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size of the engine?

Discussion in 'E36 (1992-1999)' started by twil, May 25, 2009.

    twil guest

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    I just pickup a 95 M3 with less that 100k on it. It has a ton of mods. One of which was an upgrade to the engine. i was told the engine was upgraded to a 3.2L. However, upon replacing the VANOS unit i was informed that the valve cover was that of a 3.0L. So my question(s) is - does this cover fit a 3.2? if so is there another way to find out the size of the engine? i would not be suspicious except there are several of the other upgrades that are not as described...........Any thoughts?
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    Yes, the cover should fit the 3.2. What exactly did they mean by "upgraded" to a 3.2? Did they swap in an S52 as opposed to the S50 it originally had, or did they bore it out to 3.2?

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    Thanks for the information, I was not sure if the cover would fit. That makes me feel a little better. I just want to make sure of what I actually have. Is there a number on the side of the block that would indicate the size?

    I was told it was a swap ("engine was upgraded to a 1996-1999 3.2L").
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    az3579

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    Ah! Well check for the VIN tag on the engine and look it up on RealOEM. That will tell you what it was originally, but I think you may already know what it is now. :)

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    Thanks again for the info. I should be getting it out of the shop from the vanos replacement tomorrow and will check it out and post what i find.

    twil guest

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    I got my car back from the shop, but have not been able to locate the vin on the block to run the number. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.

    twil guest

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    I checked the numbers on the engine. It has been swap to a 3.2. Thanks again for your insight.

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