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    Just fit a M3 engine
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikaveli View Post
    I've got a basically standard 328i MTec, looking to spend some cash on upping the overall performance and handling of my car - keeping it balanced in all areas as much as possible.

    This is my initial spending plan:

    M50 manifold, tb and remap. £900.
    Ferodo track pads, braided lines, fluid and bleed. £250.
    CA-Autos under-engine cross brace. £115.
    After market panel filter (keeping OEM airbox). £35.
    Eibach / Bilstein spring and shock kit. £700.

    So what do you guy's reckon - have I missed anything obvious, is anything listed a total waste of cash?

    And before anyone asks, no I don't want an M3 - my car has every lux option I want, mint condition and is well serviced. I think I'd struggle to find a reasonably cheap M3 anywhere near as good...
    I have an M50 manifold & throttle body for sale if your interested? £65 and it'll be yours
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Your prices are a bit on the high side. Are you intending to do the work yourself or pay somebody?

    Have you thought about going for 330 disks and calipers?

    As said diff and cams should help.
    How direct a replacement are 330 discs - would I need to get anything fabricated?
     
     

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    Bolts on with no fabircation required, use the 330 calipers and caliper carriers.

    Some people also change the master cylinder at the same time to the E36 M3 3 litre one.

    I take it you have 17 inch BBS wheels?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Bolts on with no fabircation required, use the 330 calipers and caliper carriers.

    Some people also change the master cylinder at the same time to the E36 M3 3 litre one.

    I take it you have 17 inch BBS wheels?
    I've got 17's (BMW's not BBS) - which I'm assuming I'll need for space for the bigger discs. Sounds like a good/easy mod. Thanks for the heads up.
     
     

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    spend 2 grand on a 95 328? The car is not worth that. As has already been said sell the 328, add the 2 grand and buy a 330. How simple is that?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclesam View Post
    spend 2 grand on a 95 328? The car is not worth that. As has already been said sell the 328, add the 2 grand and buy a 330. How simple is that?
    Well, it's worth about 2k. A 2001 330i coupe will set me back around £5k, so taking part-ex into account it's still the more expensive option by a wide margin.

    Besides, I've got attached to my current motor.
     
     

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    To even things out a bit, the 328 does have it's advantages over the M3. I'm still trying to figure out which I prefer! Many people own an M for a bit and then go back to the 328.

    You thought about at least taking a M3 for a test drive so you can make an informed decision?

    The 330 is a better car but there's something a bit special about the 328 sports. I was tempted by a 330 but I just couldn't see myself in one.

    I don't think that £2k is too much to spend on a 328, especially if it's one you like. Remember even if you got a M3, the standard suspension is likely to be shot and in need of replacement that will set you back at least £1k. Or maybe you won't like the standard setup and want to upgrade it anyway!

    My wish list for my 328 (without getting too carried away) was:

    Manifold
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    Eibach springs (standard replacement shocks if required)
    Eibach ARB
    LSD.

    Done!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    To even things out a bit, the 328 does have it's advantages over the M3. I'm still trying to figure out which I prefer! Many people own an M for a bit and then go back to the 328.

    You thought about at least taking a M3 for a test drive so you can make an informed decision?

    The 330 is a better car but there's something a bit special about the 328 sports. I was tempted by a 330 but I just couldn't see myself in one.

    I don't think that £2k is too much to spend on a 328, especially if it's one you like. Remember even if you got a M3, the standard suspension is likely to be shot and in need of replacement that will set you back at least £1k. Or maybe you won't like the standard setup and want to upgrade it anyway!

    My wish list for my 328 (without getting too carried away) was:

    Manifold
    Remap
    Eibach springs (standard replacement shocks if required)
    Eibach ARB
    LSD.

    Done!
    I'd like an M3, but the insurance and other running costs would be a bit of a killer. I still think I'd struggle to get a good one for a decent price, plus like you say - the suspension etc is bound to be tired so after purchase I'd still have money to spend.

    How much would a costmetically/mechanically mint circa '95 M3 cost verses what I could sell my 328 for?
     
     

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    Seen tidy 1995 M3's go for £3-4k. Seen really mint one's (3 litres) go for £4k. My brother is also looking for a M3 or M3 Evo for around that sort of money.

    Ian
     
     

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