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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 03-07-2004, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, i have an 86 325es. can someone tell me the specs on this car? also i have this problem with, (it seems to be from the gas tank?) when i try to fill it up, it starts throwing out the gas. no it doesnt overflow. it looks like its coming from up on top of the tank? someone help me out here. thanks
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Old 03-07-2004, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i forgot to ask something else. i have to do an oil change, what grade does this car take? or what is recommended?
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Old 03-07-2004, 12:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hello and welcome to BMW-forums, im sorry i cannot answer your questions, im not that good with e30's but welcome non-the less
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I don't know about the fuel tank problem. But you need 4 litres of 10W40 to 20W50 viscosity oil I think.
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10W-30 or 10W 40 is good. does it fill out a lot of gas dude?
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The gas spews out the input nozzle or from under the car where the gas tank is? And your best bet for oil is the heaviest single wieght oil you can find or something like 10-40 or 20-50.
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10-30 run it in my car all the time never gives me a problem not to spendy! get that its a for sure work!

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Welcome to bmw-forums

a 86 325es has 121hp and 170lb-ft tq

10w-30, 10w-40, 20w-50 high mileage non-synthetic oils seem to be the most popular viscosities for the e30 325's
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thanks for the welcomes guys. sorry i havent replied, i forgot all about this...lol. well i havent filled the tank all the way till it starts throwing it out, but my dad says that it does. hes not exactly sure where its coming from, but it is. another thing is that when its close to a full tank, you can smell gas really really bad. hate it! maybe that gives you guys an idea? another little problem is that when i floor it, the car seems to bog a little. like it gets no fuel response? so how does it have more torque than horsepower? one more question........is the 325is better than the 325es???
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sorry guys....there is yet another question. i want to know if there are any after market stuff for these cars? if so.....WHERE CAN I GET SOME!?!?
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there are vent lines on top of the fuel tanks that dryout and allow the fuel to overflow when full.

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good shit! thanks KC Ron Carter!!!
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The is and es were built with totally different ideas in mind. The i-spec motors have more horsepower but less torque, and all of it comes later in the powerband than the M20B27 you and I have, but only because it's the economy engine. The i and is models are the sports cars.

I like the Eta better for city driving; lots of torque right now.
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