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Old 01-18-2007, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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euro spec m3 in the US

how much trouble is it to get one legal over here? and do they let you change what needs to be done yourself or do you need to have a shop do it?
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if you in the army they will ship it over here for free....
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how much trouble is it to get one legal over here? and do they let you change what needs to be done yourself or do you need to have a shop do it?
alot, ur better off buying a us spec and modding it...
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What all is different? I already know the engine trans and rear diff. I know you can buy the stuff off bimmerworld.com but 8 grand for a used engine is kind of a lot... but when I look on eBay like in Germany they have cars going for a little more than us spec m3s. Cost to ship would be around 2,000 only problem is getting it past customs. So its looking like itís almost cheaper to buy one and ship it over.
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What all is different? I already know the engine trans and rear diff. I know you can buy the stuff off bimmerworld.com but 8 grand for a used engine is kind of a lot... but when I look on eBay like in Germany they have cars going for a little more than us spec m3s. Cost to ship would be around 2,000 only problem is getting it past customs. So its looking like itís almost cheaper to buy one and ship it over.
ok in the long run, even if u get it shipped here, parts for the Euro spec are really expensive....trust me, a friend of mine has been looking into it for along time, he gave up and decided either to turbo his S52 or get a S54.....it will be faster and cheaper
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There were 45 Euro Specs shipped to Canada. Try to buy one from up here. Way less shipping!

They are going for $20k-$30kCDN and are numbered 1 through 45. But I think approx 1/2 of them have been butchered in some way...
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There were 45 Euro Specs shipped to Canada. Try to buy one from up here. Way less shipping!

They are going for $20k-$30kCDN and are numbered 1 through 45. But I think approx 1/2 of them have been butchered in some way...
yea there was one on bf.c for 27K i think
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The canadian Euro Spec ones are the s50b30 motors with only 276 bhp.

It's probably a good idea to go that route but they're expensive. A guy on m3forum has #1 of 1-45.


My recomendation is US Spec with forced induction.
No experience with customs here.
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what is the difference between a us spec and euro spec?
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euro spec m3s have a 332hp when the us version has 240 or something they are both 3.2l engines but the us version is based is based of the 96-99 328 m52 engine while the euro version is an engine of its own with 6 TBs. the trans is a 6 speed from 96-99 and they put SMG in some of them from 97-99. the rear diff is also a bit tougher i believe. suspension might be different to. then they come with zkw projectors stock and clear corners all around. everything thats different than the us spec m3 is better.
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euro spec m3s have a 332hp when the us version has 240 or something they are both 3.2l engines but the us version is based is based of the 96-99 328 m52 engine while the euro version is an engine of its own with 6 TBs. the trans is a 6 speed from 96-99 and they put SMG in some of them from 97-99. the rear diff is also a bit tougher i believe. suspension might be different to. then they come with zkw projectors stock and clear corners all around. everything thats different than the us spec m3 is better.
besides the throttle bodies wat makes the euro 3.2L "a one of a kind based on nothing engine" ? its still based on wat all the E36 6cyl motors are based on, the m50

srsly the money u put into trying to find/import/maintain a euro spec, u could have a fully built 95-99 m3 boosted, which means faster/stronger/ and cheaper to maintain....unless u have money to burn or ur a collector..then just go ahead and pick up a euro spec
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what are tb's?

i wonder what m3's are here in new zealand. isn't it a bit stupid that the 325 is 190hp and then the m3 only 50hp more? was the us version only sold in the us or everywhere but europe? and why would parts be more expensive when it'd all be the same apart from a few bits here and there?
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tb = throttle body

Well, the euro spec m3s have different parts. They would more expensive to purchase if you lived in the US and you would have to pay for the international shipping as well.

I personally would get a US spec m3, skip the whole customs mess and spend your money on mods that will make the car better as opposed to spending money on mods just to get it to pass a US based inspection.

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By the wya, a 95 Dakar M3 in california with a euro s50b32 + 6 speed tranny swap just sold on Bimmerforums for about 17k.

SG M3 over there bought it and will probably turn it into a track car.
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