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15th December 2006

BMW E36 Information!

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The E36 automobile platform was the
basis for the 1991-1999 BMW 3 Series entry-level luxury car / compact executive
car. It was the successor to the BMW E30 and was eventually replaced by the BMW
E46 in 1999. The M3 was produced as an E36 from 1995-1999 in the US, and
1993-1999 in the European market.

E36 experienced enormous success in the market. It laid strong foundations for
the success the BMW E46 experienced in subsequent years. The E36 is considered
the performance benchmark in its class.


  • 316i (1990-1993)

  • 316i (1993-1998)

  • 318i (1990-1993)

  • 318i (1993-1998)

  • 318iS (1992-1996)

  • 318iS (1996-1998)

  • 318tds (1994-1998)

  • 320i (1991-1994)

  • 320i (1994-1998)

  • 323i (1995-1998)

  • 325i (1991-1995)

  • 325td (1991-1998)

  • 325tds (1993-1998)

  • 328i (1994-1998)

  • M3 (1997-1998)

  • M3 Evo (1995-1998)



  • 316i (1993-1998)

  • 318is (1992-1996)

  • 318is (1996-1998)

  • 320i (1992)

  • 320i (1992-1998)

  • 323is (1995-1999)

  • 325is (1992-1995)

  • 328i (1995-1998)

  • 328is (1995-1999)

  • M3 (1992-1995) S50


Convertibles (Cabriolets)

  • 318ic (1994-1998)

  • 320ic (1993-1994)

  • 320ic (1994-1998)

  • 325ic (1993-1994)

  • 328ic (1995-1998)

  • M3 (1994-1996)

  • M3 (1996-1998)


Touring (Wagons)

  • 316iT (1998)

  • 318iT (1995-1998)

  • 318tds (1995-1998)

  • 320iT (1995-1998)

  • 325iT (1996-1998)

  • 325tds (1995-1998)

  • 328iT (1995-1998)



  • 316i (1994-1998)

  • 318tds (1995-1998)

  • 318ti (1994-1996)

  • 318ti (1996-1998)

  • 323ti (1996-1998)

BMW made an entry level version of the E36 called the BMW Compact, a three-door
hatchback. This platform is often referred to as the E36/5. In the United States
market the car was sold as the 318ti and was equipped with a 1.8 L, 139 bhp
M44B19 engine and was priced at USD23,000. Ostensibly due to slow US sales of
the E36/5 Compact, the E46 Compact was not sold in the United States.

A modified version of the E36 platform (sometimes called the E36/7) was used for
the BMW Z3 roadster.

Even though the BMW factory was producing its own E36 convertibles, the Baur
�Top Cabriolet� conversion was still available, possibly out of respect for the
long association of the two firms.

Among BMW enthusiasts, the E36 platform is considered one of the best BMW
designs of the past 20 years. Sales figures for 3 Series coupes, sedans, and
convertibles were at all time highs in North America and Europe. Against other
competitors, the E36 would repeatedly beat out the competition and won many
awards from major car magazines. The success of the E36 in addition to the
�quality� and �fun to drive� aspects of the platform gave BMW a strong market
identity and presence for many.

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  1. 1 On March 29th, 2007, Poopkin said:

    I’m owner of the e36 325i sedan produced in 10.1990 so information isn’t absolutely correct. Sorry for my English.

  2. 2 On March 29th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    Hi Poopkin,

    Well, it’s weird to hear that! I’ve done a quick search to make sure of my info and it all agreed that the 325i was produced starting from 1991. All what I can think of is that maybe your 325i is one of the first of its kind to life!! Cool man.