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Old 04-06-2010, 07:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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318is I need help to increase performance

I just bought a bmw 318is and its very clean its a 5 speed manual. I want to make it faster what should I do?
I was thinking of super charging it or engine swap, whats cheaper? i am leaning more towards a engine swap but what engine? i want something i can build off of with a lot of after market paths. I only know the basics to cars.
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Good questions, but I can't help you. Don't dispair, someone a lot smarter than me will be along shortly to give you some advice, try to keep in mind that BMW do a fair bit of tuning on their engines, so any big gains are likely to mean sizeable changes to the engine etc. Enjoy your time here.
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suspension, brakes, THEN power.
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voted: not worth it.

The DA supercharger is a great way to more than double what you have in the car, only to still be on par with a 328 ...

OP, swap a m50/m52 or s50/s52 if you have the money. Not worth doing anything to the m42/m44
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suspension, brakes, THEN power.
The 318 is the same as any other e36 with regards to suspension and brakes ... nothing wrong with putting a m50 or something in it and retaining the stock brakes/suspension; it would be like any other 325
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true, but as far as performance parts go thats the order to do things. dont need power to have fun
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