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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 04-05-2004, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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a 2 door 325i and a 2 door 325is? Are they the same or what? Also would buying a 325e be a good idea for racing or not< dont they have a very low rev limiter?

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The "s" in "is" stands for sport. It got stiffer springs and shocks, LSD diff, different seats, and a 3 spoke stearing wheel. If you are going to race out an E30 find an "i" or "is". The "e's" have less power to start with, along with a smaller cam, softer valve springs, smaller injectors, smaller throttle body, smaller intake runners, and a few other things that I cant think of right now.
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if i can get a 325is parts car would it be possible to swap out the rear diff and put it on my 325i?
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if i can get a 325is parts car would it be possible to swap out the rear diff and put it on my 325i?
yes, as long as its going from a manual car to another manual car, or auto to auto. though some people like to put the automatic (or M3) 4.10lsd into a 5speed for a shorter gearing ratio.

about the 'i' and 'is' stuff, the 325is was the only 2door 2.5L in 87 and 88, 1989 and 1990 i believe had the 325i 2doors and the 325is 2door sport. while in 1991 there was only a 325i 2door but you could get the optional sport package to make it the equivalent of a 325is
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