hey whats up
its probally obvious from all my posts but im lookin forward into getting a bimmer before christmas and starting up with some research and stuff.
ok well i look on autotrader for bmws and i really dont see a diffrence between how a 92 bmw and a 98bmw 3 series look.
they look the same to me ! are there any major diffrences ?
the interior probally has changed alot but has the extterior also changed that much ?
Also the grill changed in 96 or 97 somewhere around there.
__________________ PRESIDENT OF THE OVER 10 YEARS OLD AND UNDER 100K MILES CLUB
1993 325i 5spd
Benfer Performance Intake
M-tech Pedals and Shiftknob
Bavarian Auto Floor Mats
Wheelskin Steering Wheel Cover
Panasonic Head Unit
Euro Projector Lights w/ black Housing
Black Housing Clear Corners
MORE TO COME!!
changes made? hmmm well from 1992 to mid 1994 was the first wave of E36 then the second half of 1994 to early 1999 was the second half. major exterior differences are as follows (thinking cap on!)
- grey rubberized sideskirts changed to painted pollyurathane sideskirts (not on all models just the 328's and some of the 325's)
- front grill changed as stated in a previous post
- sidemarkers added in second gen
- rims of course
- front grill changed in 1997
- i believe the rear bumper was painted except the middle apron part (some models but really not sure but my buddies 98' 328 has it painted)
- beats me all i can think of is different steering wheel and an extra button for the ACS+T
I just bought a 98 323IS. I was looking for 92-98. I figured I would not buy the first year of any car. BMW or not. And if money is not an issue I would say go with the last year. You figure they would have fixed all or most of the bugs with that particular model by the last year. For what it is worth. I love my 323IS it is the Ultimate Driving Experience. And I have owned many cars. I am keeping this one for a long time.
Only 325 and 328 models have the painted side skirts/bumpers? Thats not entirely true...
__________________ 1996 318i
5 Speed Manual
Alpine CDA-7895 Head Unit
12" Alpine Type-R, sealed box
Pioneer 400w amp for $20 at a yard sale (to replace my fried MRV-1507)
Infinity Kappa 4" 2-way speakers(rear)
Infinity Kappa 5.25" component speakers(front)
Debaffled airbox, K&N filter
Tracked Mud on carpets
Shampooed and cleaned carpets
The following only applies to US cars. (maybe Canada and some other places as well)
1992 is the only year with solid grey bumpers.
1993 has painted bumpers with grey rubberized side panels and lower valances
1994 1st year for 318ti compact model (E36/5)
1995 Last year for 325 model
1996 body colored side skirts and bumpers for new 328i and some 318 models, New more angled kidney grilles
1997 Last year for 318iS and 318iC, Side airbags optional
1998 First year for 323iS and 323iC and Last year for E36 sedans side airbags are standard.
1999 Last year for E36 coupes, converibles and compact.
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