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    Originally posted by Powling View Post
    Given the prices 318is cars are going for these days that might not be a bad idea...
    This is true. The car is not perfect and is higher miles, but it definitely seems like the way to go. Hmmm.
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      Originally posted by djjerme View Post
      Meh. It’s an M50 swap. That’s about the going rate for them any more. It’s one of the few swaps that can now hurt the value of the car.. well that or a small block Ford.
      At least the SBF can make the car more fun to drive without killing the car's balance if you mind the weight and toss the iron heads where they belong. If you put a stock mustang/truck 302 in there all bets are off :down: because stock the motor is absolutely crap.

      I often wonder why anyone ever bothers with M50 swaps, it's a lot of work for added weight and barely any more power.

      Originally posted by e30austin View Post
      Really makes me rethink removing the nicely done M50/ZF from my 318is and stuff another M42 in...
      M50 swaps are solidly 'meh' but imo unless you are regularly hitting tight downhills you're going to hate driving an M42 powered E30. NA 4 cylinder cars can be fun with revs or light weight, but the M42 doesn't rev (falls flat just after 6k) and the 318is isn't light in 4 cylinder world.
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        Bring a Trailer Auctions, E30 edition

        Originally posted by varg View Post
        but the M42 doesn't rev (falls flat just after 6k) and the 318is isn't light in 4 cylinder world.

        Originally posted by BAT community;
        ...but baby M3!?!?



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        Last edited by djjerme; 06-25-2019, 10:21 AM.
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          Originally posted by djjerme View Post
          but baby M3

          How about a “high mileage” M3?

          1988 M3
          https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1988-bmw-m3-76/

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            Let’s see if a properly modified 325is will so we’ll, because it damn well should

            1988 325is
            https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1988-bmw-325is-38/

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              Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
              How about a “high mileage” M3?

              1988 M3
              https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1988-bmw-m3-76/

              I really like this one - true driver and looks well cared for. Meaning, BAT's going to tear it apart. Or it's going to go crazy stupid money and be socked away in a bubble for the rest of it's life.
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              1991 325i MT2 Touring (JDM bro)
              1991 Racecar (Chase Schmidt's former drift car - M30)
              2006 BMW X3
              2011 Audi A3 - wife's other German car

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                Originally posted by djjerme View Post
                I really like this one - true driver and looks well cared for. Meaning, BAT's going to tear it apart. Or it's going to go crazy stupid money and be socked away in a bubble for the rest of it's life.
                yeah curious to see what audience this car attracts.

                I hope it goes for a decent price and ends up in the hands of someone who wants to drive the shit out of it, rather than the alternative..

                It's a really clean car for the mileage, but do you think people with deep pockets are going to dump cash on a repainted M3 with 160k on the clock?

                Definitely going to do better than the red m3 that didn't hit reserve.. maybe 45k?
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                  Picked up my bike from getting a tuneup and decided to swing by my buddies shop, and guess what wandered by..



                  Hey, I think I’ve seen that car. Somewhere... [emoji848]


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                    ^Small world

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                      Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                      Let’s see if a properly modified 325is will so we’ll, because it damn well should

                      1988 325is
                      https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1988-bmw-325is-38/

                      Bronzit! Bronzit! Bronzit!



                      I think it will do well based on the low mileage. The BaT crown doesn't seem to despise Bronzit as much as y'all do here.
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                        E30 attrition rate in full effect

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                          Originally posted by djjerme View Post
                          Originally posted by BaT community;
                          ...but baby M3!?!?
                          M42 owner cope.

                          It's a C-tier BMW engine and a D-tier 4 cylinder. It's prone to some stupid problems (profile gasket, tons of timing case leaks, broken idler sprocket, crank walk due to 180° thrust bearing) and underwhelming in performance and NVH. From my time on M42club I've seen that it also responds poorly to NA mods which are expensive to boot (ever priced a set of M42 cams?).
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                            That guy in the black shirt sure is a handsome fella.
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                              Originally posted by varg View Post
                              At least the SBF can make the car more fun to drive without killing the car's balance if you mind the weight and toss the iron heads where they belong. If you put a stock mustang/truck 302 in there all bets are off :down: because stock the motor is absolutely crap.

                              I often wonder why anyone ever bothers with M50 swaps, it's a lot of work for added weight and barely any more power.



                              M50 swaps are solidly 'meh' but imo unless you are regularly hitting tight downhills you're going to hate driving an M42 powered E30. NA 4 cylinder cars can be fun with revs or light weight, but the M42 doesn't rev (falls flat just after 6k) and the 318is isn't light in 4 cylinder world.
                              I agree with you. Mostly just looking to make some money on this car and I feel like it would probably do better with the M42 installed. Has some nice parts like a glass moonroof, nice anthracite herringbone interior, full Lukebox setup, lots of suspension mods, Z3 steering rack, etc
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                              '88 M5 | '88 325is | '88 330is | '91 M-Technic 325ic | '03 325it

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                                I'm sure it will be worth more with an M42 than an M50, but how much is the question. Since it won't be the original engine, that's going to hurt the value to the people who pay the big bucks for these cars, and you won't get the money back unless you throw a cheap used M42 in it. Rebuilding an M42 costs a pretty penny because of the timing stuff, more than rebuilding an M20 by my last check.

                                Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                                Let’s see if a properly modified 325is will so we’ll, because it damn well should

                                1988 325is
                                https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1988-bmw-325is-38/

                                That is a beautiful car and would make a great nearly stock weekend driver. I'd almost feel bad about modifying it, but not quite. It would be a happy car with ITBs and higher compression. I actually like bronzit quite a lot too.
                                Last edited by varg; 06-25-2019, 04:26 PM.
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