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    I am thinking of buying a bmw e36 and am wondering what will give me the best power and tuning options with a total budget of around £4000. Tell me if i'm wrong but i was thinkin 1999 328 e36, which i can pick for around £2000 and spending £2000 ish on it or something lesser to start off with and spending a bit more on it?? Also is it advisable to be thinking about brakes if i'm gonna see an increase in power or are the standard ones up to it? thanks in advance
     
     

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    my experience of a 328i sport running about 210bhp + and standard brakes was they where more than good enough , suppose It depends how much your increasing the power
     
     

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    Check out this thread 328i e36 1997 tuning
     
     

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    yes m8 as above that is a good thead
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leezamonkey View Post
    I am thinking of buying a bmw e36 and am wondering what will give me the best power and tuning options with a total budget of around £4000. Tell me if i'm wrong but i was thinkin 1999 328 e36, which i can pick for around £2000 and spending £2000 ish on it or something lesser to start off with and spending a bit more on it?? Also is it advisable to be thinking about brakes if i'm gonna see an increase in power or are the standard ones up to it? thanks in advance
    Why not spend four grand on an m3 mate everything is done for you then there is some good ones about at the moment plus knocking people down will be easy as everyone is skint
     
     

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    3.0 litre M3 = 286bhp standard

    Good suggestion above if you haven't already bought the car and you can always spend more on it at a later date.

    IIRC the 328 is only approx 190bhp so there's a massive difference

    The 3.2litre 6 speed evi is 321bhp but uses the more troublesome twin vanos.

    To be honest I think a good driver in a 3.0litre would beat the 3.2litre every time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    3.0 litre M3 = 286bhp standard

    Good suggestion above if you haven't already bought the car and you can always spend more on it at a later date.

    IIRC the 328 is only approx 190bhp so there's a massive difference

    The 3.2litre 6 speed evi is 321bhp but uses the more troublesome twin vanos.

    To be honest I think a good driver in a 3.0litre would beat the 3.2litre every time
    What if you had two good drivers
     
     

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    I still reckon the 3.0litre would beat the 3.2
     
     

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    I would also back the M3 suggestion, but if you go the other way, depending on how much you beef the power up by, you might need to uprate the clutch as well as the brakes. Just something to bear in mind.

    But just get an M3!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    I still reckon the 3.0litre would beat the 3.2
    Biast aye i wonder why ?

    (EK71786) 1992 E36 318is Coupe manual, running (EA68568) 1995 3.0 litre M-power engine and running gear, Slammed on 20 " RYM's
     
     

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