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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 10-25-2004, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im starting to get money for my 84 325e and i was wondering what the best thing
i could buy for it. i have $200 so i was think about getting the k&n intake on bavauto.com my car is a standard 6 cylinder
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Old 10-25-2004, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you just want to make it faster?
The most effective off-the-bat modifications for Etas are a Jim Conforti chip and wider tires. The chips are within your price range.
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That or a driving school, where the skill behind the wheel will make you go a lot faster then a part.
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As crazy as this may sound, id rather spend 2k on a 3 day track school that would get me my racing lisence rather then buy a turbo, but thats me. to me, and others on this board, driving skill is a lot more then parts. But for 200$, id either get a chip, or possibly exhaust. Or id save, and do Exhaust, Cone Filter, and Chip at the same time, that would be awesome.
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i would go for the chip,,the k&n cone setup is good and all but it doesnt really make much of a difference(except sound) until you have upgraded exaust to

one note tho,,if you do go to the cone filter spend the extra money and get the heat sheild for it to,,if not then most of the air your sucking in is hot air from the manifolds,,which may actually decrease performance
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That or a driving school, where the skill behind the wheel will make you go a lot faster then a part.
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Well yeah, but what's $200 going to get you.

Just so you know, the 'heat shields' on eBay and whatnot that go for $50 cost about six bucks and twenty minutes to make.
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whats a good exhaust to get? once again money is a little tight but i was thinking maybe a nice christmas gift...so a cheapy but goody. would the driving school have to be a bmw school or just anyone
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Old 10-27-2004, 05:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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There's already an exhaust thing being discussed, you might want to keep an eye on it. Pretty much and driving school you go to is going to make a world of difference, I don't know if BMW even has their own.
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a k&n filter will only give you like 10 horse maybe 15 and can harm your engine faster and a compture gives you like 20 or 25 ponies without getting dirt in your engine dont get me wrong intakes are good but the computer is the best bang for your buck
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An intake isn't going to give you more than like two horsepower off the bat, and a filter probaly won't gain you any at all on its own. The point of having a freer-flowing inhale is to complement other modifications, like a ported header or cat-back; if a muffler is going to add five horses, then a muffler and an air intake will add maybe eight. It helps optimize your other bolt-ons.
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i also heard that you shouldnt get a chip with out getting exhaust and intake, because some chips are ment for intake and exhaust and some are for with out it...so that would mean id have to get two chips. not sure if thats true. but whats a good chip? and where
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Now that I read more closely, the Conforti chip, which is basically the concensus best bang you can get on an Eta, is only aproved for 85+ 325s. You might want to check out why that is if you really want a chip, I'm convinced that it's one of the best.

You can install it before anything else if you want.
Turner Motorsport sells a chip that's reprogrammable, but it's closer to $300.
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