Can anyone suggest any worthwile upgrades to my automatic 1994 318i. The car is so darn slow and im just wondering if there are any add-ons or upgrades that will make a noticeable improvement in the hp or just simply fuel efficiency or anything you would recommend period. Right now im just putting a new stereo system in it but id like to do other improvements as well. Thanks
i think he's not wanting to turn his car into a car that will smoke everybody around him, he just wants to get a little more power out of the four cylinder 1.8l. i agree with him and feel that the 318 are slow and so are mine that is why i am go fix it up and put in some upgrades and then sell before winter to get an audi with a manual transmission
yeah nothing major, i know its a slow car and im fine with that i was just wanting to make it a little more efficient with intake or filters or stuff like that...its a commutor car so it gets me where i need to be.
Owning a 318 can be fun especially when you see a nice wide new M3 have to take a turn slower and wider than you.
Also when you take care of a 318 correctly it isn't as slow as you expect. These slugish problems happen for two reasons auto and the other is that you dont do the full used car buying maitenance. Change the following: oil, oil filter, coolant, fuel filter, air filter, spark wires and plugs, O2 sensor, (brakes, brake sensor, rotors, and ties)optional based on condition of these items.
The 318 may be the slowest 3 series it makes up in handling but its not the slowest BMW either. You make it sound like a mini could beat them even though some of you havn't driven one and some of you havn't even driven a BMW period.
There isn't much you can do to upgrade to performance. A chip is the most cost effective upgrade you can do. The CAI, exhaust ect is negligable if any gains realitscally. The best upgrades, IMO are suspension. It is great as mentioned above to be able to maintain speed through turns, I've never tried to out handle a new M3, but I suppose it's possible...
Putting money into making the car more powerful is kinda like if you are right handed with messy hand writing, yet you practice writing with your left hand instead of making your right hand proficent at writing neatly. It is a waste of time. Unless you want to go all out and do Forced induction by way of a Downing Atlanta S/C or a custum T/C there is no point. The only mods to my car that improve HP were put on and paid for by a previous owner, so unfortunately I can not tell you what gains you realistcally get from them.
i have to agree with theironmonk this car isnt so slow, the reason yours is slow is its an auto, this car is a lot of fun especialy in the canyon roads near my house with the high and fast reving four cyclinder,the DISA system rocks, best way you can improve throttle response is a good intake and chip.
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