Hi everyone I'm so confused on what E36 Bimmer I should buy, I'm stuck Between 325is and 328is. From reading the forum I'm quite aware that the 325is are well known for overheating. so please send me some responses on which one is better and why. Thanks alot
Both cars are known for overheating. All BMWs are known for having cooling system issues if not well taken care of.
It really depends on what you are planning to do with the car. If you want to get the most power possible out of he engine without using forced induction, I'd go with the 325is. The engine management system is OBDI, and with the use of a chip, etc., you can get plenty of power from it. If you will go stock or are going to do FI, then the 328is is the way to go -- this engine responds very well to turboing. ANd stock, it has slightly more power and a noticeable amount more torque than an 325is.
The 328is was teh replacement for the 325is starting with the 1996 model year. In general, they should be equivalent. My personal recommendation would be the 328is -- larger engine displacement and will tend to be newer.
328is..........will be a few years newer than the 325is.....& in my opinion will be easier to find in decent shape.....plus, I am a little bias.....for I own a 97' Black on Black 328i with the Optional Sports Package......& I love this car.....& I know I got some extra power out of the 2.8 with these modifications....M50 Intake Manifold Swap, CAI, Supersprint free flow Catback Muffler, & the Conforti Shark Injector Software.....just my 2 cents!
No. There is absolutely no debate. The 323is is nowhere close to beating out either the 328is nor the 325is. It is the worst of both worlds: the more restrictive OBDII engine management system of the 328i coupled with the smaller displacement of the 325is. Less power and less torque is not what I would choose.
aside from the obdII problem, why dont u just go up to an e36 m-3. i got a 99 and it's got balls. not to mention u got a decent amount of power to begin with. it might be alittle pricier but ur getting better overall performance and more upgrade options.
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