BMW Heaven - The Knowledge Base 2.0

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

3 Series - E36 (1990 - 1999)

User Rating: / 106
PoorBest 
Article Index
3 Series - E36 (1990 - 1999)
Compact and Touring
Specifications
All Pages

The 3 series version 3.0

Introduced in 1990 BMW completely redesigned the old 3 series (the e30) and came with the new and refreshing e36.
The e36 had a long development period of 9 years (started july 1981) and when first entering the market they released 4 different models,
the 316i, 318i (both with M40 4cylinder engines), 320i and 325i (both with M50 6cylinder engines). All as 4 door sedan versions.
The 6 cylinder versions all had a new 24-valve 6-cylinder engine (M50/M51/M52), at that time available in the e34 5 series.
In 1991 the 325td was introduced, and had a 6 cylinder engine with 115HP,
later, in 1993, an intercooler was added to the engine and the 325tds was born.
318is_01

The coupés were added from 1992, these sporty new 3 series blew away the competition with their smooth design and powerfull engines.
The 318is, 320i and 325i coupé were available first. The 318is with it's M42 engine was a real high-rev sporty car and has 140HP,
and had a nice sports-package available, preparing the audience for the M3. Later the 316i (1992), 323i (1995) and 328i (1994) were added.

The M40 engines (<1993) had one real problem. The cooling system gasket ("timing case profile gasket") fails between 65.000km and 130.000km
and can cause serious overheating and damage to your engine if not noticed.
From 1993 these older 4 cylinder engines (M40) were replaced by the newly developed M43 engine.
The cooling system gasket should last longer (200.000+ km).
Later in 1993 the first e36 convertible was introduced, the 325i, and from 1994 the 318i, 320i and 328i were added to the convertible series!
320_ci_cabrio_02

 



The newest small car from BMW came in 1994, when the 3 series compact was introduced.
This car has never been a big succes, but did have some pretty impressive power under the bonnet.
The 316i and 318ti were introduced first, and afterwards the 318tds (1995), the top-model 323ti (1997) and a new version of the 316i (1999) were added.
The 323ti had a 6 cylinder (M52) engine, which gave your right foot access to a stunning 170HP and a topspeed of 230km/h, not bad for a small car...
The 316i compact introduced in 1990 got the new M44 engine and has 3HP more then the old 316i. The 318tds received a small facelift from BMW.
3-serie_compact_10

From 1995 the new 3 series touring was available. It has the same distinct small taillights, which you can also find on the 3 compact.
In my opinion this is why the compact and touring were never really popular cars, they weren't agressive enough.
At the introduction they were available as a 318i, 320i, 328i, 318tds and 325tds. The 328i has an M50 engine with 193HP, and has a topspeed of 230km/h.
As of 1996 the 323i was added to the model-line, and in 1997 the 316i was added as well. The 323i has the new M52 engine, which is also available in the 523i (e39).

The e36 sedan went out of production when the new 3 series e46 was introduced in 1998. The touring and coupé were built until 1999.
In 2000 the last e36 convertible rolled out of the factory and one year later the production of the compact stopped as well.
All to be replaced by the e46.
328i_sedan_01


Specifications for BMW 3 series e36 cabrio

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 318i
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1994
-
2000
Topspd: 194km/h
0-100km/h: 12.5s
80-120km/h*: 12.1s
Code: M43 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
86kW / 117HP at 5500rpm
168Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1993
-
1994
Topspd: 211km/h
0-100km/h: 10.6s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.8 l/100km
Avg: 9.1 l/100km
Code: M50TU B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1994
-
2000
Topspd: 211km/h
0-100km/h: 10.6s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
Code: M52 B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
112kW / 152HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 325i A
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1993
-
1995
Topspd: 229km/h
0-100km/h: 8.6s
80-120km/h*: 9s
Code: M50 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 5900rpm
245Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 328i
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1995
-
2000
Topspd: 230km/h
0-100km/h: 7.7s
80-120km/h*: 8.4s
Code: M52 B28
2793cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
142kW / 193HP at 5300rpm
280Nm at 3950rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1994
-
1996
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.2s
80-120km/h*: 6.9s
Code: S50 B30 Euro
2990cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
210kW / 286HP at 7000rpm
320Nm at 3600rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Cabrio
1996
-
1999
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.6s
80-120km/h*: 6.1s
Code: S50 B32 Euro
3201cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
236kW / 321HP at 7400rpm
350Nm at 3250rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
BMW Heaven - Specification Database



