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Turbo Charged BMW E36 318is

2nd October 2007

Turbo Charged BMW E36 318is

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I have found this video of a BMW E36 318is with a turbo. I timed it and it went from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. I think this is very good for a BMW 318is. I know that modifying a 318 is not a good thing to do and it’s better to start on a 325 or something. But I like this result for the 318is. What do you think guys?


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  1. 1 On October 17th, 2007, Bartek said:

    Hello friend. I from poland and i love BMW. Now I drive BMW E36 318 IS. This is the best car in world. I want bigger engine but I don’t have money. Good luck friend

  2. 2 On October 17th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    Thanks Bartek,

    I have 318Is and I love it so much!. I’ve heared that a bigger engine will definitely give you more joy, but I couldn’t afford it too. I hope I will get another BMW E36 with a bigger engine next time.

  3. 3 On October 19th, 2007, Bartek said:

    Me dream is owner BMW E36 with 2800 engine:), but now I can’t buy because I don have money for petrol:( Now is like 8-9l in road and 12 l petrol in city. 328…:):D GOOD Luck and sory for my language.

  4. 4 On October 19th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    It’s all about the gas cost and since it keeps climbing, We have to stick with a 318 I guess. But one day, I hope you will be able to get 328 or M3. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it much.

  5. 5 On October 19th, 2007, Bartek said:

    Sory friend this is my last comment.

  6. 6 On October 26th, 2007, mark harris said:

    Hi everyone, I would like to turbo my 1996 e36 328i any opinions, advice or help ?

  7. 7 On October 30th, 2007, 318iS said:

    You say “I know that modifying a 318 is not a good thing to do”… why not? The BMW m42 is one of the best engines they’ve ever made, with a forged crank and double row timing chain. If you add a downing atlanta supercharger they will produce over 200 bhp and still weigh 1250kg. The 318iS is the best handling e36 in the twisties!

  8. 8 On April 23rd, 2008, Bradley said:

    “Hi everyone, I would like to turbo my 1996 e36 328i any opinions, advice or help ?”

    DEFINATELY DO NOT TURBO YOUR 328i!!!!!!!!!!!

    The BMW 328i has a ‘Nikasil’ coating inside the engine block, and if your turbo your car, the engine will just roll over and die. Then 328i is the only engine with the Nikasil in the 3 series so you could turbo a 325i if you wanted?

  9. 9 On June 25th, 2008, Joe said:

    Hi, I’m from Slovakia /Europe. I brought my 11/1997 M-packet BMW from Germany this March. I have promised that this is the last four cylinder in my life. But I had to buy this biiimer even it wasn’t my tremendously preferred straight six, because it was in a perfect shape. The best value for money BMW – especially with all the (M3 type) S Pack extras. Fitted Schnitzer lowered suspension and M BMW 16 alloys – did not make any great improvement in handling but car now looks even sleeker. Dark Blue metallic paint is hard to keep clean. It isn’t a fire breathing 911 beater. The engine is a 1.9 DOHC 16V with 140hp. It is capable of performing very well, but has to be revved hard to do so. It’s pretty useless below 3000rpm due to having its max torque of 180Nm at 4300rpm. Once you get past 4300rpm, it starts to push you back into the seat, and will do so until about 213kmh. This 1.9 is practical and quite cheap to run. It goes like approx 10liters per 100km. (80% city 20% country) Handling very good because of M suspension, great fun, but a little twitchy in the wet which is what we want..Location: Bratislava

  10. 10 On July 7th, 2008, Erki said:

    Hi, I’m from Estonia (Europe). Got E36 318is 1992y, I know that real good power comes with bigger straith-6 engines, but gas prices are big, 1 liter petrol costs 1,2 euros. It should be more than 2 times expencive, than in US. My car drinks 7,0 liters per 100km (90% country). And still I enjoy RWD 🙂 FUN!

  11. 11 On August 6th, 2008, Glen said:

    I have a 1994 BMW 318IS COUPE, its 1.8lt and gutless but i love the shape and car. What is the best way for me to get power,
    I want it to be turbo so can I turbo it or is their a better turbo engine or engine that is better to turbo that I can drop
    into the engine bay?

  12. 12 On August 26th, 2008, DG888 said:

    hi tony.. do you have any diy for supercharging or turbocharging m42 engines??

  13. 13 On August 26th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @DG888: Unfotunately, I don’t have. I will try to look for one and if I find any, I will post it here.

  14. 14 On August 26th, 2008, DG888 said:

    i had followed this guys post on m42 club.. he was putting in a turbo unit in this e36.. he had made quite a bit of progress with it.. i was waiting for him to finish the project and make a final list of materials and steps used.. unfortunately he deleted all his posts.. :(..
    here is the link to his project:

  15. 15 On August 28th, 2008, Jerre said:

    hi everybody, i would like to boost my 320i ’91 does anyone have any suggestions for me, i’m allready about to put a LUK sportclutch, and an other air intake system, i want to get it under 7 seconds, 0-100km/h now it does 8.9 i want more horsepower to for more drifting fun, any suggestions??

  16. 16 On August 29th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @DG888: Did you try to contact him and see if he can send you the content? If you didn’t do that yet, I may contact him and see if he allows me to republish his content on the blog. Let me know…

  17. 17 On August 29th, 2008, DG888 said:

    @tony: i haven’t made contact with him… see if you can contact him and get his work and permission..

  18. 18 On March 31st, 2009, domino said:

    hy Tony…can you tell me how can i get more power from an e36 316i…without killing it…a tuning chiop…or spot air filter…something like this works???…at least 20 hp…thank you

  19. 19 On March 31st, 2009, Trev Bural said:

    What’s up, iI have a 318is and a T9 Turbo n intercooler waiting to go on it. Id like to talk to someone whos already done one to get a few pointers. If theres anyone out there thats willing to give me some advice i’d greatly appreciate it .

  20. 20 On May 10th, 2009, John said:

    You can turbo almost any bmw, or car for that matter. it all comes down to proper tuning in the end. Guys you hear about who blow up their engines either a) didn’t get it tuned, or b) turned up the boost too much

    I have a turbo 325 and a supercharged 325, and both run without any issues….the 328 engine has a forged crank, so I dont see why it is being said the block is bad for boosting 🙂

  21. 21 On January 12th, 2011, Mpho said:

    Hi Tony

    Do you think it’s a great idea to turbo a 320i m50 engine with vanos? I’m in South Afrca, Pretoria. Thanks!!!

  22. 22 On March 28th, 2013, joeyak907 said:

    i have a 93 325i vanos and the turbo for the car made it get from 0-60 in 6.3 in the vid? my stock 325i get 0-60 in 6.5, thats using the OBC timer myself lol, would it be worth it to like put a chip in it? i wanna beat my buddies z3 lol he gets 0-60 in 5.2 evrything stock!