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PinkieMoscow 03-31-2009 12:16 PM

323is and M-Tech questions.
I got some feed back on my car from some members and I've decided not to repair, but part it out. I've started to look for a new car. The car I'm looking at right now is a 323is m tech, what years was this engine spec produced in? Is it reliable, what are some issues with it? Is it hard to get parts for? Secondly what is this m tech package. I know with the e30's you have m colours on the steering wheel. That's just about it. M tech is just for looks correct? No engine upgrades? Does e36 m tech come with m bumpers?

Thanx guys.

344i 03-31-2009 12:19 PM

what are you parting? Coupe?

PinkieMoscow 03-31-2009 12:20 PM

yah, it's a coupe. PM If you want parts. But I'll make a thread later on today.

PinkieMoscow 03-31-2009 12:41 PM

nvm, I just wikipedia'ed it.

98Dinan3 03-31-2009 12:45 PM

The 323 is a 2.5 straight six called the M52b25. They were available in 1998-99, and possibly 1997. It is basically the same as a 328, but with a slightly shorter stroke, giving it the .3 L less displacement. Since the 2.5 has a shorter stroke, it revs faster than the 2.8, and thus is a pretty snappy engine. BMW gave the 323 a REALLY restrictive exhaust to lower the hp, so the 2.5 would be less of a competitor to the 328. Change the midsection and catback, and you get all that power back.

As far as the chassis goes, it's the same as the 328. Suspension components, body panels, etc... are all the same.

Basically the 323 is a 328 with a very small difference in power. With the midsection/exhaust changed out, and some software you'll be right in the 2.8 territory. You'll also be paying slightly lower insurance.

If it was me, I would only be concerned with the condition of the car, and the options it had. The size of the engine wouldn't be my main concern, especially with S52's going so cheap theses days.

Anyway, if you end up with the 323 shoot me a PM. I've got a Dinan stage 3 ECU for a 323 kicking around.

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