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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 08-20-2010, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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which would you choose? help!

ok heres the issue. I currently own a 1984 318i, automatic, and an extra M10. I also own a 1989 325i manual with rotted shell and m20 with low compression..

Choice A
keep m10 with 220,000km in 318i, buy 5 speed swap for $450 and turbo. I already have turbo manifold, 2 ihi turbos and intercooler, parts i have just collected over time.

Choice B
Keep 318i, swap in the 5 speed from the 1989 325i and buy an m20 with approx. 200,000km for sale for $200, which doesn't have wiring harness, but i would be able to use the one from the m20 i already have.

Which engine is more reliable? What would you do and why? I also have H&R sport springs and bilstein sport shocks installed on the 318i which have about 500km on them, so if i swap in the m20 they would need to be what i use because i cant afford to buy new suspension again. This is a huge choice for me, and whatever i decide to do i want to get on with it soon.
I am posting a poll with the options above, keep m10, turbo and get 5 speed or swap in m20 and use parts from 325i I already have.
cheers guys, please help me out.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That really is a tough choice. But I would imagine a NA M20 may have better long term prospects than a turbo M10
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you can get a cheaper m20 with 5spd and harness for cheaper than that, and with less mileage. dannyb has a friend with 3 m20s and matching 5spd, might be able to get one off of him
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