well im going in about a few hours to check out a 92 318IS but with an M3 engine in there. All the parts to make the engine work properly were installed too. my concern is the cover doesnt say Mpower tho they say its the 325 or something that the 95 M3's used (sorry if im not making sense, but i hope im close, i didnt really understand the lady due to she was hyper) but would that still be giving me 240hp? I dont want to buy the car and be stuck with some beat ass engine and have to pay extra for it. Also the computer screwed up and pushed the milage back to 8,000 tho it has 59,000 on the body, anything i should look for? Thanks guys.
Originally posted by CityFracture@Nov 10 2004, 04:48 PM alright so i found out more, its a 95 325IS engine modded to a M3 engine (im guessing the power) so yeah is this a good chance to take, thanks for anyones help.
I would be sceptical of the deal since there is little way for them to prove it has all the M3 mods. It also sounds like you aren't too knowledgable in the cars anyway and I'm sure the seller can sense that and my try to take advantage of you.
Do you even know what the difference are between the engines?
If I were you, I would at least have them prove the power by putting the car on a chassis dyno or at least have a someone you trust that knows more about cars drive it an verify that the car has the power that the seller claims.
well i know alot about cars just not engine swapping and stuff, they say that its the 95 325IS engine but has the modds to make it exactly like the M3 engine, it has the M3 kit, and what not, there willing to go get me a specs sheet from the dealer or whatever the person said, i mean i dont want to buy a 318IS converted and have crummy hp and have to pay what i did, my fathers a mechanic and will be with me when i go, its just im wondering with that work is the car worth it, thanks for the help tho.
dunno city, I'd be sceptical buying a motor like that, if it's a 318is, bits and pieces were designed for 100 bhp less, buying a proper 328 / m3 is probably the best way forward in my opinion ; saying that I got a 323i completely stock (mechanically) but I like it that way
The only engine that can be truely converted to m3 spec is the nonvanos 92 engine. At best he added m3 cams. NOT M3 PERFORMANCE!
Second, the computer doesn't store the mileage. Othewise it would reset everytime the battry is replaced. The car has a different cluster and there is no way to verify the age. Especially, 59k on a 14 year old car? BS.
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@El Presidente .... maybe not M3 Power as you say but 5 years ago I had a E30 325I with an engine made by Hartge ... it could beat the crap out of an M3 ... so the cover or camshaft does not say everything .... just as an ideea.
The best thing to do , it to take the car on the tester and see the specs. Measure the pressure on the engine , check for "hanging" wires in the engine bay , even under the steering wheel if possible .... turn around the car and if you think it woths the money ... look dissapointed get the price down and buy it.
They know they will never get the price they ask if the car has a swaped engine and you can find some small glitches.
Look under the car for oil and stuff .... look busy and first of all try the car yourself. And when I say TRY IT , I mean TRY IT .... get the best out of it to be sure everything hods together under stress. ( I'll do it .. stress it I mean )
took it for a spin last night and it drives well and is truely fast, ill give it that. i was told its not as fast as a M3 its just a little slower, tho i will look for hanging wires and stuff (thanks for that) but from driving it last night, its really smooth shifting wise and such, the only thing that sucks is the rpms can make out without redlining since the spedometer is less powerful than the engine, otherwise the cars pretty sweet didnt give me a problem, tho im just cautious about the engine swap, tho there is a warrenty on the engine. thanks for everyones opinions and help.
Only the guy who sells you the car can give you warranty on the car or engine , BMW won't do it.
Try to hit some small bumps with the car to hear the suspension , check the brakes and open the oil change cap and look for skum there in the engine room.
If there is skum ...let it be.
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