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#1 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 02:16 AM
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Engine Type?

How can i tell what engine is in my car m40, M45 etc Is it stamped on the block or is there somewhere i can look it up.

I have a '98' 318is Im just curious to know in case i have to order parts or something!

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This should help:

E30 = 3 Series from 19?? - 1991
E36 = 3 Series from 1992 - 1998 (sedan) / 1999 (coupe)
E46 = 3er
E90 = current 3er

E28 = 5er from the 80's
E34 = 5er until 1995
E39 = 5er from 1997 (US)

...and so on.

M42 is the 1.8L used in the E36 318
M50 is the 2.5L used in the E36 325
S50 is the 3.0L used in the E36 M3

These were replaced with tweaked motors in 1996.
M44 = 1.9L (318, Z3)
M52 = 2.8L (328, 528)

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Thanks Marti5 that will do me fine.

Nice 7 series by the way. I'd love one of them they are great looking cars pure luxury.
They look boss with big daddy rims on em too!

Man i just checked your profile to see if you had any pics of your motor. M7 ??

How does it handle? Do you have any pics?

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BM dont make an M7, but its on my V5 courtesy of the DVLA, so you have to make it yourself!!! with suspension, re-map, steering wheel, gear knob, dash cluster, wheels you name it, OH! body kit which I havent found the one I want yet!, Handling is great, not that good round roundabouts but shes 2 tonne of car and luxury, but in a straight line...........in manual auto ( tiptronic ) Goodbye to 98% of cars , went to germany for autobox service and found an autobahn, not many left due to euro crap!!! but 152mph was like flying, had a bit of a shake at 125 but after that MAGIC, you must remember after all mines one of the babies there's the 740i ( the beast ) and then you have the ultimate ( my next one!) the 750i V12 now they are awesome, I have a mate with one at 90mph only 2000 revs. ( unoffical top speed 220mph, but we are all limited to 155)

As for pics, Im waiting for her to have the body kit.

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I always wondered why BMW did not make an M7 and all these years i have never heard of anyone cooking one up.

Was there many parts from an M5 that you would have nicked, suspension bits and so forth as i presume BM wouldnt have any parts availabe for beefing up a 7 series?


Talking of M5's my pal has got an M5 and hes had it from new 3 years ago, when he first got it he took it to the Nurberg Ring and thraped it.
He reckoned there were tow trucks around the track that would pull you to a public road for 4k as you couldnt claim from the insurance due to it being raced on a track.

If asked me he needed his head looking at! ha He is still loosing 12k a year in depreciation tho!

I think autobahn in the 750 would be like sitting in the millenium falcon with princess laya massaging your nuts as you hit fucking warp speed bro!
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BM have always thought of their flagship ( 7 ) as the ultimate machine so would on no account make it sporty, as for nicked bits form the M5, No they dont fit so you have to go aftermarket or get them custom built/made, which can cost a few quid!!!, as for the ring you have to sign a disclaimer that you are not insured, so if you wish to take the risk fine.( I did take my old Lexus GS 300 round good fun, but wish I had the 7 )

Yea, 750I, STAR WARS, Mmmmmmmmmmmm, But then you forget the 760i Now I have you thinking???

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I might be wrong but i think the reason why BM had never made one is that they are nearly 2 tonne of quality vehicle and i know it would be hard to make it as sporty to warrant the M badge?? The thing is if you want that sort of motor theres the B7 or buy one and ship it off to AC to get it pimped.

Id love to get my mitts on one of them i dont think id last too long tho!

How long has it taken you to complete the 7 ??

Have you got other motors also ??
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Shes not complete yet!!, no other motors at the moment, my list of cars since 17 years old:

Escort MK1 Mexico ( Hi look at me!!)
Capri M1 V6 3000 ( 67th of the production line worth a mint know!!)
Vauxhall VX 390 ( old luxury for its time)
Renault 5 gordini ( WOW do you wanna die )
renault 15 TS ( good looking & Comfort)
renault 17 Gordini ( fastest car for its class )
Fiat 2000 ( bit basic ok )
Fiat mirafiori 2000 T/CAM( stuck like shit to a blanket)
Rover 2000 ( old mans car but lovely to drive)
Rover V8 3500 ( great engine and power about it)
Jaguar 4.2 sovereign ( comfort )
Renault 18 turbo ( v fast )
Datsun 240 Z se ( real bird puller )
Alfa GTV ( pants)
Rover 213 Si ( pants)
Rover 216 GTI (pants)
Renault Laguna 3000 V6 ( nice car lack of power speaks to you!!)
Lexus LS 4.0 V8 ( flying carpet )
Lexus GS 3.0 ( good alrounder)

And finally

My M7 V8 3.5 ( Still waiting diagnostics !!)

The best for instant power and looks and one of the fastest cars on the road at the time : Renault 17 Gordini

Comfort: Lexus LS 400

Reliability : Lexus 400 & 300

To look at and get looked at and the sound: BMW 7 series

So there you go my motoring history!!

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How can i tell what engine is in my car m40, M45 etc Is it stamped on the block or is there somewhere i can look it up.

I have a '98' 318is Im just curious to know in case i have to order parts or something!

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i believe its actually an M44. 94 and up have a slightly larger 1.9 liter engine. M42 was the 1.8liter. I believe the M44 also has a different intake manifold from the m42. M44 also has a knock sensor. I believe the E36 M42's also had a knock sensor, but the M42 from the E30's did not.


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