Originally Posted by marti5
I think its an M44 but I could be wrong, whats the last seven digits of your VIN # as Im sure they changed in april 96 from the M42 so it could be either.
Found this: BMW M42 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Displacement for the M42B18 was 1.8 L (1796 cc); cylinder bore was 84 mm; and stroke was 81 mm. E30 318iS, 318i (in the U.S.; European versions of the 318i were fitted with the M40 engine), and early E36 318iS/318ti (prior to 1992) models were fitted with versions producing 100 kW (134 hp) and 172 N·m (127 ft·lbf). Later, change in the overhead cam design helped to achieve 103 kW (138 hp) and 175 N·m (129 ft·lbf) coping with the increased weight of the E36 models. The engine uses Bosch M1.7 fuel injection.
The M42 is a popular engine swap for 2002s and E21s. It is a relatively inexpensive swap, and produces more usable power than the M10s, while still being lighter, plus utilizing modern EFI and direct-ignition and a much improved valvetrain.
Further, the long-stroke forged crankshaft from the M47 motor coupled with an overbore of +2 mm will make for a 2.1 L Stroker M42. The 86 mm pistons from a European 3.0 L S50 will produce a high compression, stroker M42 when coupled with the M47 crank. The addition of a MAF conversion from an M50 engine and properly setup cams, valvetrain, and tuning will yield potent output from the "lowly" M42.
1989–1991 E30 318iS/U.S. model 318i 1992–1996 E36 318i/318iS/318ti