I'm going to look at a 318is maybe tommorow or sometime in the next few days. The guy runs a VW auto shop so he's probably kept it taken care of and I was told he is quite trustworthy.
1992 318is but with a 2.0L motor (what are the specs on the 2.0L?)
New Red Paint
New Hood/Fender (small tree fell on it)
260K km's (must be a newer motor though since it's a 2.0L)
Other Mods, not sure what.
Basically I'm wondering the specs on the 2.0L. I can't seem to find them as it's not as common. The km's are much higher than I'm looking for but if it's been taken care of and things have been replaced then it's not so bad. I'm gonna give it a chance anyway.
I wonder if it's a 1.8L overbored to 2L if that's possible. It wouldn't make sense to put a 2.0L I6 in since it's slower. Seems a little odd too me. I'll have to wait and find out. He did say it was really fast so I can't see a 318is with a 320i engine being that fast.
Where are you located? BMWNA did not import the 320, and the only way to achieve 2.0L is to bore the 1.8. With that milage, I would question the engine. If the job was not done well, it could easily be almost dead. If you are not in NA, the 2.0 I6 had something in the range of 160 HP and torque, but is slower than a 318 due to the added weight.
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Really? We have a crap load of E36 320's here in Canada. However, they did not come out in '92, I think they came out in '94, not positive, but they were only out for 1-2 years because of lack of sales and popularity (wasn't the most efficient engine).
You'd be cutting it very close if you managed to get 2.0L out of a 318 motor just by boring it. The walls would be paper thin. You could easily get 2.1L from a stroker.
Anyways, car sounds like it's been through a butcher shop. It's been all hacked up. I'd avoid it. It's great to swap a motor into your own car, but when someone else does it then sells the car, I wouldn't buy it. What happened if something goes wrong? You have no idea what the previous owner did and you'd have to take everything apart.
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Are you sure you'd want to get a 318? I mean there's GOTTA be a decent 325 out there you could look at. With the 318, you won't get the satisfaction and push from at least a 2.5L engine. Well, if money is an issue, then that's understandable, but if you're gonna try to spend some to make a 318 have a little bit more "umph" then you might as well look for a 325 or 328
Back to the point; you better let this car where it is. It had to many miles on the gauge. Not only the engine need a inspection, other parts too! What about wheel bearings, the gearbox or the suspension. Go for a car with a lower mileage and btw, what should you pay for that one you're gonna look to?
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