

At any rate, if I do get it (considering its in a good condition), I've got a crapton of things to do to it, like get the m3 kit, Get rid of the f'ugly rims and put it on some proper BBS LM's and somewhere down the line I'd consider respraying it to laguna seca blue. Also TRIM NEEDS TO BE BLACK.

If you get a 2.0 E36, enjoy it for what it is. It's honestly not worth the trouble of doing all of those things to it. In the end, it's still just a poverty-spec 2.0. I've seen M3 bumpers/skirt/wheels on a 328i. It looked fine but honestly I couldn't tell enough of a difference in the way they look to warrant the cost of them. It was also at least a 328 so therefore semi deserving of such things compared to an 320. Also, proper LM's will be worth more the the rest of the car.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:41 PM

Also, proper LMs are rarer than hen's teeth in rocking horse sh*t in 17" sizes. 18s look stupidly huge on the E36 and won't fit unless do a fair bit of work on the arches, or go the whole hog and run aftermarket wide arches. Plus the real things are about three grand a set in a half-decent size.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:02 PM

I dunno, I think E36's can pull off 18's ok. devil.gif

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:03 PM

Still looks over-wheeled IMO. Not to say it isn't awesome, but overwheeled nonetheless. In all honesty, aside from issues fitting brakes under 17" wheels (which you shouldn't really have given that I've seen people run Audi RS6 8-pots and 380mm disks under 17s) I can't think of a single reason to go 18 over an equivalent width and design 17. Less unsprung weight, less rotating mass.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:17 PM Edited by Lurch, 23 April 2013 - 10:31 PM.

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Still looks over-wheeled IMO. Not to say it isn't awesome, but overwheeled nonetheless. In all honesty, aside from issues fitting brakes under 17" wheels (which you shouldn't really have given that I've seen people run Audi RS6 8-pots and 380mm disks under 17s) I can't think of a single reason to go 18 over an equivalent width and design 17. Less unsprung weight, less rotating mass.

For some reason, prepared class E36 guys seem to like 285/30R18's. You can get Hoosier A6's and R6's in 275/35R17's and 295/35R17's but no 285's. Maybe there's something special about the compound in that size (sometimes they stay sticky all the way through and thus are optimal to shave down) or it just seems to be the the most optimal size for a go-fast E36. Either way, it's what's popular to race. It just seems to work.


Either way, I always try to limit myself to going no taller than 1" over the top tier trim level of a certain range. At that point it doesn't look too bad. Since M3's come with 17's, I don't think 18's look overly big so long as you compensate tire size with it. Really if offset and overall diameter and width are the same, I see no reason why there should be any fitment issues with 18's on an E36. For instance, 235/40R17 is the stock size for an M3. A 235/35R18 is basically the same size in every dimension.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:45 PM

Call me crazy, but I like some meat on the sidewall of a tire. 18 and 19 inch rims are cool and all and I know that is a popular choice when it comes to race like treaded tires but I just like a good 15-17 inch rim with a few inches of good sidewall. I just like the look better...and hell, if low profile was that awesome, F1 would be doing it

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:55 PM

There's some definite truth to that. There needs to be a good balance between reducing sidewall roll (the main pro of lower profile tires) and having a bit of cushion. If all other factors are equal, a bigger sidewall actually has more grip. Hence why 16's are supposed to be the sweet spot for my car compared to 15's or 17's as far as performance goes. Not to mention, anything too low pro starts to really look goofy on cars of a certain age.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:18 AM

QUOTE (Lurch @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 23:17)
For some reason, prepared class E36 guys seem to like 285/30R18's. You can get Hoosier A6's and R6's in 275/35R17's and 295/35R17's but no 285's. Maybe there's something special about the compound in that size (sometimes they stay sticky all the way through and thus are optimal to shave down) or it just seems to be the the most optimal size for a go-fast E36. Either way, it's what's popular to race. It just seems to work.

That's really interesting, as the various teams that run in the likes of Britcar and the National Saloon Car Championship in the UK where you see quite large numbers of E36 almost solely run 17" wheels. In the latter you need to run street-legal tyres but in the former they run full-on slicks. Usually they'll run 17x9" Compomotives or 17x9.5 BTCC/ETCC wheels if they've rolled the arches. You only really see the 18s with ADAC GTR kitted cars- then 10x18" or bigger out back.

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#5065

Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

What do you guys think?
which is the more atractive thinking of the taillight, (never mind the nasty rims on my car)

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:41 PM

I prefer the first one.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

I also prefer the first one. Looks like an easy enough change, too.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

Yeah it is both simple and cheap

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found this, barly $60

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

I was never a fan of those "light extensions", so I'm going to say no.

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Looks odd in my opinion.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

That really depends on the car. Saab looks much better with this "fake lights" strip.




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