Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar SuperDork
8/28/20 9:17 a.m.

Between the groundbreaking 2002 and the do-it-all E30-chassis 3 Series lies BMW’s 320i. This shark-nosed compact debuted for the 1976 model year to rave reviews. Contemporary magazines lauded its handling, its transmission, and even its fuel-injected engine.

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spandak
spandak HalfDork
8/28/20 1:08 p.m.

I've always thought these were interesting. Good ones are indeed hard to find though

I haven't finished dialing mine in after getting it running a year or so ago, but they're fun as all get out once you sort them a little.

Tips to wake them up:

Hotter coil, good wires, plugs

Electric fan

If you get an 80-83, get the 77-79 air sensor plate, and readjust your mixture

Lighten it - its got HEAVY sound deadening.

If you don't want functional bumper shocks, make brackets and tuck the front bumper.  You can do the rear too, home made brackets save a little weight there. 

Springs and struts (I think only Bilstein is making them) wake up the handling, urethane components make it better still. 

Bimmerforums E21 section is pretty much THE place to get tips and info. 

Buy a running car if you plan to keep K-jet (ask me how I know), but they're fun as hell with a carb, too.

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