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Old 09-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Now that the end is in sight for the Miata's current transformation, I'd like to look ahead and start planning for the future. I'd love to get my hands on a BMW M60B40 Alusil, but does anybody have a rough estimate of how big the engine area is in an 80's era 325?
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The engine area is pretty good AFAIK. My GF has an '88 535i and you could get lost in that engine bay. I'd speculate a little less room in a 3 series, but not tight. I could be wrong.

You're wanting to do a V8 swap on one? That could prove interesting.
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I can appreciate the small car big power swap project idea. I've been itching to pick up an early 70s volvo 142s and add a mustang 5.0 driveline and low boost twin t3 set up. Lots of room, strong driveline with proven power and cheap. Yeah, nothing exotic about the swap, that's why I must add multiple turbos.
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yeah, i would rather have the V12, but the wasted fuel is not worth the 40 ft-lbs difference in torque. That and i believe that the v8 would fit better. I plan to do only N/A modifications to the motor, help it breath good, maybe some headwork, nice beefy exhaust, in hopes of keeping some reliability. The only thing I'm still undecided about is whether I want a 325e or 325is, the 2-door is smaller and lighter, but i don't own a 4-door car and would be nice to have a people carrier. Also the rear quarter window on the 325is looks a bit awkward
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Get a convertible 3 series. Still seats 4 and if getting in and out of the back a 2 door is an issue, just drop the top and tell them to jump.
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Check out Vorshlag racing....
Terry has a GMW - Beemer with LS1 swap.
That car is a tire for hire!
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My vote is a in an 80's 6 series! Car still looks good to me and isn't so valuable or rare to feel bad about chopping it up. Something around 500hp ought to make that car fun. Sure would **** off a lot of M car owners.
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Check out Vorshlag racing....
Terry has a GMW - Beemer with LS1 swap.
That car is a tire for hire!
A 357is!

If the 3 series I test drove wasn't all worn to ****, (drove almost like a buick) I'd be driving a BMW and looking at that as the car's future.
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