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Hi Guys,

 

Thinking about switching to a BMW.  Why is nobody running E46's?  I have a lot of research to do but I like the look and pretty easy to find.  

 

Sorry I put this in the wrong section.  Not sure how to move it now.  

 

Advice please!

 

Brad

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35 minutes ago, ross2004 said:

E46 - 475 points

1994 Cadillac Eldorado - 525 points

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If it doesn't look good, write a petition to change it or at least email someone on the BOD . CCWS has processes and procedures in place to make these types of changes. 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, red0 said:

 

If it doesn't look good, write a petition to change it or at least email someone on the BOD . CCWS has processes and procedures in place to make these types of changes. 

 

 

Doesn't bother me one way or the other, I'll pass.

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15 hours ago, ABR-Glen said:

They were a recent addition to the VPI list. There was one at Road America last weekend and I'm sure many more to come, just give it time. Pretty attractive at 475 points I would say, and agree they are even easier to find than E36 around here. 

Makes me wonder if someone made a mistake on the chart and missed the line that says 500 pts for the 325 E46 to match the E36; would make sense given that the 328i E46 is the same 570 pts as the E36. Might be good to clarify that before building one.

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46 minutes ago, mender said:

Makes me wonder if someone made a mistake on the chart and missed the line that says 500 pts for the 325 E46 to match the E36; would make sense given that the 328i E46 is the same 570 pts as the E36. Might be good to clarify that before building one.

It was already asked about when the list was updated, Mike implied that it was not a mistake. 

 

It's actually the 323 model E46 that is 475 pts, the 325 is a later model with an M54.

 

The rear diff is the right place to spend your 25 points, but you're still giving up ~20hp to an E36 325, probably a pretty equal tradeoff. 

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38 minutes ago, ABR-Glen said:

It was already asked about when the list was updated, Mike implied that it was not a mistake. 

 

It's actually the 323 model E46 that is 475 pts, the 325 is a later model with an M54.

 

The rear diff is the right place to spend your 25 points, but you're still giving up ~20hp to an E36 325, probably a pretty equal tradeoff. 

Makes me wish I still had that 323ci that I picked up for 1k back in 2011.  

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18 minutes ago, Mellow Mike said:

I just got one from Jeep , as long as I own the car.

 

It still sucks if your car is permanently in the shop. 

 

Just ask @Bill Strong about the time he bought an "Ultimate Maintenance machine". 

 

 

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I'm still not sure how the BMW e36 325i M50 and the Lexus SC300 are both 500 pts.  The Lexus makes more HP, more torque and shares a number of components with the 3rd gen Supra.

 

At Daytona our '95 e36 with completely stock junkyard M50 and a turner chip was pulled everywhere by the Lexus.

 

Ryan

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9 minutes ago, reidry said:

I'm still not sure how the BMW e36 325i M50 and the Lexus SC300 are both 500 pts.  The Lexus makes more HP, more torque and shares a number of components with the 3rd gen Supra.

 

At Daytona our '95 e36 with completely stock junkyard M50 and a turner chip was pulled everywhere by the Lexus.

 

Ryan

 

The Lexus is a better car at Daytona, the E36 is a better car at AMP. Both cars are better than pretty much anything else 500 points or less. If you were getting pulled in the corners, I suggest you go faster through them. 

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11 minutes ago, reidry said:

At Daytona our '95 e36 with completely stock junkyard M50 and a turner chip was pulled everywhere by the Lexus.

That might be your problem... I know Kevin dynos their cars and rebuilds if the engine is showing age / losing power. You can't shouldn't expect junkyard stuff to be as good as rebuilt stuff.

 

And perhaps a more relevant point, as red0 said, the lexus is better at Daytona. Different tracks favour different cars. Daytona had approx. zero e30s in the top 10, but at VIR half the top 10 was e30s. I bet there's a track where the e36 would be better than the Lexus.

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