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Old 10-11-2009, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey, i am looking at buying a 320i with a 3.2l m3 engine swap and i was wondering, what (apart from the engine, seats and a few styling features) is the difference between a regular e36 and an m3
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M3 always has a limited slip differential. While most regular 3 series have an open differential. This varies depending on where the car is from and the year.

otherwise the chasis of a 3series and an M3 are the same. Differences being what you stated plus suspension on the M3 will be sportier.
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but the transmission, clutch, engine mounts, tranny mounts and all that are the same?
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he will probably have swapped the tranny as well, since the stock e36 gearboxes won't be able to withstand the torque of the S52
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