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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 01-04-2005, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've only been checking out this forum for a short while, and I've seen people mention the ETA and the super ETA, exactly what are they, engine types?
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i believe those are the 'economical' engines on the e30s... correct me somebody
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It's an M20B27, called an Eta because that's the greek character for efficiency; which is what the engines are built for. The 1984-September 1987 325/325e/325es (the E there stands for Eta) have 121 horsepower and 170lb-ft of torque at very low rpm to conserve gas and still be drivable. The post-September 1987 325e/s has 128 horsepower, which is why it is sometimes called a Super Eta.
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