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#1 (permalink) Old 08-19-2004, 07:44 PM
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is it worth it to me to keep my car and just drop an M3 engine in it?


or rebuild bigger on my older engine


or just trade it in put some money towards buying a rear M3


tell me what you think?

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If your current engine is good... or atleast running.. I would just mod that.. your car is fine... work with what you have... its more fun that way...

My dream has always been to own an M.... and I did it ... if it is also your dream.. do the same... go about it any way you can....

Dealing with money.. I'd say keep what you got... and maybe later... put an M engine in there... and make that sucker unique as hell... its a very hard choice.. but I'd say honestly... keep what you have.. and or save for an M.. and still keep that car...


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Drop an M engine! Dutch is hooking me up with 321hp m3 euro motor for 8k.

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think of it this way.... if u want to spend 6k on a m3 motor, and get close to 300hp... or u can work the engine u got now, with either a turbo, or super charger...?? and then hit it with nos... but alot more work comes into play when u mod the stock engine... all depends... if u got the money or not.. and if u really wanna drop a new engine in the car???

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Drop an M engine! Dutch is hooking me up with 321hp m3 euro motor for 8k.
ya but with u livin in CA. it wont pass emissions.

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Originally posted by e36_m3_Turbo+Aug 19 2004, 11:44 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (e36_m3_Turbo @ Aug 19 2004, 11:44 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Deloriant@Aug 19 2004, 06:35 PM
Drop an M engine! Dutch is hooking me up with 321hp m3 euro motor for 8k.
ya but with u livin in CA. it wont pass emissions. [/b][/quote]
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Drop an M engine! Dutch is hooking me up with 321hp m3 euro motor for 8k.

ya but with u livin in CA. it wont pass emissions.
Not legally


Build a stroker engine. [/b][/quote]
well ya . then when they find ur ass. they will probably double fine u n

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Work with what you have and rebuild the motor. If you drop in a used M3 motor, it's still used. How long before you'll have to rebuild that motor again? If you can find a used M3 rebuilt motor under 5K I'd grab it and say go with the M3 motor. Otherwise, I'd just rebuild your current motor and do some headwork, cams, etc.

Plus, everyone knows the Euro M3 motor is the only REAL M3 lol kidding guys.

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tough choice, all legit answers

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If you really love your car and never plan to sell it, go for the euro m3 engine.

but if you ever want to sell your car engine swapped cars dont retain their values as well as stock cars.

honestly if i had the cash and i had your car i would drop the m3 engine in it and keep the car as long as humanly possible, which would along time with a brand new engine in it.

and it would probably be the same cost (about 12k installed, if i am correct.) as buying a stock e36 US m3 with about 70-80k miles on it.

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Sell your car, then look on e-bay for some sort of rocket ship. They have alot of stuff one ebay. If they dont have rocket ship, then get a new engine and put like a bazooka or machine guns under the hood.

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I'd keep what you have, or buy an ///M car. Not like I can say I'm against engine swaps, but regarding an S50 or S52 swap, I'd rather have the whole enchilada :wink

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I would say stick with what you have. To me it would a better feeling of accomplishment if I could churn out those numbers starting with less, and then eventually churn out lower/higher numbers depending on what you are talking about... But then again, I wouldn't mind having an //M either... but still for me I'll keep what I got and just put out more power and have more grip... one day...
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