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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 09-27-2003, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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and those were some great links by the way! vielen dank!

however, I am still confounded as to what I have!

according to VIN, it's either 85, or 86. and it says 325e, but there's the M thing on the right of the trunk.

wha?

Is this an M3? Is this a magic hybrid of efficency and super race fun time? what's my HP?

or maybe the previous owner, just slapped on the M for kicks....

and I can (could) do 50 in 1st gear under 3000 rpms, is this normal? or was more done to this than just an M badge?

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the M badge was just put there by one of the previous owners.

i didnt understant what you meant by that first gear bit, but no its not normal to do 50 in 1st gear
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lol wtf. 50 in first under 3000? no way. Previous owner must have swapped out diffs and was an idiot and put in taller gearing. 1st gear should top out at 40 somethin i think.

What is your redline? If it is 5k it is a E if it is 7k it is I That is by far the easiest way to tell.
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oh, when I said I (could) do 50 in first, I meant until my clutch slipped. still working on that....


anyhow, why was the previous owner an idiot for swapping the diff? Is this doing horrible things to my car? should I get rid of it?

the redline does start at 5000 so yes, it is an E.

now I'm really curious, is there a simple way to find out what diff ratio I have?
I guess I'll really know when she runs again.....

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