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Old 10-28-2004, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 318i and was wondering if a m3 engine would fit and if so what all would i need... i was thinking of a e36 doner M3... if anyone has any idea where i could get one for about 4K ... i have a 95 318i with 95K miles... i was thinking of doing the transplant for the overhaul...


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Old 10-28-2004, 01:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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tons of places to get one.. start with ebay and then go to salvage yards. I have a good 325i engine that I'm going to be rebuilding here real soon if you're interested...
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i was thinking more along the lines of a doner car so that i can upgrade the cluch (if posible) and the brakes as well .. also im told i would have to change the gear box (one 5-speed for another 5-speed) but i dont understand why they cluch... how much for the engine and how many miles
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It won't fit. You will need someone to custom make and relocate all the engine mounting positions. I would just buy a 325 and swap in the M3 motor. It's too much work on the 318 to convert all the parts. I know because I have M3 everything expect the engine. You're looking at spending more than $10,000 on a conversion. You have to get more than just the engine.
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Ohhhh... Crap... at least i know that it wouldnt fit.. would a 325i engine fit.. if yes how much for cost?
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Ohhhh... Crap... at least i know that it wouldnt fit.. would a 325i engine fit.. if yes how much for cost?
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Same problem. All the 6 cyl models including M3 have the same engine mounting points. So M3 engine would bolt right into a 325. Nothing fits in the 318. Modifying the engine mount locations isn't too difficult. But you would have to change the tranny, clutch, exhaust, differential, suspension, etc. You're looking at about $10,000. I'd rather spend that $3800 on a supercharger and live with less power. At least I wouldn't have to butcher up my car.
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-Autotechnica- Those are the Alutec m style wheels correct? What size are those and would you recommend them?? tried to PM you but can't..thanks!!!
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if ur looking to spend money, get a turbo cheaper than m3 engine
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i have looked at getting a turbo and couldnt find one for a 318i... any ideas where i could get one?

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i have looked at getting a turbo and couldnt find one for a 318i... any ideas where i could get one?

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for our cars, you would want to go with a supercharger. it's going to cost about 3k, i think... more power, quicker and safer...

if you could, trade in your car and get a six cylinder bmw... there's more parts for it and more power... the 318 never really caught on... it's all about the straight six...
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