BMW 3 Series history. The third generation E36

3-Series | January 5th, 2015 by 7
1998 BMW 328i 750x500

The E36 3 Series models were sold from 1991 through 1999 and their design have been many times labeled as the “Dolphin Shape”. It was …

The E36 3 Series models were sold from 1991 through 1999 and their design have been many times labeled as the “Dolphin Shape”. It was the successor to the E30 3 Series and was eventually replaced by the E46 3 Series in 1998. Initially, the E36 bimmers were only available as a 4-door sedan, but shortly after other variants were offered as well.

The third generation of the BMW 3 Series was a very popular one. It had a new design and improved aerodynamics. The E36 sedans, coupes, and estates employed the “Z-axle” multilink suspension in the rear which had been proven in the Z1.

1998 BMW 328i 750x322

The E36 3 Series sedan was larger and heavier than its previous generation model (due to more active safety features fitted into it) and benefited from a perfect 50:50 weight distribution achieved by relocating the engine further in the back. It was also featuring a more roundish exterior design, restyled headlamps and revised suspension.

The four door E36 models were replaced after 1998 in the U.S.

Here is a video featuring the E36.

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