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Re: E30 with Euro motor question(s). (archive)

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Posted by Seth Thomas on January 18, 2001 at 11:19:35:

In Reply to: E30 with Euro motor question(s). posted by vertius on January 18, 2001 at 09:11:01:

I really don't recemend doing this. The brakes on these cars are at their max with just a US motor in it much less the 321hp Euro. I do know a guy that did put a 3.0L 286hp motor in his E30. At the track he could not keep brakes on the car. Now if you did upgrade the brakes to something like the Movit Big Brake kit, I think you might be okay. There is also the monetary standpoint. A conversion with a US motor and 5-spd. transmission costs anywhere from $10-12K including parts. A Euro 3.2L is more complicated because of its OBDII system. The cost of doing this conversion with parts would probably be around $20K. I don't see it being worth twice the price of the car. That is my thoughts on it though.

Seth THomas
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Some of you guys have an E36(240HP) motor in your E30. Has anyone put the "euro" 321HP motor in their E30 M3? If yes, do you need the 6 speed tranny? What other mods would have to be done? I am curious because I might be selling my '98 M3/4 and I might want to try the conversion on the E30 M3. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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