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Old 03-04-2005, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is possible to pick up a decent 1984 BMW 318 for less than a $1000, say $700 in decent condition. Would it make sense to put turbo, like let's say T3 Super 60 and run 7 psi of boost. Let's say 160rwp and 170 wtq, maybe little less.

I understand it requires some work to turbo E30 318 M10.
-According to some people 318 M10 is weaker than the one used in 2002 and E21 320.
- Fuel system must be upgraded to handle more power
- Stock small casing differential will be pulvarized by turbo torque

Overall I think it might be cheaper than S14 swap.

I figure turbo ~ $800 + manifold/piping ~$1200 + other parts ~$500 = $2500

Plus suspension ~$800.

Considering I pick up the car for $700, plus turbo $2500 + suspension $800 =$4000. A small car with a light nose that will give E30 M3 a run for its money for under $5000.

I guess I forgot rear brake conversion, drums ==>> disks, and getting a new M10 engine/head in case I blow the first one.

Does that sound reasonable, or not? Is it a botomless pit, disgused as "small $$$$ pocket Rocket"????
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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suspension for 800 is like coilovers for shocks and struts i've seen them for 300-500.

it might be a little hard to find a decent 318 for 700 unless theres rust and or mechencal problems

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Where would you find a turbo and the manifold for BMWs around those years? Would you have to have them custom made by some company? I've only seen one site that made turbo parts for the earlier models.
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maybe you could better buy a 325i, without turbo you have 170 Bhp, and it will satisfy!
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