BMW E36 Specification

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Reviews Specifications and Prices BMW E36 3 Series – Calling the name “German car” will certainly only be implied in the minds of the two biggest brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz. We can not deny this. BMW became the target for teenagers or easy executives who crave a sedan with a sporty sense of handling. While Mercedes-Benz famous for its extraordinary comfort. One of the most legendary BMW sedans in the 90s would be the above-average handling capability of the BMW E36 Series-3, which is the third generation of the 3-Series line, replacing the BMW 3-Series E30.

Globally, the BMW E36 was first sold in the late 1990s for the April 1991 European market for the North American market, after a long development process from 1983 and inaugurated in 1988. The car design by Darrin Boyer and Jori Nagashima is present in shape sedan, coupe, wagon, convertible, and hatchback, as well as the most powerful variant of the M3. This car itself just entered into Indonesia in 1992 which is dominated by 4-door sedan variant. While other variants only entered specifically through General Importers and imports of used units through the port of Sabang and Batam.

Since its inaugural sales in 1992, the BMW E36 comes via a choice of type 318i using a 1.8 liter M40 4 cylinder SOHC engine like its predecessor, the BMW 318i E30 which became the mascot in the Si Boy Note film. At the end of 1993, BMW brings BMW 320i engined M50B20 6 cylinder 2.0 liter capacity as the highest type. After the 318i type was manufactured until the end of 1994, BMW temporarily suspended its sales before being replaced by a 318i presence with new engine options in 1996. Here, BMW replaced the 318i type engine from the beginning of the M40B18 to the M43B18 while performing minor facelift for the E36 family. Capacity is still 1.8 liters, the difference is in the timing drive that re-use the timing chain as contained in 318 E30 M10B18 engine. Furthermore, BMW re-released a new variant of the E36 family of BMW 323i with M52B25 engine capacity of 2.5 liters in 1996 which replaces the position of the 320i market. This is the first variant in Indonesia that does not follow the nomenclature of the BMW naming system where the second and third numbers indicate engine capacity. BMW also sells 323i Limited Edition type which is sold in limited with some additional features. Of the three types, only BMW 318i and 323i were sold until 1998 before being replaced by the presence of the BMW E46 3 Series. While the BMW 320i was first discontinued sales in 1996.

In the local market, BMW E36 is under the market when the transition between the BMW E34 Series-5 and BMW E39 Series-5 is entered into the compact executive sedan segment. As usual, all BMW sedans have quite a lot of competitors coming from Japanese manufacturers due to long life cycle. Among others, Toyota Great Corolla followed by Toyota New Corolla All New, Mitsubishi Lancer CB followed by Mitsubishi Lancer CK, and Honda Civic Genio followed by Honda Civic Ferio. Meanwhile, from European manufacturers, rivals are the most fierce competition is for E36 fellow Europeans are Mercedes-Benz W202 C-Class and also Volvo 850 / S70 T5.

 

Exterior BMW E36 Series-3
For the exterior, BMW made a major overhaul of the 3-series before the E36 was born based on user feedback E30 so it was born a design called “Dolphin Shape” and applied to the E36. With the dimensions that swelled the BMW aerodynamic elements forward here. In fact he became the most aerodynamic sedan of his time. This massive change proved to be a positive impact because it can create a weight distribution with a 50:50 ratio between the front and rear of the car. On the front, the BMW E36 has left a boxed body and also a round lamp model. Instead, a pair of model box lights is used with the adoption of the projector to keep the light evenly in all directions. Not to mention also, kidney grille that became typical BMW also revised to be wider than the E30.

Furthermore, when entering the facelift (or often called LCI), BMW slightly remodel the front of all variants of the E36 circulating in Indonesia. One of the redesigned parts is the initially flat front bumper with small holes into the firm lines that connect between the two foglamps. Kidney grille characteristic of BMW also did not escape the renewal. Although it looks the same, but on the facelift model of the chrome ring on the grill slightly juts out.

Next is one model of the E36 variant with a sporty look similar to the E36 M3 version with Mtech bumper. Usually Mtech packages are provided for the 323i Limited Edition (LE) type but now many are also paired to other types as desired by previous vehicle owners. So no wonder if many units of former E36 type other than 323i LE use bumper as shown in the following picture.

