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Old 01-23-2004, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off, let me appologize for my stupid question that has probably been asked by many in the past.
Has anyone ever tried to cram one of these into any 3 or 5 series? Reason i ask is that they seem to be sold for dirt now, and its... well... a v12. I know it'll have a negative imact on handleing and the suspension will need upgradeing and all that, but can it be done with a mix of stock parts, without serious welding(mounts)?
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anything is possible, however ive never seen a v12.
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I've don't know about anyone that has done it, but BMW themselves have played with things like that before.
They put a M73 (v12) in an X5, and it was fully functional. It was just a project for some guys with BMW, but I've never seen it.
I've heard of a M62 put into a Z3, or maybe it was a Z4. The Z4 has a lot of room in the engine bay....

Personally, I'd rather have a v8 over the v12. The m70 and m73 v12's are not that powerful for their size, and the technology is lacking as well. They are a major pain and expense if they need work done. Twin distributors, and plug wires......no thanks.
The new generation v12, however, is another animal.
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I know maintanance is gonna be a bitch, but i called a local wrecking yard and they are sellings the whole thing with the 4 spd auto(perhaps a 5 spd from another engine will fit), all the accessories, the harness, and the ecu for ~$1400. IIRC the v12 is 300 hp and ~350 ft lbs, which im sure would put the 3 series easly into the e46 m3 range in terms of acceleration.

Someone has to have attempted this before.
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I vaguely recall seeing some conversion done, but I think it was a just v8.
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theres been quite a few e30s they fit the 12s into.
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It seems like the search function on this forums is very very picky... can someone please give me any links, on anything haveing to do with the m70 or m60 swap into e36. Thanks in advance
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