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Hey Finny,
Welcome to the forum.Whats the spec on your 323? I'm in the market for a 97/98 323 with m-kit on it.How do you find the 323?
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Thanks for the welcome.I find it a great car
plenty of power (well for a while anyway).
Just watch out for the nikel problem in the block just make sure the car is idling smoothly or to be safer just do a compression test on it.
I havent had a bit of trouble from it since i bought it about 3 months ago had a 318i before that.

Mines a 96 coupe no m-tec kit.At the moment i have it lowerd with h+r springs 17in masitaly 5 spokes,scorpion stainless steel exaust and front eyebrows.Im waiting at the moment for zeemax front and rear bumpers,gt class doublespoiler,m3 mirrors and clear lights all round.
ill post a pic soon.

Whats the spec on ur 318is? and have u any pics?
 

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Hi Finny,
Mines a 318is coupe,half leather interior,full m3 bodykit and alloys.I've not done much to it since I got it last June except I put a piper x air filter in it and it made a slight difference in the poke.

I've been reading about the nikel problem in the 6 cylinders but do BMW not sort that problem for you??

There a few images of my car on the web link below.

Cheers
Richie

http://community.webshots.com/album/65717673FiYORM

 

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Hi lads. Hows it going???

I drive a 316i e30 and i noticed u were talking about that idling problem. Im no expert so can you tell me if that is serious and what i need to do cos i think mine has the same problem.

Thanx.

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The problem that some of the cars have is only related to the 1997 6 cylinder cars - 323i and 328i, amn't sure if the M3 is included. Its the nikasil bore issue - basically the block deteriorated rapidly afaik, and the engine lost compression and then died!!

All the cars of this year had an engine replacement by BMW under warranty... its the first thing to be checked when buying a 97 car...

Speaking of which, had a 97 323i for a test drive that one of the boys in Joe Duffys owned - they did the replacement themselves and a bit of fine tuning too... they reckoned the car was kicking out 190BHP ballpark!! Felt very very fast, €17K if anyones interested [:eek:]
 

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Is that 323 still available Ken? What colour is it and what sort of extras are included? m3 bodykit???

 

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Its Avus Blue - in very good condition. It has 17 inch alloys, but they're the E46 6 spoke style, which I don't really like on an E36.

It had black cloth interior, not sports either, and no mtec kit... had about 60K on the clock.

Bit too underspecced for my liking.[:-captain]

Theres a boston green 323i for sale in Premier Cars in Phibsboro - its been there for almost two years!! Its a 96 with 50K on the clock I think, and the leather interior is like mine.

They're looking for 16K but I reckon they'd snap your hand off if you offered 13...
 

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The nikal prob was from 96 to 98 i think.I dont know if mine has been done or not but most were.
@Rochey all is wrong with ur car is that ur idle control valve is gone try cleaning it first as most of the time this works.This idle problem happens to all 316's and 318's with the m40 engine.

also do u know what fine tuning they done to that 323
 

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I'm not actually sure what they did with the car to get the extra power - he mentioned that most of the detuning that was given to the 323i was ECU based, so I'd imagine they had a play around with that. If you're getting your own done I'd recommend a Dastek Unichip...
 

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Yeah ill be proberly doing some bits and pieces in a while another thing that dentunes them is the inlet manifold.But a manifold of the m50 engine will fit it so that would give it abit more.
 
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Nikasil affected M52 blocks on the 323, 328, 523, 528 and some of the 7 series. It was due to the high sulphur in the fuel.

Problems are very rough when starting from cold, poor starting when cold to to poor compression, drinking lots of oil.

13k for a 323 is fairly pricey IMO, reckon I should increase mine but that the irish road tax for you - destorys the market for high powered cars.

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Hey Shoca - welcome aboard. Its quiet around here at the moment, but hopefully we'll get a few more people joining up soon.

You were thinking of drifting with your 323i if I remember correctly? The panel filter and exhaust are a good start for the car - the 323i really benefits from these. To be honest, there'd be a lot of other things I'd spend my money on before going for a LSD, but it depends on what you want out of the car I suppose.

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@Shoca - if you are going to be doing a lot of drifting, look into getting a different Oil Sump with more Baffles and possibly increased oil capactiy - nothing worse then going sideways, with all of the oil to one side of the engine, and the car choking ;)

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