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Old 11-08-2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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What is my engine?



I keep hearing these S52, S51 etc. motor model numbers. Can someone clarify what I have.

1994 318is - 5 spd and 1997 M3, what motors are these?
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:10 PM   #2
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94' 318is - M42B18 = DOHC 16v inline-4 1.8L engine = 134ish HP?
97 M3 - M52B32 = DOHC 24V inline-6 3.2L engine = 240HP
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:00 AM   #3
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94' 318is - M42B18 = DOHC 16v inline-4 1.8L engine = 134ish HP?
97 M3 - M52B32 = DOHC 24V inline-6 3.2L engine = 240HP
Thanks - I think I get this, M3 is a S52 motor and 318is is a M42 motor correct? I know the potential of the S52, what is the potential of the M42.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:03 AM   #4
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Thanks - I think I get this, M3 is a S52 motor and 318is is a M42 motor correct? I know the potential of the S52, what is the potential of the M42.
potential to be swapped out for an s52
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:29 PM   #5
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M42 is good for a reliable 225 HP if you go FI
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Old 11-09-2007, 04:06 PM   #6
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97 M3 - M52B32
Or S52B32US

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:22 AM   #7
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potential to be swapped out for an s52
hahaha thats good i like that
in my opinion a 318 is the equal to a civic
lol again props on the potential comment
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:04 PM   #8
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318 motors are hurtin'. Aside from fuel efficiency. BMW's are known for their continuing perfection of the inline-6. When talking about E36, a 325 (2.5L) is the lowest I would go.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:46 PM   #9
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^^ Ditto. My first mistake when I bought my car, wanted to save on insurence so went with the 4 banger. 296KM and so far so good Minus the super lack of power.. 0-60 in 3 days
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:11 PM   #10
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Or S52B32US

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just S52B32, no need for US
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