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Think about it all the time.... (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 02, 2001 at 11:48:41:

In Reply to: Tourers; am i crazy? The itch to heel&toe a vagon posted by will not die! Paul P on August 02, 2001 at 10:27:29:

BUT, I would definitely go for the M3 motor, and for ease-of-swap, I would stick with a '95. The '96 motors went to OBDII, so while you would get a bit more power, you will have a LOT of problems adapting the computers. The big six would be fun, but for my money, 1) I would rather have the more modern S50 motor and 2) it will bolt right in, while the M30 will require many changes to the underhood components. Yes, you WILL spend more money on the M3 powertrain, but the swap will be MUCH easier, and I would rather spend my money on the parts than the labor.

Along these lines, there is a '95 M3 5 speed in the back of this month's roundel for $795. Sounds like a good place to start.....

Micah O'C
'92 525iT

Morning all,
Had a vision bout a kick-butt Manual Touring concept last nite. Find a 92 which succumed to the plastic impeller or other major engine catastrophe. Pitch drive train. Drop in a M30 drivetrain (w/ 5-sp of course). Seems cheaper than 530 manual conversion (with proper part sourcing ie wrecked 535) or later M3 drivetrain.
Should i start some serious research or lay off the after dinner port&fattie.

94 530iT&A, Helga;
92 Sentra SE-R, Teddy;

PS Or wait for next promotion and look @ importing either 540iTM or M5T.

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