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if you dont have a MINIMUM of six grand laying (archive)

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Posted by RobS. on July 01, 2001 at 02:44:10:

In Reply to: m3 pros and cons posted by mhorsey on June 30, 2001 at 20:10:24:

around then forget it. Realistically, using a low mileage motor that doesnt need a new timing chain (yet -- its an $1100 problem that happens every 100-120k) and other brutal goodies, expect to spend as much as $10K. Realistically the motor itself with the harness and computer should cost a minimum of $6k. Spend less for a motor and you'll pay soon anyways. On top of which youd have to have all the year-correct smog equipment that came with the motor (since your car is still subject to inspections). so your engine bay and exhaust systems would look a lot like a real M3 (all that other smog shit and cat.converter). Keep in mind that a really nice *real* M3 should cost no more than $12gs or so. I have seen PERFECT ones go for $14.5k. You can get a runner that needs some work ($$$$$$-but can wait possibly a while) and isnt cosmetically perfect for less. There are others who know more about the conversion itself than I, but it was one option I researched quite extensively before deciding to turbocharge my stock-motor '69 02 instead... (On a budget of $1500-2500.) Have fun and good luck!!!


i would like a 02 with a little get up and go , but california smog laws make it difficult. my 02 is a 1976,is there perhaps information in the archieves on the subject of installing a m3 motor in a 2002.also if anyone has a little insight on the subject please feel free.

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