Specifications for BMW 3 series e36 compact

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1994
-
1999
Topspd: 188km/h
0-100km/h: 12.3s
80-120km/h*: 12.2s
Code: M43 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
75kW / 102HP at 5500rpm
150Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1999
-
2000
Topspd: 190km/h
0-100km/h: 11.9s
80-120km/h*: 11.4s
Code: M43TU B19
1895cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
77kW / 105HP at 5300rpm
165Nm at 2500rpm
BMW 318tds
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1995
-
2000
Topspd: 175km/h
0-100km/h: 13.9s
80-120km/h*: 13.1s
Code: M41 D17
1665cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
66kW / 90HP at 4400rpm
190Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 318ti
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1994
-
1996
Topspd: 209km/h
0-100km/h: 9.9s
80-120km/h*: 10.4s
Code: M42 B18
1796cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
175Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318ti
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1996
-
2000
Topspd: 209km/h
0-100km/h: 9.9s
80-120km/h*: 10.4s
Code: M44 B19
1895cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
180Nm at 4300rpm
BMW 323ti
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1997
-
2001
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 7.8s
80-120km/h*: 8.2s
City: 13.3 l/100km
Hway: 7 l/100km
Avg: 9.3 l/100km
Code: M52 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 5500rpm
245Nm at 3950rpm
BMW 323ti
3 Series (E36)
Compact
1999
-
2001
Topspd: 230km/h
0-100km/h: 7.9s
80-120km/h*: 8.2s
City: 13.2 l/100km
Hway: 6.9 l/100km
Avg: 9.2 l/100km
Code: M52TU B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 5500rpm
245Nm at 3500rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
BMW Heaven - Specification Database



Specifications for BMW 3 series e36 coupe

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1993
-
1999
Topspd: 195km/h
0-100km/h: 12.7s
80-120km/h*: 12.2s
City: 10.8 l/100km
Hway: 6 l/100km
Avg: 7.8 l/100km
Code: M43 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
75kW / 102HP at 5500rpm
150Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 318is
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992
-
1998
Topspd: 213km/h
0-100km/h: 10.2s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
City: 11.4 l/100km
Hway: 7 l/100km
Avg: 8 l/100km
Code: M42 B18
1796cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
175Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318is
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1996
-
1999
Topspd: 220km/h
0-100km/h: 9.8s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
City: 9.8 l/100km
Hway: 6.2 l/100km
Avg: 8.2 l/100km
Code: M44 B19
1895cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
180Nm at 4300rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1994
-
1999
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 9.9s
80-120km/h*: 9.7s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.7 l/100km
Avg: 9 l/100km
Code: M50TU B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 10s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
Code: M50 B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4700rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992
-
1994
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 10s
80-120km/h*: 10.2s
Code: M50TU B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 323i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 227km/h
0-100km/h: 8s
80-120km/h*: 9.1s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.7 l/100km
Avg: 9 l/100km
Code: M52 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 5500rpm
245Nm at 3950rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992Topspd: 233km/h
0-100km/h: 8s
80-120km/h*: 9s
Code: M50 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 5900rpm
245Nm at 4700rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992
-
1995
Topspd: 233km/h
0-100km/h: 8s
80-120km/h*: 8.4s
Code: M50 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 5900rpm
245Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 328i
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 236km/h
0-100km/h: 7.3s
80-120km/h*: 7.6s
City: 13.5 l/100km
Hway: 6.7 l/100km
Avg: 9.2 l/100km
Code: M52 B28
2793cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
142kW / 193HP at 5300rpm
280Nm at 3950rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1995
-
1998
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.5s
80-120km/h*: 5.7s
City: 16.9 l/100km
Hway: 7.5 l/100km
Avg: 11 l/100km
Code: S50 B32 Euro
3201cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
236kW / 321HP at 7400rpm
350Nm at 3250rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1992
-
1995
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6s
80-120km/h*: 6.4s
Code: S50 B30 Euro
2990cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
210kW / 286HP at 7000rpm
320Nm at 3600rpm
BMW M3 GT
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1995Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.9s
80-120km/h*: 6.4s
Code: S50 B30
2990cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
217kW / 295HP at 7000rpm
323Nm at 3900rpm
BMW M3 US
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1994
-
1996
Topspd: 220km/h
0-100km/h: 6s
Code: S50 B30 US
2990cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
177kW / 241HP at 6000rpm
305Nm at 4250rpm
BMW M3 US LCI
3 Series (E36)
Coupe
1996
-
1999
Code: S52
3152cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
176kW / 239HP at 6000rpm
320Nm at 3800rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
BMW Heaven - Specification Database



