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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 10-27-2003, 07:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all ... trying to maybe see if i can put a bigger engine in my 85 318i .... if anyone knows the biggest i can put in without having to like make any mods to the body please let me know ... i dont wanna just rebuild the engine that is there ... thanx for ur help

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I heard you can put an M3 engine in with relative ease. but I could be wrong.
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You can add an engine from the e36 series (1992-1995ish). There are no body changes required, but you have to make sure that you get everything with the new engine (ie, wiring harness, intake/exhaust mainfolds, injectors, etc.). You also need to make sure that the engine uses the OBDI system as opposed to the OBDII system.
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I heard you can put an M3 engine in with relative ease. but I could be wrong.
if by "relative ease" you mean w/o the burden of FUNDING the project, then yes... it would be pretty easy... but if you're gonna pay for it... well then, that's a whole different ball game... the s-14 is a damn expensive engine to buy, modify and repair

your money would be much more usefull if spent on an m50 or even 325i engine

but... ifyou want to, you can make the m10 a pretty damn good engine. too bad i'm not too knowledgable about the m10, but i know of a few guys who know you can take that engine alot further than you think

turbo (a mild rebuild with good bolts and 8psi would be pretty damn fun)... switch from injection to bigass Webber carbs. (it'd be illegal, but hey :P ).. different cam (i believe you can switch the valve springs to the 325i double valve springs)... that kinda stuff... there's a good amount you can do. talk to some 2002 & e21 guys



BUT... since you asked how BIG of an engine you can fit in there.... m50 is a good swap, but i've seen the 8 series V-12 shoe-horned into an e30 before
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Sorry guys, new to the bimmers (have been into imports), but where can I find info on the different engine codes from throughout the years (I would search, but I keep getting that error). thanks.
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http://www.bmwinfo.com/index.html
This site has alot of good info available. However I dont think that the HP specs are for North America. They seem like euro specs.
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