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Old 02-08-2004, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking into getting a bimmer for a daily driver that i could have some fun cruising in (cruising means maybe breaking the speed limit when i get the urge but don't say anything). I love the sort of boxed-front of some of the older BMW cars like the E36 and the E34 and maybe even the E30. I want an all around car...and i'd think the roomier the better but why is it that the E36 seems to be the most popular. And what do you guys think about the 7 series in the same years? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance guys PEACE
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally love the mid 90's 7-series styling thats goes all the way up to till new body style(which I hate)!! E34's have some speed adn style so its a hard choice
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Old 02-08-2004, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my thought on this is the e36 is more popular because its newer, and its more of a luxory car than the others. while still as sporty, if not more so. its got more amentys
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Old 02-08-2004, 09:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I live in NY, and i have a problem finding 7 series cars. So i think i'm going to either look farther for a 7 series or get a 5 or 3. you said that the e36 was more luxury, but isn't the 5 supposed to be more of a luxury car? and what are the main differences between the cars in the 5 series...and the differences in the 3 series. Like is the 318 jus a smaller engine compared to the 325? or is the 525 a smaller engine than another 5? Basically is the engine the only thing that determines the model number?

Can you guys be alittle more agressive with your opinions, i've read some posts and you guys collectively seem to be really supportive. That's good in a way but with some people (i.e. me) i need to be really SHOVED into the right direction haha. I guess i'm too hard headed, i need to see some force people. C'MON show me how much you guys love your bimmers!!!!!! TELL ME WHAT YOU GUYS THINK...not what you guys think others will agree with.
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Old 02-09-2004, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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B) Well, up here in Canada, at least in Calgary, it seems that the early to mid 90's 3, 5, and 7 Series models are going for about the same price range.

I suggest that you test drive at least one of each series before you buy anything - get a taste of what it is that defines BMW before you even decide that you want one...
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I suggest you get a e34 535i (with an M50 engine - after 92) ... a lot of room, comfortable ride, and a lot of power. it does not slurp on gas as much as 540, but is still powerful as hell.
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ok in reply to your question on engine differences etc.

first number determines the series EX 5 or 3 or 7 or...
second two number is engine displacement | a 325 would be a 3 series with a 2.5L engine.

as for the i and all that stuff...
i- injection
s -sport
e - eta (economy) 325e is basically a 3 series w/ a 2.7l engine
t or x- all wheel drive
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shit i lost my message so i'll sum it up

318 are different but nothing you whould probaly notice

3-5-7 depends on how many, how often, and how old, the people you are transporting are (unless driving plesure is more important) heavier cars tend to handle "worse"
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What would be the estimated horsepower levels of the E34 and E36 in the different sized engines? I mean alanh said that the 318 isn't that different but that's .7 cubic inches...round that up to a whole cubic inch and that seems like a lot to me (i am from the school of thought that utilizes the size of the engine to determine how much easy power is attaibable from an engine).
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ok in reply to your question on engine differences etc.

first number determines the series EX 5 or 3 or 7 or...
second two number is engine displacement | a 325 would be a 3 series with a 2.5L engine.

as for the i and all that stuff...
i- injection
s -sport
e - eta (economy) 325e is basically a 3 series w/ a 2.7l engine
t or x- all wheel drive
I saw on cribs there was a rapper with a 760 (which ive NEVER seen)... so that's a 6.0 liter? Jesus christ!
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e34:
2.5L 189 hp I6
3.0L 215 hp V8
4.0L 282 hp V8

e36:
1.9L 138 hp I4
2.8L 190 hp I6


dubumb yes that is 6 litre
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e34:
2.5L 189 hp I6
3.0L 215 hp V8
4.0L 282 hp V8

e36:
1.9L 138 hp I4
2.8L 190 hp I6


dubumb yes that is 6 litre
umm I dont know about your facts there on the E34....


I have an E34 and its a 3.5L I6 or V6(nto quite sure right now) and from what I know there is only one V8 available in the E34
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Maz, your car is a straight 6. there was never a 535i V8...

and yes there were two v8 versions of e34s:
93-95 530i and 540i with an M60 engine (V8)

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