27th Feb 2007, 08:33
Yes, most of the time the remap is undetectable, but bend it, land yourself in hospital and you'll be unable to go back to your wreck of a car and remove the tuning box. Also, all it takes is for the insurance assesor to check the ECU with the equipment they DO carry and they'll see it's been mapped thus voiding your insurance. You have to tell them about every modification in order to keep your insurance. Not telling them is stupid as they'll just refuse to cover you in the event of a claim.
Also means the parents of the child you hit will be asking for compensation that will come out of YOUR pocket as the insurers will not cough up.
24th Jun 2007, 17:00
Yeah man, I am sure the vRS is good, but for car enthusiasts it is incomparable to an e30, not only the e36.
Diesel engines have more torque than petrol ones. Also, you should keep in mind the e36 has an engine that still works after about 15yrs. There must be deterioration in its function.
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the car.
20th Oct 2007, 16:47
Had an E30 too (iI'm the person who wrote the review)...a 316i, my dad had a 318i and my mate had a 316 and a 318i and to be honest the Fabia would eat all of them alive. You need at least a 318iS or 320i in the E30 to have any real fun. Then again, with old trailing arm suspension (not the Z axle introduced with the E36) they were so twitchy in the wet it was frightening, even with not much power. Don't get me wrong, I loved my BMW's, but I found I was constantly digging into my wallet for the things. And as for engine longeivity, yeah they're OK, but no better than any other decent engine that's well taken care of. They suffer something chronic from water pump failures, blown head gaskets, noisy tappets, knackered cams, flooded ECU's, etc etc. Then there's the diffs that rip themselves from the boot floor, the guibo's that go, the rust... the indy I used was so busy fixing the things and he got his fair share of ££ out of me too, on all 3 of my BMW's.
Got sick of it in the end hence the change of scene.