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    As above, I recently bought a 320, it's a 1995 and engine wise is standard with the exception of an exhaust, imnot sure which exhaust it is though.
    Without an engine swap, which isn't completely out of the question what are the option with regards to performance upgrades?

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    Well best bang for buck is getting a bigger engine... the 3.2 Evo engine would take some fitting but can be done!

    Small thing would be exhaust scorpion are a good make and so is Supersprint and induction kit a Dave-F kit (Found on e-bay) or one you can buy is a K&N Gen II it comes with a air filter and a heatshield...

    and last but not least a Chip/Re-map means the same thing but just two different processe... It will depend on your ECU pre-1996 you would have to buy a made up programmed mirco chip for it... and then solder it in or if your ECU was Post-1996 you get a guy to plug in his laptop and adjust the map...

    but you are not going to get much from a 2.0ltr engine thought... my guess with all them mods at the most would be a extra 25bhp if your lucky... I think its 14bhp from the re-map being your best bang for buck... and you would have better drivabilty...

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    Thanks for your help, few things to think about!
    The eve engine looks mega expensive, are there any other engines you would consider swapping in on a more realistic budget.
    Also my car is made in 1995.
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    A 2.8 engine will take you from approx 150 bhp to 190 bhp fairly easily, however have a good look at similar conversions on the forum, paying special attention to the model year you source the engine from due to the EWS Immobiliser issue.
     
     

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    a 2.5l engine i think is the best for a e36 because they are throwing out 192bhp normal and i have that and it fly's you wont believe it, plus im going to get it chipped soon which will make it smoother drive
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAJ_786 View Post
    a 2.5l engine i think is the best for a e36 because they are throwing out 192bhp normal and i have that and it fly's you wont believe it, plus im going to get it chipped soon which will make it smoother drive

    Actually I would say the non EWS 1994 ish 325 inlet manifold and injection / engine management / ECU / loom etc for the M50 manifold conversion and non EWS ease of fitting, couple with a 328 engine and exhaust system.

    That would be the maximum ease of fitting and bang for the buck.

    You get the 192 BHP 328 engine, a better exhaust system from the 328, the extra power fo the M50 conversion and what is popularly called in the US a full OBD1 conversion which just means using the 325 wiring and injection / management system. Its a well tested combination that would probably give you around 215 - 220 BHP and a load mor torque


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    I've got a 2.0 aswell, they respond very well to a decent exhaust and induction kit(like all bimmers I suppose)

    I had a BMC Carbon Airbox and an eissenmann exhaust and IIRC she rolled at 168bhp, not a big increase but the car was transformed. It revved so free and easy and I was a happy bunny....for a while anyways, I'm currently doing an engine swap in the pursuit of more power
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricGer View Post
    I've got a 2.0 aswell, they respond very well to a decent exhaust and induction kit(like all bimmers I suppose)

    I had a BMC Carbon Airbox and an eissenmann exhaust and IIRC she rolled at 168bhp, not a big increase but the car was transformed. It revved so free and easy and I was a happy bunny....for a while anyways, I'm currently doing an engine swap in the pursuit of more power
    Interested in what engine you are swapping for, are you doing aa build thread?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by E36Coupe328 View Post
    Actually I would say the non EWS 1994 ish 325 inlet manifold and injection / engine management / ECU / loom etc for the M50 manifold conversion and non EWS ease of fitting, couple with a 328 engine and exhaust system.

    That would be the maximum ease of fitting and bang for the buck.

    You get the 192 BHP 328 engine, a better exhaust system from the 328, the extra power fo the M50 conversion and what is popularly called in the US a full OBD1 conversion which just means using the 325 wiring and injection / management system. Its a well tested combination that would probably give you around 215 - 220 BHP and a load mor torque
    thanks for the advice, i will have to do some research into the m50 conversion, as im not entirely sure what that is, im sure there will be plenty of reading on here.
     
     

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