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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 12-30-2007, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all... recently added a new Bimmer baby to the family. '91 318i sedan. Needs a little cosmetic tlc but mechanically very sound. Never had an M42 before though and just wanted to ask a couple of general questions before I go to teh parts store. Can I see the timing chain guides by removing the valve cover? Will it be very obvious when they are worn out and need replaced? (noise?) Also... is there a good chip available for this little gem? It runs really well but it could always benefit from a nice bump in power. What rear end should this car have in it? It has a 5 spd. Oh and how much does this car weigh? It is a base model car... power windows but that's it... cloth etc... Are there any little quirks I should know about with these engines or are all of the bulletproof claims I've heard true? Oh... not sure how many miles are on it as the previous owner had it replaced but didn't know how many miles she had on her when she was installed. Judging from the looks and running of it... I'd say maybe 140k at the most. Did these engines have tubular headers from the factory? This one does. Any info would be very appreciated from those of you who are in the know on this little jewel!
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What.... No love? This is my first M42... I think this completes my E30 ownership. I've now owned all of the U.S. spec engines available in the E30 from '84-'91... except S14. Working on that now though!
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friends didn't have tupular headers.... and it went on till 280k when it was sold and it survived it's beating......
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Anyone out there used a chip with their M42? Was it worth it? Which chip is the best?
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from what i have seen the dinan chip is your best bet but no chip is really going to give you noticable horsepower gains with this engine but will make it run alot better and give you like 10hp if there is ne thing else you need to know ask me im sure i can help and this is a great engine i love me M42
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