View Full Version : Fs-1988 325 seta

04-15-2009, 11:07 PM
Well I figured before I post my car on Kijiji I'd check this place out, looking for a possible trade for another vehicle of some sort(semi beat e36 would be ideal)...

1988 325 sedan, 4 door, 5 spd, ran the vin and it came up as an SETA car, runs good, body is solid, timing belt and water pump have less then a 1000 kms on them, cirusblau(sp?) on blue vinyl/cloth interior..good tires, good brakes, good glass, good exhaust, shouldnt need anything except maybe an SI board or new cluster to go through a safety...

MIGHT need a front U-joint
ODO. quit at 383
has a miss in damp weather, after spraying the cap and wires with WD40 its good to go


reply here with interest...

$950 OBO... located 220 kms east of Scarborough in Kaladar, roughly 150 km west of Ottawa...

04-15-2009, 11:11 PM

04-16-2009, 01:26 AM
Super eta? hmmz

04-16-2009, 01:54 AM
super eta for sure. Too bad it has 400k on it. Those are getting rare.

04-16-2009, 12:06 PM
whats a seta?

04-16-2009, 02:21 PM
came with a 2.7 inline 6 i think

04-16-2009, 04:48 PM
whats a seta?

basically it is a 325 i6 2.7L eta "econo" engine that has an "i" head and domed pistons, as well as some other goodies that make it more fun then regular eta's

04-16-2009, 08:14 PM
So basically all you do is change to the 'i' harness and ECU and you've got a factory stroker. Much better than swapping 81mm eta cranks into regular M20 325i engines. Much less work involved.

But wow ... 400K ...

craz azn
04-16-2009, 09:09 PM
So basically all you do is change to the 'i' harness and ECU and you've got a factory stroker. Much better than swapping 81mm eta cranks into regular M20 325i engines. Much less work involved.

But wow ... 400K ...

Not that easy. Valvetrain still sucks, along with the cam... aka still requires head removal.

04-16-2009, 11:13 PM
pictures pls..

04-18-2009, 06:39 PM
Sorry guys I had no computer for the last week... to those who pm'd me, you also asked for pics so check the thread ahahha... I am going to TRY to get a couple up, im just getting comfortable with the new comp... THANKS!

and dont let the milage fool you, this car does not let it show...

04-18-2009, 09:05 PM
I had the same car. With a chip it showed some decent performance gains.
It would need head work to support a higher rpm, as the valve springs are still pretty soft.
It's a good starting point for a stroker.

04-19-2009, 02:09 AM
Thanks^, Also I would like to mention, I would LOVE a trade for a beatup e30 and some cash...I just want something that I dont feel bad molesting, this car does not deserve it lol.

04-19-2009, 02:16 AM
I have 418 on my eta and at still runs like new

04-19-2009, 12:19 PM
^ As much as that is true, your previous E30 owner was a wicked guy. He got it from BC and took really good care of it. Those kind of examples are meant to last.

04-20-2009, 03:38 PM
pm'ed ya.

may have a 1995 318ti that I would trade...we can discuss $$$ on PM or email.

thekartshop at hotmail dot com

04-20-2009, 10:31 PM


Those were the only pics I could manage...sorry.

The Sly
04-21-2009, 08:59 AM
Yep the Seta is getting very rare and there is definitely something to do with that engine to get better performance..
Yes the "i" head in there is not the best because of the single springs but a swap with a real i head and your in the game.
Also these Seta had a little higher red line but i would also go with the complete "i' harness and ECU for some more improvement and higher red line.

Also the 8.5 to 1 compression would be good for a turbo install...

Anyway it is a cheap way to get a 2.7i that has matched pistons to the i head.
And even if it is a Seta you can red line those engines to 7000rpm all day long...

So yes the Seta is getting very rare.


04-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Nice to see some intrest on 325E. Usually people go after "IS" COUPE.

04-21-2009, 06:38 PM
Looks like a solid car. Decent price too.

04-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Tentative sale, deposit made!

Maybe coming to a track near you!

04-21-2009, 10:55 PM

M20 engine tips:

The single mass M20 flywheel can be lightened significantly, though it is debatable whether going past 17 pounds is safe. Aluminum flywheels cost $500 or more and weigh a lot less. The dual mass flywheel found on later eta's actually has weights and springs inside and cannot be lightened.
Word has it that the 323i flywheel is the lightest of all if you can get one.

The 325i head flows much better than the 325e. The “I” cam is also much better. A nice upgrade for either engine is the 323 cam, which is, of course, found mostly in Europe. It has about ten degrees more duration than the 325i cam, though lift may be slightly lower.

A good start for an M20 is the "Super ETA" engine which only came in 1988 e30's. It combines the 325i head with the taller 2.7 block, longer 2.7 crank and 2.7 rods. Throw out the less desirable cam and throttle body for the 325i pieces and you're set. It may be easier to build your own "Super ETA" by using a common eta short block, the SETA's unique pistons and an I head. You can find the pistons for your buildup by posting a want ad at places like www.e30tech.com. You can also use the stock 2.7 pistons, but many seem to think it will cause very low compression. However, the reported 7.5 to 8.34:1 compression ratio is ideal for boost.

E30 325i owners debate whether building this 2.7 stroker is worth the hassle. You can also build a 2.8 stroker with a forged turbo disel m20 crank. The 2.7 crank is cast, but apparently it doesn't break. The M20 is a very tough engine.

Personally, I measured the chamber volume on both the “I” head and the “E” head and found little or no difference. The chambers are differently shaped, which is why I used the SETA pistons.

A euro 323i head has smaller ports than an I, but its still an upgrade for an ETA engine, as it raises compression significantly and may have better flow.

Shaving the M20 head for increased compression isn’t recommended as they often crack along the water channels, though they can be welded there to prevent cracking. Aftermarket head gaskets (MLS style) are available to lower compression to a desired level, and are popular for boost applications.

Use the Metric Blue head bolts from http://www.mcmaster.com.
Part Number 91303A306 grade 12.9 bolts- $10.56 per pack of 5. This has become the defacto headbolt option for everyone at www.e30tech.com, including many who are turbocharging their cars.

325e exhaust manifolds look to flow a bit less than 325i manifolds. The output flange is also oriented a bit differently.

The 325i intake manifold is much larger than the 325e intake manifold. So is the 325i throttle body.

The 325i injectors and fuel pressure regulator flow more fuel than the 325e. For more flow many e30 owners seem to use easily available 19 lb ford injectors.

Later E30's ('88 on?) had better EFI computers that allow for re-programmed chips.

04-26-2009, 05:33 PM

04-27-2009, 12:03 AM
Pleasure dealing with you...thanks for the delivery...long drive!

04-30-2009, 01:36 PM
^ As much as that is true, your previous E30 owner was a wicked guy. He got it from BC and took really good care of it. Those kind of examples are meant to last.

yea 85eta (Steve) is one of my best friends. Maybe he'll get it back one day if his wife lets him! haha

04-30-2009, 02:09 PM
I might be certifying this car and puting it back up for sale...might have found a different track candidate.

Its closer to Toronto now too!!

04-30-2009, 02:25 PM
hey legger are you looking for a clean 2dr shell?

05-07-2009, 11:48 AM
car will be back on the market soon, Interested?

will be certified too...in Wasaga Beach.

not going to be a race car now...maybe e36 instead.