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    Hi im new to this site so sorry if i make any mistakes. i have jst become the proud owner of my first BMW it is a e36 318is saloon in artic silver. i want the most from my baby and was looking for advice on performance parts.

    I am looking to have a great all rounder and would like to hear ppls views on various handling parts (coilovers, brakes etc) as well as exhaust systems and air filters i am only 19 and have limited funds so no turbos unfortunatly

    any advice wud be much apprciated
     
     

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    Welcome, the 318is saloon is quite rare. Are you sure it is the 318is rather than the 318i se? Not saying it's not the 318is - it's a late model so could well be the 318is!

    As for mods remember to factor in the cost of mods on your insurance as well as the initial outlay!

    What's your budget?

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    Been thinking about this, unless you are going to throw thousands at it and keep it for a long time I'd probably not spend too much and start saving for your next car.

    In the meantime I'd probably look at fitting a set of lowering springs and maybe a remap. I'd then spend the rest of the money on a few track days!

    The 318is is already pretty highly tuned and you would have to spend a fortune to get anything out of it. Bolt on mods like exhausts and induction kits are not going to give you much - BMW tend to design their cars pretty well! I have had two 318is's and have spent a fortune on mods on them!

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    jst read the secound post soz yeah i was thinking of savin 4 a 325 any ideas for the lowering springs ane remap and prices cheers 4 the help
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Welcome, the 318is saloon is quite rare. Are you sure it is the 318is rather than the 318i se? Not saying it's not the 318is - it's a late model so could well be the 318is!

    As for mods remember to factor in the cost of mods on your insurance as well as the initial outlay!

    What's your budget?

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    My brother's mate's Dad had a 318is Saloon. I never believed that it was an iS until I saw it. Lovely example, fully loaded

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    Been thinking about this, unless you are going to throw thousands at it and keep it for a long time I'd probably not spend too much and start saving for your next car.

    In the meantime I'd probably look at fitting a set of lowering springs and maybe a remap. I'd then spend the rest of the money on a few track days!

    The 318is is already pretty highly tuned and you would have to spend a fortune to get anything out of it. Bolt on mods like exhausts and induction kits are not going to give you much - BMW tend to design their cars pretty well! I have had two 318is's and have spent a fortune on mods on them!

    Ian
    Sound advice here, I spent a lot of money trying to squeeze extra ponies under my bonnet and did not succeed even with De-cat, full Scorpion stainless exhaust, superchip and induction kit.

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    jst read the secound post soz yeah i was thinking of savin 4 a 325 any ideas for the lowering springs ane remap and prices cheers 4 the help
    On my 318is coupe I used the G-max sports suspension kit (60mm) with Eibach anti-roll bars and polyurethane bushes all around and the car stuck like sh*t to a blanket

    I eventually got my extra ponnies, 286 to be precise, came in the form of the 3.0litre Motorsport S50 engine
     
     

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    MMMM POWERRR... minor clarkson moment there lol
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    MMMM POWERRR... minor clarkson moment there lol



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    On my coupe I really liked my Eibach Pro springs. Perfect balance between comfort / performance. I paid £80 for the springs but they are usually about £130. Unless you fit them yourself gettting a garage to fit them is going to cost anywhere between £50 upto about 4 hours labour! It's best to get the wheel alignement adjusted afterwards so factor in another £50-100.

    ECU remap would cost £150-300 and will give you 10-15bhp.

    The light 318is really handles well, my 328 sport is a boat in comparison. If you can carry more speed around the corners you end up quicker down the straights!
     
     

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    thanks 4 all the help guys goin to go shop 4 some springs now and save 4 a new car when my insurence drops abit lol

    jst wondering what cars you guys are driving?
     
     

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    My 318is is now fully M3 converted albeit still off the road and my 325tds has a replacement engine waiting to go in.

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