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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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| Originally posted by WarNox@Nov 25 2004, 07:56 PM |
but wht does the "s" mean then, is it just a better engine???
318i M40 4 cylinder 113 HP 188 km/h 1987 - 1991
318is M42 4 cylinder 136 HP 202 km/h 1989 - 1991
the only difference in those two is the "s" and the engine is different, what does the M42 have that the M40 doesnt which makes it produce 23 more hp??
| Originally posted by Aether@Oct 24 2004, 06:30 PM |
The 325e/s denotes that the engine is an M20B27, which is the economy motor. It has a few more pound-feet of torque than the M20B25 (325i/s), but way less horsepower. It also has a really low redline and a taller differential; all of this keeps the gas mileage higher than the 325i.
The 325 (with no letters) is basically a 1984-1987 325e with fewer options. I'm not sure what those would have been, but I have a 325 (again, no letters), and I would guess that things like a power sunroof and power locks came standard on the 325e. It has the same engine as the e and es, and in 1988 it was cut from production altogether and BMW just sold the 325e in its place.
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