Specifications for BMW 3 series e36 sedan

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1993
-
1998
Topspd: 198km/h
0-100km/h: 12.7s
80-120km/h*: 12.2s
City: 10.1 l/100km
Hway: 7 l/100km
Avg: 8.5 l/100km
Code: M43 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
75kW / 102HP at 5500rpm
150Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1990
-
1993
Topspd: 191km/h
0-100km/h: 13.1s
80-120km/h*: 13.1s
Code: M40 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
73kW / 99HP at 5500rpm
141Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 318i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1993
-
1998
Topspd: 201km/h
0-100km/h: 11.3s
80-120km/h*: 10.5s
Code: M43 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
86kW / 117HP at 5500rpm
168Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 318i M
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1990
-
1993
Topspd: 205km/h
0-100km/h: 11.5s
80-120km/h*: 11s
Code: M40 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
83kW / 113HP at 5500rpm
162Nm at 4250rpm
BMW 318is
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1993
-
1996
Topspd: 213km/h
0-100km/h: 10.2s
Code: M42 B18
1796cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
175Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 318is
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1996
-
1998
Topspd: 213km/h
0-100km/h: 10.2s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
City: 11.4 l/100km
Hway: 6.1 l/100km
Avg: 8 l/100km
Code: M44 B19
1895cc - 4cyl / 16v
petrol
103kW / 140HP at 6000rpm
180Nm at 4300rpm
BMW 318tds
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1994
-
1998
Topspd: 182km/h
0-100km/h: 14.2s
80-120km/h*: 12.6s
City: 8.8 l/100km
Hway: 5.2 l/100km
Avg: 6.5 l/100km
Code: M41 D17
1665cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
66kW / 90HP at 4400rpm
190Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1991
-
1992
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 10s
80-120km/h*: 10.7s
Code: M50 B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4700rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1992
-
1994
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 10s
80-120km/h*: 10.2s
Code: M50TU B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1994
-
1998
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 9.9s
80-120km/h*: 9.7s
Code: M50TU B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
110kW / 150HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 323i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1996
-
1998
Topspd: 227km/h
0-100km/h: 8s
80-120km/h*: 9.1s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.7 l/100km
Avg: 9 l/100km
Code: M52 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 5500rpm
245Nm at 3950rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1993
-
1995
Topspd: 233km/h
0-100km/h: 7.5s
80-120km/h*: 8.4s
Code: M50 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 5900rpm
245Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 325i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1991
-
1992
Topspd: 233km/h
0-100km/h: 8s
80-120km/h*: 9s
Code: M50 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
141kW / 192HP at 5900rpm
245Nm at 4700rpm
BMW 325td
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1991
-
1998
Topspd: 198km/h
0-100km/h: 12s
80-120km/h*: 11s
Code: M51 D25
2498cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
86kW / 117HP at 4800rpm
222Nm at 1900rpm
BMW 325tds
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1993
-
1998
Topspd: 214km/h
0-100km/h: 10.4s
80-120km/h*: 9.4s
Code: M51S
2498cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
107kW / 145HP at 4800rpm
260Nm at 2200rpm
BMW 328i
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1994
-
1998
Topspd: 236km/h
0-100km/h: 7.3s
80-120km/h*: 7.6s
Code: M52 B28
2793cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
142kW / 193HP at 5300rpm
280Nm at 3950rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1994
-
1995
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6s
80-120km/h*: 6.4s
Code: S50 B30 Euro
2990cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
210kW / 286HP at 7000rpm
320Nm at 3600rpm
BMW M3
3 Series (E36)
Sedan
1995
-
1998
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.5s
80-120km/h*: 5.7s
Code: S50 B32 Euro
3201cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
236kW / 321HP at 7400rpm
350Nm at 3250rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
BMW Heaven - Specification Database



