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Old 04-14-2005, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to buy a BMW Diesel engine from Europe, however the only english speaking countries in europe are also right hand drive countries so some of the parts I would need would not work to convert my '96 3 series to the diesel engine and transmission from Europe.

Could someone please help me with some salvage yard websites on the mainland. I could wade my way through a German site, or possibly a French site, however I don't know enough German or French to find them on my own, of course a Google search in English only turns up sites in the states which do not help me at all.

Has anyone had any experience converting a US spec. gasoline BMW to a Diesel one? I know I will need the engine, probably the transmission (because of the gearing) and also the fuel tank and lines. I've also toyed with the idea of importing a whole car, but the conversion company would want $6,000 or so to convert to EPA standards and I'm not sure they would be able to meet EPA standards at all.

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Old 04-15-2005, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For curiousity sake............. why do you want to convert to diesiel?

http://www.dieselenginetrader.com/index.cf...ngine_find_menu
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Old 04-15-2005, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Because..

Drag (cw) 0.33 (0.34)
Top speed (mph) 147 (144)
Acceleration 0-62 mph (sec) 7.6 (7.8)
Acceleration 50-75 mph in 4th (sec) 6.4

Cylinders/valves 6/4
Capacity cml 2,993
Stroke/Bore (mm) 90.0/84.0
Max output (kW/bhp/rpm) 150/204/4,000
Max torque (Nm/rpm) 410/1,500-3,250

Urban (mpg) 30.1 (26.2)
Extra-urban (mpg) 53.3 (44.8)
Combined (mpg) 41.5 (35.8)

So their decent...
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Those are euro specs though.......... i believe diesel has the same problem in the US as gas does. Higher sulfur contents require manufactures to make serious modifications to the engines here.

I believe its BMW e36's....... they imported some Eurospec engines to the US when they first came out and all the seals failed because the lower quality gas ate right through them.

Im with you on the deisel front though....... they're making those engines now that can outperform gas specs and still give better mileage. Buy a jetta GDI before you transplant though.
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If I could get a Jetta TDI with a 2.5 TDI and manual transmission I would gladly do it, I love the new body Jetta that just came out. I'm not a huge fan of front wheel drive, but I could make do. The 1.9TDI just isn't enough for me, but the mileage is good. The 2.0 TDI in the Passat only came to the US in automatic transmission and the Passat isn't nearly as nice as the new Jetta feature wise.

And to Never Learned, Why??? The specs trojp sent from the Euro spec engine is why. That car gets mileage almost as good as VW's 1.9TDI with twice the amount of power. Besides a BMW drives a little better than a VW anyway.

Thanks for the link to Diesel Engine Trader.
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Let me get this straight. You want to import a diesel car to america?


The Diesel fuel in america is not as clean as the fuel in europe. Also, BMW will supposidally start importing diesel cars sometime soon, because of the gas situation, and the raising of diesel fuel standards.

As for the conversion, you will need the engine, transmission, diff, guage cluster, fuel tank, lines, fuel pump (very expensive on diesel), and some other stuff.
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Hey man. Just buy an '05 or '04 TDI, the pumpeduse version, and do some upgrades. I've got an '03, which has less potential, and with a bit of work and about $1200, I can have 180 HP and 300 ft/lbs. And that's not bad...
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I don't know what gallons those numbers reflect. Realize that an Imperial gallon is larger than an American gallon.

I haven't jumped on the Toyota Prius car bandwagon because I feel one important expense calculation has been left out of the equation. I was listening to the guy who wrote the car book - Lemon Aid; about cars to buy and avoid. He recommends avoiding the Prius. The reason is that to replace the battery in the Prius costs $8,000 American, and the battery only has an 8 year warranty. Which means, when more people realize this, the resale value of the car will plummet. Plus you have to factor in the cost of servicing the car into the miles per gallon figure.

Same with you switching to a diesel engine. You will have to factor in the cost of conversion along with the fuel economy, thus driving up the cost of the car in all expenses including fuel.
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