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Old 03-20-2005, 01:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react. It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick. So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing. My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it. I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on. Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money. Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger? Thanks for the help.
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I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react. It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick. So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing. My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it. I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on. Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money. Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger? Thanks for the help.
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Old 03-20-2005, 07:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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chip will help, but it wont make it "fast". The supercharger is the best thing that could hapen to a 318 to get performance.
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I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react.* It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick.* So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing.* My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it.* I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on.* Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money.* Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger?* Thanks for the help.
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Dude it sounds like two specific things, but it is all DEFINATELY fuel related. E36s for some reason have sensitive ass fuel systems.

First and easiest case senario is that you are not putting 91 octane or higher in your car. Do not use 87 regular and if you want better than weak performance don't use 89. Use 91,92,93, or Ultra 94 if you can. In fact this is the easiest and cheapest way to mayke your 318 go faster without a supercharger.

Second case and more expensive senario is that one of your fuel components need to be replaced...andthe biggest culprit in the entire system for breaking down and causing what you have...is the Air Mass Meter....which runs about $480 at the dealership for replacement & labor, or (no joke) you could get a new one or good condition used one for around $30 on ebay and if you can then DIY....(but I hear it's a tricky DIY)


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Originally posted by n1knightmare@Mar 20 2005, 03:19 AM
I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react. It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick. So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing. My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it. I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on. Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money. Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger? Thanks for the help.
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You have a 138 hp engine, in a convertible, the heaviest of the cars that year. If you have an auto, it is furthered hampered in performance. BTW, that's 51 hp down from the 325. Chips, power pulleys, CAi's, exhausts, will help. But I don't think it will help all that much. Biggest increase will come from a supercharger.
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I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react. It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick. So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing. My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it. I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on. Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money. Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger? Thanks for the help.




a tune up would help if anything... just think about it 130 bhp wont help if your e36 is heavy....
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heheheh I guess that goes with the territory..... Going from a 260+hp car to a 138 will do that to you.

If you floor your I4 BMW and are not in the appropriate gear it will just sit there and seem like nothing is happening.

Think of dropping your Forumala in 5th gear @ 15mph and flooring it.

With all that said, it could be a secondary jet that is clogged up that is hampering fuel delivery. Try running a bottle of techron or do a search on a "wet soak" here and you will get some good details on how to give your a car a nice cleanout and hopefully give you back a few HPs.
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Originally posted by Delmarco+Mar 20 2005, 04:33 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Delmarco @ Mar 20 2005, 04:33 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-n1knightmare@Mar 20 2005, 01:19 AM
I just bought a beautiful BMW (1995 318 convertable) and it runs really good but the only thing is when i floor the gas it doesnt react.* It doesnt go up in RPM's very quick.* So no matter if i step on it halfway or floor it it does the same thing.* My other car is a firebird formula and when i punch the gas i know it.* I have changed the spark plugs (bosch platinum) and i also put a cold air intake on.* Would a chip change this or am i just wasting my money.* Can you make a 318 really fast without a supercharger?* Thanks for the help.
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Dude it sounds like two specific things, but it is all DEFINATELY fuel related. E36s for some reason have sensitive ass fuel systems.

First and easiest case senario is that you are not putting 91 octane or higher in your car. Do not use 87 regular and if you want better than weak performance don't use 89. Use 91,92,93, or Ultra 94 if you can. In fact this is the easiest and cheapest way to mayke your 318 go faster without a supercharger.

Second case and more expensive senario is that one of your fuel components need to be replaced...andthe biggest culprit in the entire system for breaking down and causing what you have...is the Air Mass Meter....which runs about $480 at the dealership for replacement & labor, or (no joke) you could get a new one or good condition used one for around $30 on ebay and if you can then DIY....(but I hear it's a tricky DIY)


good luck.
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Well i always run the best grade of fuel. Which at the gas pumps is 91. I have also ran a fuel injector cleaner in it and put a octane booster on it once. The guy that had the car before me never told me what gas he put in. Well i will try the air mass meter out. Thanks for the help.
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sure, u can mod out your 318, but your gunna be puttin more money into it, then the car is worth..

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So if that supercharger can make 318i like 325i in HP?
Can I supercharge my 325i ? and what will hapend?
Now I have 198 HP.
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So if that supercharger can make 318i like 325i in HP?
Can I supercharge my 325i ? and what will hapend?
Now I have 198 HP.
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Yes you can. Active Autowerke offers good kits. What will happen, is that you will have M3 like performance from the engine Ofcourse it all depends on how much money you are willing to put in your engine... results vary from 250hp to over 500hp
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