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.
2000 sounds like a reasonable deal for it, the e's or etas are econemy cars, and you really cant get much more horse power out of them without rebuilding the engine with new internals eg - pistons and crank.
im not an expert by any means but ive heard from enough people that you just cant get any more power out of these things with bolt ons.
anyway these cars are not THAT slow, the 0-50 is around 5.9 i beleive but the 0-60 is in the 9's. this is because they lack in horse power but are torquey motors i think the specs are somewhere around 120 HP and 180 TQ.
hope i helped a little.
also you can eventually stroke the motor up with a 3.0L stroker kit if you want. check out the ireland engineering stroker kits for more info.
1) What these cars lack in horsepower, they make up for in one of the strongest and sweetest torque curves of that era.
2) you can add 24 Hp and about 28 lbs-ft torque with a $50 chip off ebay that takes about 20 minutes to install.
$2,000 for an e30 ETA with that kind of mileage is very fair.
This car will blow the doors off your 318, and, if you put the chip in, it will give a stock 325i a run for its money. The 84-88 eta cars are very smooth, economical, and reliable, and with an almost completely flat 170 lb-ft (stock) torque curve, are superb in everyday driving.
Stock power figures o nthese cars are: 121 hp and 170 lb-ft torque
My ETA with a Dinan chip and performance exhaust dynoes at: 143HP and 199 lb-ft of torque but when anybody asks I just say 145 and 200 for the sake of rounding - lol
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I would stay away from the ETA if it is horsepower (performance)that you are after... DeathMetal is right about the chip,etc bumping up the HP and the torque, but let's face it, the 325i - which has 168hp stock (as opposed to 121 from ETA) and 164 lb ft torque (ETA has 170) is a MUCH better option that if you shop around can find one at a reasonable price...
There is no way to get the performance out of an ETA engine that you would get out of
an "i" engine because the ETA has very weak valve springs (hence the low rev limit), mild camshaft, smaller throttle body, single pipe exhaust (as opposed to true dual on 325i)...
If you are going to put money into something, put it into an "i" E30... But I guess I would rather have an ETA than a 318...
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