On the side, the E36 adopted a silhouette design line like a gust of wind from the front that ended in the back. The rear is designed to increase in such a way that can provide a downforce that helps the stability of the car so that traction of the tires to be more leverage. Compared to its predecessor, the BMW E30, E36 has dimensions longer 108 mm to 4,443 mm, wider 65 mm to 1,710 mm, 13 mm longer to 1,393 mm and the wheel axis longer 130 mm to 2,700 mm. The more swell dimensions certainly provide advantages for the interior area where the cabin becomes wider. So the availability of legroom and headroom which is the weakness of the E30 so covered in this generation. Both the prefacelift and the facelift, there is no difference to the side area except the model wheels and as well as its size (depending on type).

On the side, the E36 adopted a silhouette design line like a gust of wind from the front that ended in the back. The rear is designed to increase in such a way that can provide a downforce that helps the stability of the car so that traction of the tires to be more leverage. Compared to its predecessor, the BMW E30, E36 has dimensions longer 108 mm to 4,443 mm, wider 65 mm to 1,710 mm, 13 mm longer to 1,393 mm and the wheel axis longer 130 mm to 2,700 mm. The more swell dimensions certainly provide advantages for the interior area where the cabin becomes wider. So the availability of legroom and headroom which is the weakness of the E30 so covered in this generation. Both the prefacelift and the facelift, there is no difference to the side area except the model wheels and as well as its size (depending on type).

 

Interior of the BMW E36 Series-3.

Moving into the cabin, you will be greeted by a sporty interior typical of the BMW 3-Series where the dashboard design leads to the driver’s position. Sophisticated features with complicated electrical functions are present in E36. Call it like OBC (On Board Computer), ABS, Stability Control and airbags. Although sophisticated, but over time and the age of cars that are no longer young, the electrical features are particularly vulnerable to damaged OBC. If damaged, repair costs are also quite expensive. OBC itself function is to detect the state of the engine and other features directly from within the cabin. So if there is an interruption, the information will be delivered through the OBC. Generally, interior color schemes are present for the local market in the form of black color with the use of the three crossbar for the prefacelift model.

At the time of facelift, BMW only slightly polish the interior look of all variants of the E36. The only significant change is on the steering wheel being a crossbar and also the use of digital air conditioning. For the 323i Limited Editon type, some touch wood panels and also genuine leather seats are present in it so it looks more exclusive than the other types.

For the rear cabin area, still fairly narrow though slightly improved from the E30. The shape of the seat also feels more comfortable to occupy and is also supported by two headrest in the back seat. Starting from this generation, it seems BMW is trying to make the rear passengers feel comfortable. However, still comfort still lost to Mercy W202 who became rivals weight.

 

 

Performance and Performance of the BMW E36 3-Series Engine

As mentioned above, BMW E36 is sold with various types and choices of machines that quite a lot. Let’s start at the smallest. The first engine capacity of 1.8 liter with the code name M40B18 (commonly referred to as M40 only), which is attached to the BMW 318i prefacelift or initial output. The engine adopted from the BMW 318i E30 has a 4-cylinder inline configuration of SOHC 8 valves, powered by 116 HP at 5,500 RPM and torque of 165 Nm at 4,250 RPM. M40 engine presented a choice of manual transmission and also automatic. Sales process was stopped at the end of 1994 to 1995 before finally type 318i re-sale type using a new machine.

Furthermore, when BMW did a facelift, kitchen runway 318i be replaced from M40B18 to M43B18 whose sales started in 1996. The difference is in the use of timing chain from the previous in the form of timing belt. Power that can be produced to 115 HP at 5,500 RPM and 168 Nm of torque at 3,900 RPM. Unfortunately, in this variant only comes with a manual transmission only. In addition, the M43 engine became the most popular machine in the E36 family as well as famous among old car lovers because its maintenance is easier than other engine options.

