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Old 03-22-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
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What is the difference!: 99 M3 vs 99 328is

am i missing something?

vaders, body parts (bumper,skirts, spoiler etc), suspension, motor exhaust tranny diff rims cluster
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Old 03-22-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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shift knob, steering wheel, brakes (all components), M3 badging, door sills, black headliner, black visors/interiorlights/ohshit handles, m3 carpets, M3 stitching on rear seats, control arms, control arm bushings, steering rack, vin starting with WBS... (there's more)

the exhaust isn't really different, headers and midpipe are the same. catback is different.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #3
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the steering wheel is the same isn't it?

anything else?
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:43 PM   #4
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the steering wheel is the same isn't it?
I don't think so..
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #5
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Some 99 328's with sport packages came with the M3 wheel. If it has an ///M logo on it, its a M wheel. (my 98 328 came with a M3 wheel from factory)
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on top of everything already stated.... front strut mounts are different, as are the mounts for the sway bars, ABS pump, Master cylinder, subframe reinforcement, clutch, and on and on....

realistically, a very big portion of the car is ///M specific....
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did the 328is have the limited slip diff?
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:25 AM   #8
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No the 328is came with a 2.93 open diff. I know this because my ride is at charlie's getting a 3.15 LSD
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did the 328is have the limited slip diff?
Very few 96 328is has LSD. It got phased out by ASC.
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The M3 has a 3.2L motor
The 328 has a 2.8L motor...



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Old 03-24-2008, 01:38 PM   #11
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Thank you.

I thought the motor was the biggest and most important difference, but became doubtful after no one mentioned it. The 2.8L in the e46 (carry forward from e36) is a slower than a 2.8L in the e36.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:51 PM   #12
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The 2.8L in the e46 (carry forward from e36) is a slower than a 2.8L in the e36.
Actually the m52b28 in the e36 is different from the m54b28 in the e46.

Double Vanos, Alum Block...I believe electrical water pumps? or was that jus electrical fans, can't remember exactly, but proformance was improved slightly, the reason the e46 was slower, was probably because of weight.
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motor-wise... increased displacement, different cams, stiffer valve springs, ECU, exhaust.
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Actually the m52b28 in the e36 is different from the m54b28 in the e46.

Double Vanos, Alum Block...I believe electrical water pumps? or was that jus electrical fans, can't remember exactly, but proformance was improved slightly, the reason the e46 was slower, was probably because of weight.
E46 328 is M52B28TU. M54 = 2001+ engine family (320, 325, 330).

The TU motor had an even flatter torque curve, better fuel economy and lower emissions, but yeah the heavier car slowed acceleration a little bit.

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Old 03-25-2008, 12:47 AM   #15
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Thank you.

I thought the motor was the biggest and most important difference, but became doubtful after no one mentioned it. The 2.8L in the e46 (carry forward from e36) is a slower than a 2.8L in the e36.
honestly i think the motor wasnt mentioned because its obvious, if anyone doesnt know that they shouldnt be part of maxbimmer lol
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