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Old 10-18-2004, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a 93 engine for my 92 325i. I am new to bmw's so I did not know what VANOS was and the salvage yard did not tell me anything about it. I have searched the web and found that I need a new Ecu. Is that all I need, it looks like there are some extra wires with the new harness? I would really really appreciate any information. It is too late to return the engine. Thanks a lot.
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VANOS is variable valve timing.
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1994 was the first year with vanos if i remember correctly, do a search on the forums for more info, and also check the FAQ forum
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In Europe we had VANOS in 1992
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93s have vanos... Not sure if all of them do though.... I would think you need a new ECU and wiring
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I put a salvaged 93 M50 into my 92 E36 in April......NO VANOS.....I think VANOS only came to North American models in late 93 or early 94.
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all 93's should of had VANOS:

"A new DOHC 24-valve aluminum head bumped the 325i's to a robust 189 horsepower. So robust, in fact, that the first five-speed 325i tested by Car and Driver bolted to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 91 mph. That's just as quick as the original M3 to 60, and just a tenth of a second behind it in the quarter-mile and this was the mainstream volume-production four-door. By the 1993 model year, the M50 engine would gain BMW's VANOS variable valve timing system, and, consequently, a sweeter, fatter torque curve. "
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US Market the 1993 BMW M50TU was the introduction to Variable Valve timing or VANOS (12.5* advance, only an on/off system). But still totally sweet
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I put a salvaged 93 M50 into my 92 E36 in April......NO VANOS.....I think VANOS only came to North American models in late 93 or early 94.
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Your correct Vanos came into play in US Spec 95+ 3Series cars.
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Originally posted by ///M3 FX+Oct 19 2004, 10:40 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(///M3 FX @ Oct 19 2004, 10:40 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-diezel99@Oct 19 2004, 10:57 AM
I put a salvaged 93 M50 into my 92 E36 in April......NO VANOS.....I think VANOS only came to North American models in late 93 or early 94.*
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Your correct Vanos came into play in US Spec 95+ 3Series cars.
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..Everywhere I look on the internet it says that in 93 the E36's were introduced to VANOS..If I look on mine (93) is there a a way to tell? Is there a fuse that is labeled for the VANOS system?

But as far as the original question I am uncertain what you would need besides an ECU
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