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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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#1 (permalink) Old 01-04-2006, 09:59 AM
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hay people some of you might reconize me from other forums but meh. i drive a 82 e21 323i i have decided i will do a 3.5L m30 swap and i have the bbs front(as you can see but thats at the shop getting prepped and sprayed) before i do all that i need to finish doing my ground up restro on my 78' e23 728(turbo m30 3.5L awaits)

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Great little ride! My understanding is that the 323i had the 2.7 six with an actual distrubuter instead of the Motronic computer?? If you want an increase in performance, would'nt at pepped-up 2.5 be a good choice? I have concerns about the heavier 3.5 compromising the little guys cornering geometry.
Just a thought....Good luck, what ever you do keep us posted!

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There are 3 common positions for the M30 in the E30, I'm sure it's about the same for the E21. If it's in the farthest back position, I don't think that it affects the weight distribution/balance very much. Obviously it will be heavier, but the position may mitigate some of the weight issue.
Like I said, this has been pretty well documented for E30's, I'm sure that E21's can't be very far off.

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