Specifications for BMW 3 series e36 touring

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 316i
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1997
-
1999
Topspd: 191km/h
0-100km/h: 13.2s
80-120km/h*: 13s
City: 11.2 l/100km
Hway: 6.2 l/100km
Avg: 8.1 l/100km
Code: M43 B16 Kat
1596cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
75kW / 102HP at 5500rpm
150Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 318i LCI
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 197km/h
0-100km/h: 11.2s
80-120km/h*: 10.8s
City: 11.2 l/100km
Hway: 6.3 l/100km
Avg: 8.1 l/100km
Code: M43 B18 Kat
1796cc - 4cyl / 8v
petrol
86kW / 117HP at 5500rpm
168Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 318tds
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 179km/h
0-100km/h: 14.5s
80-120km/h*: 13.3s
City: 8.8 l/100km
Hway: 5.2 l/100km
Avg: 6.5 l/100km
Code: M41 D17
1665cc - 4cyl / 16v
diesel
66kW / 90HP at 4400rpm
190Nm at 2000rpm
BMW 320i
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 212km/h
0-100km/h: 10.2s
80-120km/h*: 10.1s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.8 l/100km
Avg: 9.1 l/100km
Code: M52 B20
1991cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
112kW / 152HP at 5900rpm
190Nm at 4200rpm
BMW 323i
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1996
-
1999
Topspd: 223km/h
0-100km/h: 8.3s
80-120km/h*: 9.5s
City: 12.9 l/100km
Hway: 6.8 l/100km
Avg: 9.1 l/100km
Code: M52 B25
2494cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
125kW / 170HP at 5500rpm
245Nm at 3950rpm
BMW 325tds
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 206km/h
0-100km/h: 10.5s
80-120km/h*: 9.8s
City: 10.2 l/100km
Hway: 5.6 l/100km
Avg: 7.3 l/100km
Code: M51S
2498cc - 6cyl / 12v
diesel
107kW / 145HP at 4800rpm
260Nm at 2200rpm
BMW 328i
3 Series (E36)
Touring
1995
-
1999
Topspd: 230km/h
0-100km/h: 7.4s
80-120km/h*: 7.9s
City: 13.5 l/100km
Hway: 6.8 l/100km
Avg: 9.3 l/100km
Code: M52 B28
2793cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
142kW / 193HP at 5300rpm
280Nm at 3950rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
BMW Heaven - Specification Database


Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:41  

Latest specifications

2008 Alpina D3 Biturbo LCI Sedan (E90)

2008 Alpina D3 Biturbo  LCI Sedan (E90)
View full specifications

2010 BMW 135i (E82)

2010 BMW 135i    (E82)
View full specifications

2011 BMW 640d A Coupe (F13)

2011 BMW 640d A  Coupe (F13)
View full specifications

2010 BMW 1 Series M Coupe (E88)

2010 BMW 1 Series M   Coupe (E88)
View full specifications

1994 BMW 740i A Sedan (E38)

1994 BMW 740i A  Sedan (E38)
View full specifications


Latest pictures