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#1 (permalink) Old 11-07-2004, 12:45 AM
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Hey i was just wondering what kind of e36 is best to buy that is best to do an M3 engine sway without changing everything on the car.....

Example: Should i get a 328 since its the closests to a 3.2l engine or could i just go with a 318.

The M3 engine im getting is from a 99 M3 and from what ive heard, any car from 96- it would basically be "plug and play."

Let me know what car u guys think i should get do this swap with.
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just buy a m3

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i would but im getting the engine and getting it installed at a very good price a lot cheaper then what a M3 would cost.....
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doesn't matter what you get... a 318 will be harder to install as it will take some custom welding to be done along with new mounts. any 6 cylinder will work but you'll have to strip the motor down to just a 32 longblock and then use all of the parts from the current engine to make it work on models from 92-95. so basically, convert the engine to obd1 and then get a custom chip to make the timings work properly so the engine will be like a 94/95 m3. on obd2 cars it will basically go into place and not much would have to be changed. might need to get your car sharked with the info for an m3 but that should be it. I did a lot of research on this crap and this is what I gathered. personally, if I were you, I'd get a 95 325i and do the conversion... you'll add 20+ more horse to the engine doing this.

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OK thanks jrhaile, so i think i should convert the M3 engine to OBDI and get a 95 325??
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I would personally after doing some research... if you have an obd1 engine you can do the conversion why not? more horse and torque with older parts on a m52 engine or s52. and people like Bill Arnold's BMW say doing this conversino to s52 motor is WELL worth it.

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