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M42 Engine Technical Information (E36 from 1/1994)

by John Avis | August 19, 2012

BMW has updated the M42 four cylinder engine to optimize noise levels (acoustics) and to comply with emission regulations. These changes are incorporated on all M42 E36 vehicles produced from 1/94.


M50 Engine Technical Information (E36)

by John Avis | August 19, 2012

BMW has developed a new six-cylinder, four valve engine which will be found in the 525i model. Known internally as the M50 engine, it uses the same technological concept as the four-cylinder, four valve engine (M42) found in the 318i and 318is models.


Review of BMW 318is (E36) 1992 - 1998

by John Avis | July 31, 2008

Almost exactly a year after the introduction of the E36 generation of BMW 3-series sedan came the first of the coupes, the 318is. Although the coupe looks very similar to the sedan, virtually every body panel is different. The cabin is set further back, the boot lid is shorter and the roofline is lower. At the front, the headlights and grille are the same. At the rear the coupe's rear lights are wider.

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I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.


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