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BMW E36 M3 EVO vs Subaru Impreza WRX STI … The ultimate challenge!

21st August 2007

BMW E36 M3 EVO vs Subaru Impreza WRX STI … The ultimate challenge!

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Hey friends. I hope you all missed my videos as I didn’t post any BMW E36 racing videos for some time now. I hope you all know I didn’t do that on purpose as I know how much you all love BMW cars especially E36 ones and how much you love watching them. Today, I’ve found this video of a BMW E36 M3 EVO racing a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. In this video, who do you think would win the race? come on boys . . . anyone? I’m sure you all know it’s a bit hard to judge without seeing first, so here you go. Take a look and see if you’ve guessed it right.


I hope you liked the video . . . if not, come on let’s see your videos 😉

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  1. 1 On July 11th, 2008, david ladd said:

    Bought e36 evo(1996) in Dec.2007,with 111000 miles.I am not a mechanic!! Dyno test carried out after Viper carbon induction fitted gave 300 bhp @ flywheel. Then had re-map done by C.A. Automotive (mobile) when engineer pointed out that a vanos error was showing up. He said it was o.k. to go ahead with re-map and I foolishly agreed! Further dyno run showed 249 b.h.p. and similar loss of torque.I then had induction side vanos valve replaced and a third dyno run brought no improvement.Roy at C.A. then advised a full vanos check G.T.1 equipment-which showed up as”faulty vanos–replace vanos” I did not qualify for a full refund of my £425 because the engine was not 100% efficient, (even though the C.A. engineer had said it was O.K. to proceed). C.A. then restored the original map at my request,at no cost.A 4th dyno run gave an improvement of 15bhp to 264, but with torque only 215 @ 5550 rpm. | have sounded out a couple of specialists about what action to take next, as i cannot afford £2000+ for a new vanos, and as there is no noise from it I`m not even sure that this is at the root of the problem. I have a slight but permanent oil leak from the engine area, could this be relevant? I should welcome some objective advice, as I do not really fancy a second hand vanos with a limited warranty! Should I start saving up? P.S. Is this a record? Labour estimate from main dealer Knights of Stoke to fit a new vanos breaks down as £171.00 per hour !!!

  2. 2 On July 18th, 2008, Rupert Ell said:


    First thing to check is the vanos cover screws, just make sure they are all in place and tight, don’t go mad tightening them. If there is any problem here the solenoids could be damaged. Next check the solenoids for continuity, unplug each pair in turn and at the end leading to the solenoid check the resistance between the centre of the 3 pin plug and each end pin, should be approx 4 ohms. A pair of solenoids is £210 and easy to fit.