Ca18 S13 vs M52b28 E36

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  1. jack560r

    jack560r New Member

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    Hi! I'm looking for a daily drifter that can replace my NA mx-5.
    I think that i have found two main candidates
    A 2.8 swapped 320i e36 coupè and a Ca18det 200sx
    The e36 is cheaper and i'm a bit scared about Ca18's problems like bearings but imho the S13 is a bit more capable and better looking car.
    All my friends drives e36 and i never heard serious problems with those engines
    What do you think? Should i consider the s13 or it can be much more expansive? Thanks!
    (Here in Italy i can't find any sky or sr20 silvias at decent pricing)
     
  2. Sam Benson

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    The m52b28 is the more capable and reliable engine, however the s13 is the more capable chassis. The b28 can make about 400bhp reliably while the ca18 about 300bhp. I would choose the s13 and swap the sr20 but depends on your budget. If both are kept as they are then I would go for the e36 for the power.
     
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    I wouldn’t say the 2.8 is more capable by a long shot in terms of £££/power, it depends what you want, if it’s a daily and you won’t be chasing power go with the bmw and look after it but if you want something as in a project that you will be putting money into later go s13. Also have the cool factor of the s13 not many about now compared to tons of bmw’s
     

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