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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by kadl7124, Mar 11, 2013.

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    kadl7124

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    Hi, I am David and obviously new to this club as I am also new to Bimmers. Here is my BMW story..

    Last year I bought my first boat, a 1983 Glas-Ply that had a different motor and out drive than typical, but one I remember seeing in my youth during the 80's boating at our family's beach cabin on Camano Island. This boat was powered by a BMW B220, basically a marinized 3.3L M30 attached to a BMW out drive proudly sporting the roundel. Needless to say I bought it from the original owner's son complete with service records.

    After learning about how durable BMW engines have been through history, I sought a BMW car for commuting, I also drive a Ford F150 gas guzzler and was already in the market for a small car. I found a 1999 323i complete with all required service records from date of purchase to right before I acquired it. I bought this car from the original owner as well. This fellow purchased it on the European delivery program.

    My impression is these are fantastic machines and I hope to learn more about them here and talk with some great people who share my appreciation.

    Cheers!
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    MGarrison

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    Welcome to the club & the forums! BMW marine engines are not something I recall hearing much about over the years, sounds unique!
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    kadl7124

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    BMW was in the marine Biz up until the end of the 80's. Evidently the auto market took a downturn for them and they decided to dump the marine side and focus on cars and motorcycles. It is too bad because they had a good solid product. They do still work with Yanmar and provide marine diesel motors to mate up with Yanmar stern drives.
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    CRKrieger

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    You're going to find that M30 is more durable - and easier to work on - than your M52TU ...
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    kadl7124

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    Yeah, it is all right there, open and basic like an old Ford. Durability, everything I read about these motors is just that. The engine is 30 years old, leaks nothing, starts up and runs with turbine like precision. Good stuff
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    charlson89

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    Welcome to the club!
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    Welcome to the asylum! I see you've already met some of our colorful inmates—uh, enthusiasts!
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    kadl7124

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    Thanks. IMG_1044.JPG
    Here is the sterndrive.
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    kadl7124

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    This is the BMW B220 (Marinized M30 3.3L
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    CRKrieger

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    OMG; it's carbureted? :eek:
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    kadl7124

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    Yes with a Pierburg (Solex) 4A1 4bl carb.
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    kadl7124

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    The photo of the sterndrive is from my boat. I am using a good photo of a B220 (m30) engine I found until I get a goid photo of mine.

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