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E36 trim levels?

I've been browsing to no avail... I'm trying to figure out what the different trim levels were for the E36. What is the difference, for example, in a 325i vs 325is?

Is there a site or place on this site that goes into detail on this?

I found the history of the 3-series on Edmunds. Pretty interesting. I'm just trying to find as much info as possible on these cars.

In case you haven't read my "is this car salvageable" thread, I've been given a '94 convertible that needs a lot of work...

thanks...
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the 325i is 4 door and the 325is is a 2 door. the cars have slightly different body panels and different gear ratios i think

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the 325i is 4 door and the 325is is a 2 door. the cars have slightly different body panels and different gear ratios i think
So, would the convertible be considered a 325is, and does is share body panels with the 2-door? Someone has added a body kit that if all goes well, I'll be replacing sometime in the future...
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I've been browsing to no avail... I'm trying to figure out what the different trim levels were for the E36. What is the difference, for example, in a 325i vs 325is?

Is there a site or place on this site that goes into detail on this?

I found the history of the 3-series on Edmunds. Pretty interesting. I'm just trying to find as much info as possible on these cars.

In case you haven't read my "is this car salvageable" thread, I've been given a '94 convertible that needs a lot of work...

thanks...
The main differences in the 325i and 325is is that the "325is" has sport suspension and a limited slip diff i think. And also the the 325i is a sedan and the 325is is a coupe.

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yeah what he said.

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Okay, that makes sense, but then where does the convertible come into play, and what is a 325ic? Is that just kinda slang for a vert?

thanks for the info so far... are there no sites that chronicle this stuff.
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325ic is the convertable, the front/rear bumpers and probably the front quarter pannels should work between all the e36 models. The convertible will be on the heavy side all things equal when compared to the 325i and 325is.


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325ic is the convertable, the front/rear bumpers and probably the front quarter pannels should work between all the e36 models. The convertible will be on the heavy side all things equal when compared to the 325i and 325is.
I'm assuming all headlights are the same (not that I need them), but convertible tail lights are unique correct? I know I'll be wanting new tail lights, its got altezza style lights now, and I despise them on anything...
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afaik they aren't unique, they should be the same as the coupes

the e36 touring hat unique tails...


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The main differences in the 325i and 325is is that the "325is" has sport suspension and a limited slip diff i think. And also the the 325i is a sedan and the 325is is a coupe.
The 'is' part of the 3 series range does not mean coupe, any where in the world apart from the USA...
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