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Old 08-06-2004, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, as you all know I have a 328is. Well, my next mod to go for is cams, but cams+install are going to run me about 2.3 grand. So I thought about it, and if for twice that I can swap an m3 motor (euro spec would be nice), that'd be a much better investment. Plus I'd already have the exhast and intake for it, putting me right below 250bhp.

Anyone know anyone whose done an m3 motor swap? Anyone know a good place to FIND an m3 motor for sale? The only ones on Ebay were going for 6k+. Any help would be appreciated =)
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Old 08-06-2004, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You could check the junkyard, or one of those "import motor" specialists to see if they have one. You're in Cali, right?

http://www.bavengine.com/index.html

Quick google shows this place in Rancho Cordova, CA. I'm sure there are more like it, but keep us updated on what you find!
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Awesome site, thanks! Looks like I can get a performance (20% more hp/torque than a stock m3 motor, so we are looking at about 288hp) 95-95m3 motor for a little under 7 grand with the upgraded clutch (while I'll need). Install quotes? Grand and a half?
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Hey one of those dudes in our forums sells euro spec m3 engines for like 6k+ shiping.
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umm install can be pretty hefty, grand ahalf maybe but it could be more too!

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Go for the Euro spec (1996 - 1998) if you have the cash and want some real fun.
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You going for a manual tranny to go with this? If I'm not mistaken, I thought you had an auto...You are on the road to a lot of fun here...
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Careful with buying a Euro-spec engine, its gonna be hard and expensive to find parts over here in the US.
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Careful with buying a Euro-spec engine, its gonna be hard and expensive to find parts over here in the US.
which just means you need to have a back up us spec m3 for when your euro one has a boo boo

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www.bekkers.com has engines
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Originally posted by Deloriant@Aug 6 2004, 11:47 AM
Awesome site, thanks! Looks like I can get a performance (20% more hp/torque than a stock m3 motor, so we are looking at about 288hp) 95-95m3 motor for a little under 7 grand with the upgraded clutch (while I'll need). Install quotes? Grand and a half?
there are more parts than just the $7,000 engine from bavengine.com
and im pretty sure you have to give them your engine....? that may be for them to rebuild it but i was reading something about that...

you might want to do this:
performance 328i engine: 240hp...
obd1 260hp
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wait forget the obd1, your in californ I A
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performance 328i engine: 240hp...

What is that, cams, flywheel, header and such?
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