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Old 07-14-2004, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking into buying an e36 gotta be the 6cly (325) (price reasons mostly) and i was wondering if there is anything that i should know befor i buy one???? common problems where to find replacement parts??? things of that nature also i want to have a nice car on a budget so could i find somewhere stock m3 suspesion would this work on a 325?????? and also i have driven an m3 (2003) and i want hopfuly soon to be car to sound like this any suggestions?????

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Old 07-15-2004, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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would the m3 suspension work??? what would i need???
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There's a FAQ topic on the most common problems with the e36.
They're mostly quick easy fixes...

I don't know about the M3 suspension on it, though. If the strut mount points are the same, I don't see why not.

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BTW, here's a link to that topic: http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/topic681.html
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negative on the M3 suspension, you have to change too much to et it to work. Its more cost effective to go with after market suspension. As far as problems, the cooling system is weak, but besides that everything is for the most part ok. THough alotta people seem to be getting A/C problems in the last 2 weeks or so. Check out the FAQ section, they'll have a lot more info for you. But good luck with you car search, I look forward to seeing your car.
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You know? It just occured to me that I've been on the forum for almost a month now and haven't posted a picture of my car yet... ghead
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You know? It just occured to me that I've been on the forum for almost a month now and haven't posted a picture of my car yet... ghead
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If you can afford it, you may want to look into a 328, a little more torque & HP than the 325.

Just get some springs and bilstines, maybe some nice bushings if the car's more than 80,000 miles, and you'll be set.
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Pretty much anything on the M3 is interchangeable with the 325. Some parts are upgrades, some are the same thing with a different part number. Aftermarket is truely the way to go, and the e36 has as big an aftermarket as the hondas do.
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thanx guys i was just wondering about the m3 sus. for cost purposes and i want better handeling with good ride quality (if i want to haul through the twisties i will ride my momo) dont need race type suspension just better than the average car that one might encounter.......(rice anyone) with good ride quality not bouncy or too stiff for the street any ideas on spring strut combos????? I still want it to sound like an m3.... any suggestions???? and also i was hoping for over 200 hp (preferably 250)NA is this reliable on a stock block??????
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If you want suspension that is "better than the average car that one might encounter" all you have to do is own a BMW. The stock suspension is much better than the average car.
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If you want suspension that is "better than the average car that one might encounter" all you have to do is own a BMW. The stock suspension is much better than the average car.
very true but i say either go coiovers or h&r cup kit!!! also the 328 would be a sick car to have all one body color little bit bigger engine awwww! only thing bettwe is the m, but a 328 would pull on the m3 very nicely!

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If you want suspension that is "better than the average car that one might encounter" all you have to do is own a BMW. The stock suspension is much better than the average car.
Excellent point there....

Why don't you try driving one of these cars before you begin to you figure suspension upgrades into your costs..... They are superior handling vechiles right out of the box, I love how my 328IS handles right out of the box.

As for models.... speaking from experience, try driving the 325 then the 328. (there prices are comparitively similiar) There is only a couple HP difference between the cars, but all that extra torque made the 328 feel like a completely different machine......
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i belive i mentioned it in my first post but i have driven an m3 (2003) and that is what i want the suspension and the power and the sound if possible.....? so about 250 hp na on a stock block is this reliable on the 325???????
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