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Old 04-17-2008, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What engine do I have?

I have a 97 m3 (I still cant figure out the color combination) that appears to be black with a blue flake, and as best as I can describe "camel, or peanut butter colored interior". It is an automatic....i know i know, but for $8000.00 all the service records, immaculate condition, and under 100k, it seemed a good deal. All I know is that it is the most fun car I have owned, and japanese imports dont know what hit them. Please send me any info you might have on this model, as I am a complete noob.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 97 m3 (I still cant figure out the color combination) that appears to be black with a blue flake, and as best as I can describe "camel, or peanut butter colored interior". It is an automatic....i know i know, but for $8000.00 all the service records, immaculate condition, and under 100k, it seemed a good deal. All I know is that it is the most fun car I have owned, and japanese imports dont know what hit them. Please send me any info you might have on this model, as I am a complete noob.
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It is a 3.2L s52b32 motor. Your exterior color is Cosmos Black. Your interior color is sweet. Actually I can't remember the exact name of the interior color.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Which is better e36 or s52
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the car is an E36(Chassis name) With an S52(engine Name)
and the S52 is the better (compared to the S50? correct?)
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Bigger is not always better. The s50 was in the 1995 M3 and is easier to tune/mod because it uses OBDI engine management. From 1996 onward, the norm is OBDII, which is more restrictive and not as much can be squeezed out of teh motor as could be done with the earlier engines.
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stock to stock though?
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s52 puts down more torque, I guess
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lol modding yes you have it S50.... but the S52 stuff is catching up....
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s52 will never catch up, the only odb2 motor in a e36 that rocked was the 320hp s52.
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s52 will never catch up, the only odb2 motor in a e36 that rocked was the 320hp s52.
...... what?.....
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Euro M3 Evo engine, n00b
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umm that's still technically an S52 correct?
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If we're going for technicalities, that is an s52b32 -- as opposed to the poser engine they put in the North American M3, which is the s52b32US.
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lol NOW I understand Speed confused that hell outta me............
lol ricer thought.... We got 2 more letters that must be good for like 50hp
i knew there was the euro engine and the us..... not that much of a noob..... just the way he said it i didn't get it........
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