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RE: PH Fleet: BMW 328i (E36)

RE: PH Fleet: BMW 328i (E36)

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duckhunt

114 posts

63 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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I love mine, but it will never be stripped out as my daily. great video!

LesKellet

236 posts

131 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Fancied one for a while since my adoptive brother had the 6 - 320i.
It is never to be though frown

StottyZr

6,420 posts

75 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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duckhunt said:
but it will never be stripped out as my daily
I drive a stripped daily. Grow some balls and strip it! Theres something about a car with no interior, it just feels better smile and more special.

I've been pondering about e36 M3s for a while, but this has turned my attention. A stripped 328i could be the answer scratchchin

Loved how the Porsches couldn't pull through the corners hehe everybody loves an underdog.

vtr_driver

106 posts

110 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Great choice!

I too was a big fan of the RX8, shame it went pop, but this looks like it'll be a good laugh and a lot cheaper.

Repent

306 posts

85 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Welcome to the fold! Followed the rex with keen interest, will do the same here, intrigued to see what paths you take smile
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EJH

513 posts

121 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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What a wonderful choice!

I bought one of these for commuting last November as my 911 was MIA during a rebuild. The 911 is now back…and I am afraid that the 328 had to be sold to make way for an E36 M3 saloon that was too good (and too cheap) not to buy!

Something about E36s; seriously lovely cars!

duckhunt

114 posts

63 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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StottyZr said:
I drive a stripped daily. Grow some balls and strip it! Theres something about a car with no interior, it just feels better smile and more special.

I've been pondering about e36 M3s for a while, but this has turned my attention. A stripped 328i could be the answer scratchchin

Loved how the Porsches couldn't pull through the corners hehe everybody loves an underdog.
I get it but I recently restored all the leather interior, I like to keep mine OEM looking. With invisible mods, manifold, lsd, etc

I love my tan - http://i.imgur.com/nV3KB.jpg

Its a cruiser not a bruiser!

brutepower

26 posts

124 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Make sure you remove the CDV from the line to the clutch slave to stop the clutch from slipping on high rpm gear changes, 5 min job that improves the clutch feel no end. The 328 coupe also had strengthening around the diff to stop it from pulling out of the car, not sure if the 4 door had this or not but worth finding out.

Frimley111R

7,344 posts

146 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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abw280 said:
Great stuff - overtaking the M3 at the start - just goes to show that a sub 200 bhp car in the right hands can thrash 321 bhp!
TBH you can thrash a 'shed' because you're not too concerned about stacking it. Crashing that M3 though....

blade7

6,689 posts

128 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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MarJay said:
(and specifically for the 328i)
4.) 325i intake manifold and remap. Should net you a good 20bhp.

Enjoy!
Easily 20bhp I'd have thought, on mine it transformed the way the car pulled from 5k up driving.

braddo

5,541 posts

100 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Dale, how did the RX8 compare to the 8:20 lap time?

Just wondering what ballpark it was in given the minimal mods it had (and realising different tyres and time of year might be factors in making the comparison vague).

It's hard to argue with the value and ability of the E36. Good luck. thumbup

wickenss

5 posts

74 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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"rotary ring tool" Sounds like something you'd get from Ann Summers!
Good luck with the German option, should be reliable at least

Maldini35

1,205 posts

100 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Great choice. Old 3 series make the best track cars.

If anybody wants a cheap but sorted E30 track car, there are a few very good cars for sale from the Production BMW Championship (PBMW) at the moment. £3k will get you a classic shaped 320i with full roll cage, race spec suspension, brakes and tyres.

Cheap RWD fun.


alanbradley

7 posts

51 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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I feel your pain about the RX-8. I also ignored cumulative knowledge and had to sell mine as a non-runner. I bought a Fiat Panda 100HP though which was hilarious for a couple of months although not the Teutonic powerhouse of an E46 328i which would have been a much better choice for my mileage...

Enjoy!

A

motorhole

408 posts

132 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Another cheap mod is to tear out the old dual-mass flywheel and clutch and replace with a lightened M20 flywheel and a sachs clutch from an E30 325i. Can take the M20 flywheels down to ~ 6.5kg.

namnol

37 posts

122 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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If you want to go anything Diff speak to J C Racing. John and Rush are the knowledge when it comes to BMW racing diffs, boxes the lot.

And they will not charge the earth.

http://www.jcracing.info/

braddo

5,541 posts

100 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Maldini35 said:
Great choice. Old 3 series make the best track cars.

If anybody wants a cheap but sorted E30 track car, there are a few very good cars for sale from the Production BMW Championship (PBMW) at the moment. £3k will get you a classic shaped 320i with full roll cage, race spec suspension, brakes and tyres.

Cheap RWD fun.

One of these with the engine from a 328 like Dale's sounds like a quick/fun package. Four or five times the budget though...

marcosgt

9,098 posts

88 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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rottie102 said:
marcosgt said:
Are BMW straight 6 engines really that cheap to fix if they go pop?

Surely a rebuild on a straight 6 isn't going to be cheap IF it does fail is it?

M.
What's the point in rebuilding when it's so easy and cheap just to put another engine in?
Ah! Lightbulb comes on...

M

Whiters

356 posts

151 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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Fantastic cars.

I can't imagine our 328 Touring on the 'ring. Even with refreshed (but stock) suspension, the steering is remote and body control quite amusing in SE spec. You really do feel that weight moving around. But the engine's a peach and when you just flow with it rather than hustle, it's an enjoyable sweet package.

Always fancied seeing what it would be like with suspension mods and a bit stiffer, but it's the wife's commuter so that's never going to happen. I'll be watching this evolve with interest!

Maldini35

1,205 posts

100 months

Tuesday 9th October 2012
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braddo said:
Maldini35 said:
Great choice. Old 3 series make the best track cars.

If anybody wants a cheap but sorted E30 track car, there are a few very good cars for sale from the Production BMW Championship (PBMW) at the moment. £3k will get you a classic shaped 320i with full roll cage, race spec suspension, brakes and tyres.

Cheap RWD fun.

One of these with the engine from a 328 like Dale's sounds like a quick/fun package. Four or five times the budget though...
I wouldn't so sure it's that far off the budget as we don't know what Dale spent on the mods and he'll need new rubber soon by the sound of it. A race seat and belts will probably follow soon to...

The e30 in the pic comes with a full spares package including a rebuilt 2.5l engine all for £3500.
Hard to argue with that.