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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-05-2004, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm going to sell my 325e because i want an e30 with a beefier engine. Of course, the only options are that of a later model 318is, 325is and the m3. I scratched out the m3 because the price of that is a little bit higher, which pushes it out of my budget. So in comparison, the pros and cons of 318is vs. the pros and cons of a 325is??? Correct me if i'm wrong, but the 318is = 4 cylinder, 325is= 6 cylinder?? That's all i know as of now. If you guys can, out of your own knowledge please enlighten me on these two beautiful cars.
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the 318is isnt much faster than a 325e, if any at all, and it lacks alot of the eta's torque. the later 318i has about 138hp vs the eta's 121hp and the 325i's 168hp
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LOL dude, just keep your car and switch out your entire head. Youll spend like $300 and be way faster than a 325. Especially with a gearing change. Faster than a e30 m3 easily.
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Super Eta is faster than an E30 M3?
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no. A super eta is an 88 325es. Im talking about putting on the IS head and intake manifold. This will up the rev and head flow. Putting on a different differential will top it off and definatley make it faster than a m3. M3s arnt that fast in the first place. They do 0-60 in like 5.9 i think. Probly slower than that.
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changing the e head to an is head isn't as easy as you say it is...

and the car i have is not a super eta. i have an 85 325e
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The head is pretty easy actually. Its 14 main bolts and various accesories. The super eta is ONLY the 88 325es.
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hmm...yah you're right on that one....i was thinking more on the tangent of the short block about the pistons, how they are not exactly the same size as the i and iS. That's probably the only problem i'd have in the conversion.
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