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Old 07-12-2005, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im thinking about getting a M3 to pretty much mod the hell outta it. I want to get as much power out of it as i can. What year should i get? and also should i go with turbo or supercharger? and what else is there that i can do to get my hp way up there? Thanks alot!

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Old 07-12-2005, 10:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like you have a good budget, if i were you buy a e46 M3
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I'd go with the Euro-spec M3 E36
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would try to get my hands on a 1995 M3... my personal favourite. and supercharge it... http://www.activeautowerke.com/Supercharge...upercharger.cfm .... it's a little pricey but look at the horsepower gains...

the e46 M3 is one hell of a car though, so I'd have to agree with Furious, if you got the bucks may as well get something newer. It all depends if you enjoy building or just buying. I get more satisfaction out of building.
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By the numbers the 97 and 98 M3 have the fastest 0-60 stock, the 95 is OBDI though. I have driven both an E36 M3(1995, 1999) and a 2003 E46 M3. The E46 is a better car, stock, plain and simple. I like it alot more, but the supercharged E36 would be cool too, just alot of work and money to invest when it is not going to increase the value of the car, people don't want to buy a car that has been modded out(probably raced).


Go with an E46 M3
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the OBD - 1 m3 (1995)
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You can get the best of all worlds, and get a european spec e36 m3 EVO and supercharge it. That would rape an e46.
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Be more specific. Price range for car. And price range for mods.

Since you are posting int he e36 section Ill assume e36 M3. Your ebst bet for modding is the 95 M3 OBDI. Then if you cant find that, look for a 97-98 M3 OBDII.

If you were to go forced induction there are a lot of factors. Turbo would be mroe difficult to do just because of BMW's terrible compression ratio and what not. Supercharger would be better but you wont get the insane numbers like a turbo. Give us more information to work with.
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But what about the usable range of the s/c versus spool up time in the turbo?
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I can ship a Eurospec M3 for ya.
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HOW MUCH FOR A 95 EURO SPEC M3?
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I would look into doing something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...item=4523534153

this bmw would kill any M3's out there...

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price range...preferably 20-35 grand. I was thinking a 95 that way i could change out the chip..but i dont know how much of a difference that would make compared to an OBD-II. And in terms of supercharger vs. turbo...is there anything i can do to help the compression? i would like to try to go turbo...that way i can adjust my psi and what not...this car will probably be used for autocross in the near future as well...so if there is any advantages of having a supercharger vs. turbo for that too....thanks a lot for the replies guys...very helpful.
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Pistons are the best way to lower the compression ratio. Although you are asking for a definite decrease in the life span of the engine and its parts.

Chances are you won't be boosting very high in your BMW at all. You probably wont find a ridiculously big turbine either so you dont really need to worry too much about turbo lag. A supercharger is ideal for track just because of the consistent boost, but if you are autocrossing and you stay on the boost in a turbo you shouldnt have a problem.

i got tired so im nto goign to finish my post. ask more specific questions.
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eurospec m3 evo? whats the big deal with those? never heard of that...haha
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