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Old 07-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to the Forum and I'm joining to the community of this fantastic brand, but I need some help from you if possible, since my first BMW was a 1999 E46 and I know few things about the E36 and E30.

I want to build a track day car, and the E36 was my choice, but I don't know much details about the engines of the M3, 328i and 325i beside the general things.
At this moment I'm looking for a 328i coupe with manual gear box, and want to gradually equip it to track and not to road.
Since I'm buying a old car, any details to look up, even if I have to rebuild the engine soon? Maybe transmissions or any other parts that are commonly faulty?

I'm also looking on the E30 but don't know if it have already an ECU!

Any inputs are appreciated

PS: Later I want to install a turbo kit
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to the Forum and I'm joining to the community of this fantastic brand, but I need some help from you if possible, since my first BMW was a 1999 E46 and I know few things about the E36 and E30.

I want to build a track day car, and the E36 was my choice, but I don't know much details about the engines of the M3, 328i and 325i beside the general things.
At this moment I'm looking for a 328i coupe with manual gear box, and want to gradually equip it to track and not to road.
Since I'm buying a old car, any details to look up, even if I have to rebuild the engine soon? Maybe transmissions or any other parts that are commonly faulty?

I'm also looking on the E30 but don't know if it have already an ECU!

Any inputs are appreciated

PS: Later I want to install a turbo kit
I personally have an e36 and it is a street car, but for a track car the e30 will give you a better engine bay to do all types of engine mods with less hassle than the later cars. when it come to turbo charging the e30 has better support due to turbo manifolds. the e36 strut towers reduces clearance. and yes any car with fuel injection has an ECU so if you purchase an e30 after i believe 87 then it has an ECU.
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