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post #1 of 7 Old 18th November 2001, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Chip or Software for Evo?

Hello everyone,

For the 3.0 M3, I favor Conforti (USA) software. But for the Evo, I am unsure. I do not see any "reputable" options, other than Schnitzer, etc.

Is Superchips available for Evo?

What about Nowack?

thanks one and all.

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Question What IS evo?

Being a new guy with the E36 M3, I am wondering what is meant by EVO. Anybody?

Also, I just bought a 1999 with automatic. Any tips for how to use it for maximum performance (ie, if somebody wants to race)?

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Evo's

The Evo was the latter E36 M3 prod model built with the 3.2 litre engine/6 spd box etc. Built from 96 on & underwent a few changes since, mainly in the small controls/frontal treatment etc.
I've heard some disapointing results on trying to extract more power from the EVO engine without spending huge sums of $$.
Superchips (UK) do a chip that works well in the 3.0, but does not yield the same result on the 3.2.

This strange auto model for the US market, what type of box is it? it was never available in any part of the world (I believe).
You could go through the box as if it were a manual i.e. start in 1st, and change manually up to 3rd, then into D, but if it actually gives/makes any difference, I'm unsure.

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Thanks Andy. It sounds like the EVO was marketed seperately and as an optional model then, in 1996 and forward? I don't know how to identify them so am not sure if there are any here in the States. Seems I've heard tell of them in threads mostly from the European community.

The automatic I have was supposedly the only transmission in the Daytona Violet Cabrio, but that was only one man's perspective. It has Sport mode, Manual and Economy (the default), and there is a button to disable the Stability Control as well. Lots of options! In Manual mode it starts out in 2nd and then will not shift until I move the stick. Not great for fast starts but I guess good for selecting RPM at speed, like a manual. Sport mode seems to allow shifts near the redline as opposed to Economy. Haven't had the chance to experiment much yet.

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Flick it to sport, and it will prevent changing to direct top, and allow the engine to get near the redline before changing up. try it, you'll be surprised. It allows the engine to respond as if it was a manual. Then when you've had enough turn the switch to the E postion and it will return to normal, and change gear as if you were driving on a more economy footing.
All Post 96 E36 M3's are classed as the Evo, as it was basically an evolution of the 3.0 M3. But they altered slightly, but yours would still be classed as an EVO model. There's not many outward signs to differentiate between the two, clear indicators all round is one, diff A/C Heating controls/wider kidney grilles are others.
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The tranny is a ZF (GM) 5 speed. I believe that it was the same one used in the E34 540 and the early (non-step) E39s. It's a solid tranny. As for operation... your best bet is to run in sport mode. In addition you may want to investigate new software from a reputable tuner. Just like the engine the tranny can be "tuned" as well. Check with Dianan... I believe that they have a chip for it.

The EVO was never imported into the US. Having said that there are some grey market cars out there.

Recommended reading to anyone is the "BMW 3 Series Enthusiast's Handbook." It's put out by Bently and is available @ Amazon. This has the complete history of the 3 series (from the 2002 and spends a fair amount of time talking about the E36. In addition there's a reference section at the back that gives great data on original specs, import numbers, etc... This books is focused on the US spec cars.

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hence the confusion over the EVO, I didn't realise this, thanks for the clarification AMP. Sorry to confuse you Bill if I did.
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