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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 07-29-2004, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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can an e30 compete in speed/acceleration against an e36?

im asking this because im now also considering the possibility of buying an e30 325e instead of am e36 325is, because of price, etc. also i like how they look.

how would say an 86 e30 hold up in cape cod? salt water-air..rust?

do they have more problems than e36's? im a noob when it comes to e30's

does an e30 325E have a larger engine than a e30 325IS?

im guessing 325e = 2.7 liters
325is = 2.5 liters
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Yeah. The Eta has another two tenths of a liter, but it's got almost fifty fewer horsepower than the E30 iS motor, too. You're comparing the most economical engine of the old generation to the most sporty engine of the new. Kind of one-sided.

E30e - 121hp, 170lb-ft.
E36is - 186hp, 167lb-ft.
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Old 07-29-2004, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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did you mean to say the e36 iS motor?

it has about the same torque as an e36, thats nice
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instead of a 325e, Id say go with a E30 325iS.
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yeah i fyou want something as fast or close to the e36 dont go with the 325e it wont get you there! lots of torque though!

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A 325is will be very, very close to the acceleration of an E36 325is, but the 325e isn't made for that kind of driving man. If you want performance, you need the 2.5 motor.
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Correct. dont forget the E means economey, so to get E you are losing a lot of performance. get the i motor if you want performance an e if you dont.
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If you like the styling of the E30 and the engine in the E36 you could do and engine swap. If you have the money, that is.
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ah but with about 1000$ of work you can get an E way faster than an is.

By swaping the intake manifold, cam, and exhuast with normal iS parts and then changing the differential gearing to something just below the normal 3.73:1. To top it off you get a new chip to raise the rev limiter and remap the fuel curve. That will be faster than a 325is. Both a e30 and e36.
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just out of curiosity how much would an engine swop add up to?
e36 m3 engine to e30is?

m3 engine = about 7 grand? (with manual tranny)
325is body = 1000
misc = 2000
labor = ????

total = alot lol


yea the 325is seems like the way to go... i might be looking at one next week, cant wait
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"iS" is beSt :-D haha get the iS man!
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