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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 04-22-2004, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an '86 325es, 5-speed i want to put a m3 motor in it. i was wondering if anyone has any advice about the engine swap if you think i should do it, or anything that you would have to say on topic of the 325es.
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Old 04-22-2004, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe the biggest M3 engine u can put in is from an e36. But you will have to install it at a very steep incling due to the 2 extra cylinders.
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I believe the biggest M3 engine u can put in is from an e36. But you will have to install it at a very steep incling due to the 2 extra cylinders.
What two extra cylinders? He already has a 6cyl in his car. Also if you go with the E36 M3 engine you need to make sure it has an OBD 1 engine management system.
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if you get a 95 M3 engine, i think you can just use the ECU from it... i am pretty sure it was before OBD-I or II was introduced.
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if the wriring system has to be changed to OBD-1 or OBD-2 in my car for the m3 motor does it come with the swap as does the tranny. if not what would be the better to go with
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why not just buy a e36 m3, i dont think you know what your getting yourself into
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you could put a s62 in it. and yes its been done
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an S62! that's a monster there is no way that i could get a V8 like that in my "86 325es. it would be bad ass but i think that i am going to go with the e36 motor swap it would be fun as hell to do or say the hell with it and buy a new car.
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I believe the biggest M3 engine u can put in is from an e36. But you will have to install it at a very steep incling due to the 2 extra cylinders.
wow ur right. what was i thinking. i cant believe i thoguth he had 4 cycl

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god this topic has been killed and has been done and over with. Read previous threads like on page 2 or 3 i bet u'll find at least 2
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back a while, and Ive braught this up before, but for the n00bs, lol, there was someone on this forum that put the 750iL 12 cyl engine in an E30.
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