View Full Version : Newbie need some questions answered

09-21-2003, 06:05 PM
Im reading alot of posts and the terms e30 e36 e46 keeps on coming up. Do these represent the engine in the cars? if not what do they represent and which is better. And whats the biggest engine you know of that will fit into the 85 318i? Im getting a hand me down from a family member and i definitely want to change the motor. I Was considering putting a 92+ engine in it but my mechanic said hes not sure on would fit any one know different? Thanks for all you help.

09-21-2003, 06:07 PM
the E30, E36, and E46 are just generations of the 3 series
the EXX is a code of the generation
SXX is a code for the ///M engines
MXX is a code for Non-///M engines

09-21-2003, 06:22 PM
Ok i see yea i read an article on bmwinfo.com
still wandering if it will be possible to put a motor from another generation into this one? Or any motor that isnt a 4 banger.

09-21-2003, 06:24 PM
the E36 engines are pretty good...
ask M50E30 he got an engine transplant