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Re: Can I put a Honda 2.2L VTEC into my E30 M3 (archive)

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Posted by Paul on October 04, 2000 at 13:53:00:

In Reply to: Can I put a Honda 2.2L VTEC into my E30 M3 posted by E30M3 on October 04, 2000 at 12:49:50:

Hi everyone.

Hey, I have a 1988 E30 M3 that I recently purchased. A friend of mine has a Honda Prelude with the 2.2L VTEC motor and that thing really goes. I was wondering if I could modify my car to take out my motor and put the Honda VTEC engine into my car. I think it would make it more modern and not such an antique. Besides, there are so many aftermarket parts available for Honda motors, like turbos, superchargers, intakes, headers, etc. I would think that an E30 M3 with a modern VTEC motor would be such a better car.

What do you guys think??

E30M3 owner with Honda envy.

Although the Honda VTEC engine maybe more modern and designed by the Honda Racing Team, my humble opinion is that you are way off base.

Yes, the Japanese Hondas have a loyal following and many aftermarket mod, and Mugen aftermarket to boot, but why mess up a good thing.

The BMW Motorsport designed this car for racing; your Honda has a race inspired engine to promote better performance and efficency. It would be a interesting engineering experiment, but hardly worth your time, money and investment. If you want to do it go ahead; many M3 purists will scratch their heads wondering why you did this.

Finally, get yourself a Honda CRV and dump the
VTEC engine in there and spend your money on that car. You would have a light weight pocket rocket. More people will appericate that versus a Honda Engined VTEC M3.

Finally, spend your money on something that makes sense, but it is YOUR MONEY (you must have some doubts because you asked our opinion).

Good Luck.

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