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#1 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 07:35 PM
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Ive got a 316i 1.6 compact and i was woundering what bigger engines will i be able to fit in the car. can anyone help me?

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is it a 316 or a 318? what year is it?
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I'm not familiar with the 316 1.6...?
but in the 318 you can fit a:
2.5 liter
2.8 liter
3.0 liter (m3)
3.2 liter (m3)
above that is prolly more money than you would want to spend...
i'm pretty sure all those engines will fit in the 316...but a double check couldn't hurt
I would definately go for the 325-or-328 engine those are 2.5 and 2.8 liters... the 328 doesnt push much more power but it has a more broad torque band with more low end torque (get up and go) than the 325's 2.5 liter 180 horsepower engine...
But if you are short on money a 2.5 liter rebuilt engine would cost you around $5-8,000 depending on how much the mechanic charges, the quality of the engine and the effort it takes to get it in a 316... IE: you may need a new ECU, wiring, tranny, differential... etc
The 325 with chip would throw you a nice 200 horses (pre 95)
most places have a law restricting older engines going in a newer car...

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Have $5-8,000 to spend?
go for the 1994 325 2.5 liter engine and a Turner or Dinan computer chip

Have $10,000+ (and want to tune)
Go for the 3.0liter 1995 M3 engine

Have $10,000+ (and dont want to tune)
Go for the 3.2 liter 1999 BMW M3 engine, the earlier post 95 engines MAY be cheaper, duno bout that...

the m3 engine in the United States pushes 240 horses from 1995 to 1999
the m3 engine in Europe/Asia pushes 286 (1995-6) and the later pushes 321 (1997-99)

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All e36s use the same motor mounts. The 316 chassis can accomdate an m3 engine.

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That would be sweet to put a 3.2 in a 316. Talk about a nice sleeper!

However if you sell your car and save the 10gs you could probally put a really fat down on a real m3. Just my two cents.

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you boys are all crazy!!!! telling thgis guy to drop 7-10G on a car, not even considering the fact that the front suspension will have to be redone to make up for the additional weight, and a million other problems that will likely crop up. Sell the 316 if it isn't what you want a buy a nother car. you will never ever get anything close to your money back on this conversion and it may be the biggest money pit you have ever owned. P.S. we dont even know what year this car is or what condition it is in.. It may only be worth 4K ... how many of you guys wouold put 8 grand into a car worth 4K?
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some peoplemay just be into engine swapping and such...who knows, its up to him...However, NYC is very right; you will want to definitely change up the suspension in order to accomodate the heavier engine, otherwise the whole magnificent balance that is BMW will be all sorts of screwed up...

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