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Changing Engines

Discussion in 'E36 (1992-1999)' started by splaya15, May 19, 2008.

    splaya15 guest

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    I drive a 95 325i and im looking to put a new motor in. If im going to put a new one in I want it to be worth it so im looking for a more powerful engine. Any suggestions would be nice!

    Arash2002tii guest

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    e30 M3 engine or even an e24 M6 motor?

    Autohaus guest

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    What is your budget?
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    az3579

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    E30 M3 motor in an E36? Not enough. There's extra weight to lug around. Besides, even without the weight, it wouldn't be much of an improvement, IMO.


    I'm thinkin S50/S52. Now we're talkin... :D




    As for the budget, if you're having someone do it for you, be prepared to spend thousands, literally (possibly) over $4k to have it done, plus the cost of the motor and any other components you might need. Honestly, I don't think an engine swap is a better alternative to just getting a better condition car. Is there anything actually wrong with your engine? If not, there are mods you can do to get more power out of it. Hell, a supercharger is cheaper than the cost of another engine and labor...

    Autohaus guest

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    As Mike Miller would say, "If you want a specific engine, you are better off buying the car with the engine you want in it installed by BMW". A conversion will at most far exceed the value of the car. BTW az3579, I bet you are getting great gas mileage by doing 150+ mph :)

    splaya15 guest

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    My budget is like around 5 gs but my dad is a mechanic so we could put it in. As for the condition it has a fair few miles on it and im having to replace the fan right now but other than that it runs good, nothing majorly wrong.
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    az3579

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    Seriously, I don't think it's worth the money on it. Remember, getting it in is half the battle. Then you have to worry about getting it to work. Save up a few more grand and get an M3. ;)



    :D

    Autohaus guest

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    If you hold a sentimental value to the car, then go ahead and do the conversion. You are better off with the S50/S52 conversion. You should get the S52 as it will have at least 315hp (M coupe/roadster version). Remember to get the computer and other stuff, etc... However, you could just sell the car and put the $5K towards an E36 M3 or get an E46 M3.........Whatever you do, let us know how the conversion is going if you decide on doing it.

    Arash2002tii guest

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    Oh sorry, somehow i read 85 instead of 95. :p

    mac townsend guest

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    consider that emissions laws and testing may have something to say about your modifications....<G>

    puma guest

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    I read an article in a past issue of Roundel that told the story of a guy that dropped an M3 engine into his E30 325is. He didn't change the model number on the trunk and adopted Roosevelts "Speak softly and carry a big stick".

    I'd say go for it if you have the time and money.


    I'm looking, in the future, to drop a S38B38 into my 93 525i Touring... when I have time and money.

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