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Old 10-16-2004, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone...i know this is a long shot...im looking to see if anyone might know of the guy who owned a 1996 estoril blue M3....the car was rolled over & sold thru insurance & i now have the car for my build project. The m3 is a full dinan supercharger with the high flow dinan throttle body...darker grey interior...had ac shnitzer badge on rear of car. Interior supposedly had huge tach & some lights that lit up inside the vents in the car...although that stuff was gone when i got the car. Im just trying to find out the exact build of the engine...so faf we've found a lightweight flywheel...huge cams...just thought maybe someone knew of who crashed this m3...thanks for any help
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you can look at the engine identification number, i'm pretty sure it is located above the starter motor, but i might be wrong

the motor is either an S50B30 or an S52B32

the S50B30 is the 3.0 liter engine found in 95 m3's and the S52B32 is the 3.2 liter engine found in the 96-99 m3's

there's an easier way you can look at the 10th digit of the vin number located on the driver's side door jamb

if the 10th digit is S, then it is a 1995 which would make it a 3.0l engine

if the digit is T,V,W, or X then it is 96+ model which would make it a 3.2l engine

also the 95 engine has obd1, and the 96+ has obd2

if your already sure it's a 96 then the engine is the 3.2l with obd2
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thanks for the info...we know its the 3.2 engine...just thought by chance someone knew of the guy who rolled his dinan m3...the guy had the $$ to do it right based on what we found so far...we were just curious about the internals of the engine...thought it would be great to get hold of the previous owner...either way i have an awesome set-up in my hands & will post the whole project when it gets completed
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lol, sorry
i thought you just needed to know what type of engine it was, not the exact internals

good luck with the project, and do keep us posted
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