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#1 (permalink) Old 12-21-2006, 04:06 PM
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Should I rebuild my M42 in my 93 318is OR Dump the car?

I own a 93 e36 that has been great for the past three years. Looks nice, rides nice... up until two days ago when I blew a cylinder.

This Beemer has has 240K and it "still runs" despite only having three cylinders.

The question: Should I purchase a rebuilt and have it installed or dump the car and buy something else? I'm located in Northern CA... any recommendations on a good engine shop?
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Drop an OBD-I M3 engine in...

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dont bother, i say. i have the exact same car and if that happened to me, id either get a new car or put a 6 cylinder in.
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would it be a straight 6 cyl engine and computer drop in or does the tranny
have to go too?
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needs tranny too
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It needs a bit more than that. You would also need the rear diff, rear subframe and drive shaft. Or you would need a shop to custom fab a drive shaft or fit the 6cly diff to your subframe (which I am not sure is doable). Just FYI assuming that they didn't change any of that between 95 and 99.
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thanks for the info. i have a 96 318is, nice car no power. i,ll just look
for a 6 cyl car instead of swapping motors
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It needs a bit more than that. You would also need the rear diff, rear subframe and drive shaft. Or you would need a shop to custom fab a drive shaft or fit the 6cly diff to your subframe (which I am not sure is doable). Just FYI assuming that they didn't change any of that between 95 and 99.
its doable, just may not be worth it when you can get a 328i for like 7k or an M3 for around 10k.

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Yeah it is definitely doable. I just didn't want him to get the engine, tranny, ecu, clutch etc... then wonder why the driveshaft doesn't fit. If he was ever actually planning on it, we need to give him all of the info not just part of it.
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i'd rather dump the money into an M3 rather than swap an entire drivetrain.
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Thanks for all the great info. For now I am looking for another E36 with a six banger and 5 on the floor. My 318 was nice but NO power... I will definetly replace with a 325... M3 is out of my $$$ range for now. The only thing I will swap over to my next Beemer are the Staggered Rims, Light upgrades, Halo's and stereo.

Any opinions on getting an E36 325 Convertible? Sure would like nice with my rims and halos? Or is that getting into too much trouble? Mechanically that is!
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Thanks for all the great info. For now I am looking for another E36 with a six banger and 5 on the floor. My 318 was nice but NO power... I will definetly replace with a 325... M3 is out of my $$$ range for now. The only thing I will swap over to my next Beemer are the Staggered Rims, Light upgrades, Halo's and stereo.

Any opinions on getting an E36 325 Convertible? Sure would like nice with my rims and halos? Or is that getting into too much trouble? Mechanically that is!
convert = slow,
angel eyes = too much headache
rims are suppose to be called wheels

btw are u selling ur 318?

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I'll be advertising my 1993 318is on Craigslist as soon as I get another E36 and swap over the "wheels", lights and stereo. The car still runs... but runs like S@#T with three cylinders. The body is excellent... no accidents, rust or dents.

Question: Why are convertibles slow? I test drove a 1994 325i today... felt powerful to me... but then... I am use to a 318is, so maybe I just don't know any better.
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I'll be advertising my 1993 318is on Craigslist as soon as I get another E36 and swap over the "wheels", lights and stereo. The car still runs... but runs like S@#T with three cylinders. The body is excellent... no accidents, rust or dents.

Question: Why are convertibles slow? I test drove a 1994 325i today... felt powerful to me... but then... I am use to a 318is, so maybe I just don't know any better.
verts are a slower cuz they are heavier...they are heavier because of the extra parts for the convertable top...

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