One top level, there is a choice of 2.0-liter engine that is fitted to the type 320i prefacelift with M50B20 engine code. The machine, introduced in 1993, has a 6-cylinder inline configuration of 24 valves and is the smallest capacity engine among other BMW 6-cylinder engines. The main difference of the engine variant paired on the 318i type is the variable valve of the DOHC M50 engine already. Strength able to penetrate the number of 150 HP at 6,000 RPM and torque of 190 Nm at 4700 RPM. The following year, or in 1994, BMW uses Single VANOS (Variable Nockenwellen Steuerung) technology for the M50 engine that functions to drive variable noken as to produce better fuel efficiency. How it works more or less the same as the existing VVT-i technology on Toyota engines. With the update on the machine with the same code, the machine naming system is distinguished by the addition of TU (Technical Update) letter in front of the machine name, where the M50B20 becomes M50B20TU. For output there is nothing different, only peak power and torque can be achieved at lower RPM, which is 150 HP at 5,900 RPM and torque of 190 Nm at 4,200 RPM.

Entering mid-1995, BMW introduced the M52B20 engine as a new spur engine for the 320i E36 to replace the M50 engine above. This machine has also implemented Single VANOS technology. Both power and torque are produced no different from the M50 (non TU) engine. The biggest difference from the previous machine is on the use of new engine block head in the form of aluminum coated nikasil from the previous that still use the block of machine made of iron. For the record, this M52 engine is very susceptible to damage if using fuel and low quality oil because nikasil tend to be sensitive to high sulfur content that usually leaves the crust due to less than perfect combustion process. In other terms, the nikasil layer (nickel) undergoes a chemical reaction with the sulfur, so it will gnaw the block walls and eventually propagate into the piston ring. High levels of sulfur is mostly contained in gasoline with octane number 88 (premium). The main symptoms can be seen from the berukurangnya oil and exhaust smoke more than usual when the distarter and engine temperature faster heat.

Finally, BMW issued the BMW 323i in 1996 (when facelift) as the highest variant of all members of the E36 family, replacing the 320i M52 position that was sold for only a year. The engine capacity of 2.5 liters with code M52B25. The same engine as the 320i above but the capacity is bigger. Uniquely, the BMW 323i just does not follow the codename according to the nomenclature of the BMW naming system where the numbers behind the serial numbers indicate engine capacity. Here, 323i adopted a 6-cylinder engine with a 2.5-liter M52B25 code. For the energy business generated large enough, namely 170 HP at 5,500 RPM and peak torque of 245 Nm at 3950 RPM. This machine also uses an aluminum engine block with nilkasil coating. As a result, the disease is more or less the same as 320i M52 engine.

 

Impression and Handling BMW E36 Series-3
Can not be denied, the BMW E36 is one sedan that is very comfortable to drive. This comfort depicts the identity of the E36 as a sporty sedan and cares drivers, not passengers. This is certainly not without cause, E36 became the first series-3 who get an update in the sector of the foot that was adopted from BMW Z1 with multilink suspension Z-Axle. So that the resulting handling to be the best in its class at the time. Even with a little touch in the addition of stability parts of the aftermarket products, this car can directly bulldoze the circuit track.

In some variants such as 323i, BMW join the latest technology buried in its time that is traction control system or traction control. These traction controls can react to the difference in rotation of different ratios between the front and rear wheels by reducing throttle reactions, so that the rear wheels remain under control. This also has a positive effect because it can reduce the symptoms of spin on the rear tires that often cause wear and tear on the rear tires.

For additional information, each type of E36 variant can be distinguished through its disc brakes. Front and rear brakes BMW 318i prefacelift yet ventilated. For the 320i prefacelift and facelift, the front brakes are ventilated but there is no ventilation on the rear brake and this also applies to 318i facelift. While the 323i, both front and rear brakes are ventilated.

Similarly, a full review of the review of specifications, prices, and advantages and disadvantages BMW E36 Series-3. In essence, the BMW E36 really reflects the definition of the slogan “Ultimate Driving Machine”. This car is perfect for beginners who just want to taste a European sedan, especially medium variants such as type 320i because the electricity is relatively easy to handle than the series-3 successors such as E46 or his brother, BMW E-39 series-5 is much more complicated.

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