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touch
02-14-2008, 09:41 PM
Hey I found a guy out in windsor selling a BMW e30 M20 2.7L ETA 6 cyl. engine with low miles........He says it has 120 on it for 300 bucks.....

Its coming out of a 86 and I have a 1990 325i. What changes do I have to make to make?

jeremy
02-14-2008, 10:30 PM
120k, i dunno man. i doubt you'd find too many e30 motors with that kinda km..

why not go m50?

T.Dot_E30
02-14-2008, 10:54 PM
why would you want to downgrade to a 2.7L eta motor?

You would need to change all the electronics to get it to work.

El Gato Liso
02-14-2008, 11:08 PM
i can only hope that u want this motor for a 2.7i mod !!!

SamE30e
02-14-2008, 11:09 PM
Yea ETA motor is a downgrade, unless you swap your old head onto that bottom end and run MS. It might make the same power..

Or boost it:D

craz azn
02-14-2008, 11:30 PM
You are downgrading. Thats a big mistake.

static
02-15-2008, 12:07 AM
everyone who replied assumed the OP was looking for HP performance. What if the guy is looking to have a reliable, economical beater? eta motor would fit the bill even better than the i one.

craz azn
02-15-2008, 12:49 AM
its more work to make a E motor fit into an I, rather than to just throw in another I motor which is plug and play. the I is fairly economical too.. it just depends on the drivers foot

touch
02-15-2008, 01:04 AM
I just wanted to a second opinion. Its my first e30 and I'll never give it up and I won't drive in anything else but a bimmer. I'm just shopping around now so I'll be ready for summer.

My engine died with 350......I'm just looking to get back on the road so I'm open to any suggestions!

Hey I found a guy out in windsor selling a BMW e30 M20 2.7L ETA 6 cyl. engine with low miles........He says it has 120 on it for 300 bucks.....

Its coming out of a 86 and I have a 1990 325i. What changes do I have to make to make?

T.Dot_E30
02-15-2008, 09:54 AM
What is wrong with the m20 currently in the car?

Snapped Belt?, Bad Valves?, knocking bottom end?, Headgasket????

It most likely can be fixed depending on what it is.

BmW1819
02-15-2008, 12:26 PM
ill take your motor for 1$ :)

touch
02-15-2008, 01:18 PM
Two of my pistons are jammed and my water pump just went. I'm really considering going with the m50 swap.

El Gato Liso
02-15-2008, 01:20 PM
Two of my pistons are jammed and my water pump just went. I'm really considering going with the m50 swap.

d...o........i...t

touch
02-15-2008, 01:24 PM
I think I might just do it. But my search continues on trying to find a m50 engine and somewhere do get it done.

I'm up for all suggestions

d...o........i...t

bmdoubleya
02-15-2008, 02:04 PM
I think I might just do it. But my search continues noe trying to find a m50 engine and somewhere do get it done.

I'm up for all suggestions

I suggest that you drive to ottawa and buy my 325is motor with about 25,000km's on the rebuild $450 Picked up. It's out of a 87 325is.

BigD
02-15-2008, 02:29 PM
You shouldn't have problems finding an i motor for a couple of hundred bucks. M50s can be found for 3-500 max. It's an old, dime a dozen engine. I can't believe someone is trying to sell an eta engine. I felt ashamed giving mine to Charlie, since all it's gonna do is take up space until he needs some parts off of it. Take your time and look around, 300 for an eta is a ripoff, 0 is fair.

Eurostyle
02-16-2008, 12:36 AM
You shouldn't have problems finding an i motor for a couple of hundred bucks. M50s can be found for 3-500 max. .

I assume you are mixing M50 and M20...not sure i've seen too many good M50's for $300...unless you wanna swap a 320i

Eurostyle
02-16-2008, 12:44 AM
I think I might just do it. But my search continues on trying to find a m50 engine and somewhere do get it done.

I'm up for all suggestions

We got any kind of M50; from 320 to 328...Bimmersport can do any swap, with 2 stops you got everything set*wave*

BigD
02-16-2008, 02:09 AM
I assume you are mixing M50 and M20...not sure i've seen too many good M50's for $300...unless you wanna swap a 320i

Well the OP is referring to "i" and "e" motors so that's how I referred to it as well. But a 2.5 M50 should not be hard to find for 500, just may take some patience with classifieds watching.