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1993 E36 need some opinions

Old 02-11-2013, 12:20 PM
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I have a 1993 bmw 325i with a full dealer maintenance report, has been serviced at dealerships since it was purchased through 3 owners before me and its very well cared for. However, it does have 215,000 miles on it. It already has a short ram intake and catback exhaust but i was interested in adding a Turner Motorsport tuning chip to the ECU and was wondering if anyone had any pros/cons due to the high mileage. Bear in mind it has been extremely well taken care of...any thoughts?
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:36 PM
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mileage shouldn't be an issue, especially if you have maintenance records and/or can attest to the maintenance yourself.

if you're still concerned about it, run a compression test on each cylinder. if there are no other obvious deficiencies, bmw at least made the motors to last a while... if only they had done that for the rest of the car.

i would temper your expectations a bit for the chip... i wouldn't get too involved with modifying this car. if you're that interested in going fast, try to find an m3, else prepare yourself to basically convert your car to all-m3 parts. they've dipped into the "extremely affordable" class now and you could pick one up for 5 grand or less... being already familiar with e36's and the common flaws they have you'd be an ideal candidate.

anyway, that's just a suggestion. i'm sure your car can handle the chip.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:44 PM
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the chip is really the only upgrade i was planning for the improved throttle response, HP and torque gains for my enjoyment. I plan on driving the stock motor until it dies and then rebuilding it into a mock S50 when it does but until then it is well maintained and babied 9 days out of 10.
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The Turner motorsports chips are conservative enough that you don't have to worry about the engine going boom unless it was already on it's way out anyway.
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