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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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can a e46 m3 engine and trans fit a 85 325e

can a 2002 BMW E46 M3 3.2 Engine and Gearbox fit in a 1985 325e and if so how much work will it take?
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Anything can be made to fit anything, but the swap you're talking about would involve some expensive modification...drive by wire etc. is made to fit in a very different car.
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will it fit? yes ... look at the thread titled 'what the f&^k' -- if a v12 can fit, so can a six.

will it be a easy swap ... no sir.
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IMO, you'd be better off dropping in an S50 and turboing it..plus it'd be cheaper. would take a lot of time, $$, and a very good mechanic. LOTS OF electronics..
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same as what I said in the other one...
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