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  • #91
    WoW this is the most longest thread i hve ever seen. Even though do not own an E30 M3 (but planning too, FOR SURE); i am 100% purist on this subject. Keep the car the way it is supposed to be, the way it is meant to be. I no there are ,many people who would disagree with me, but thats their opinion. My opinion is "KEEP IT ORIGINAL, KEEP IT ONE OF A KIND" THANK YOU

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    • #92
      Originally posted by TheStig30 View Post
      WoW this is the most longest thread i hve ever seen. Even though do not own an E30 M3 (but planning too, FOR SURE); i am 100% purist on this subject. Keep the car the way it is supposed to be, the way it is meant to be. I no there are ,many people who would disagree with me, but thats their opinion. My opinion is "KEEP IT ORIGINAL, KEEP IT ONE OF A KIND" THANK YOU
      The car in your avatar has an engine swap...
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      • #93
        This is funny to me. Everyone likes the styling of the E30. You should just appreciate that people think your car looks cool and not harrass them because they want to make it thier own.

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        • #94
          because its old technology.Anyways who cares once some one owns it they can do whatever they want.I think its cool to see newer and different engines in shit.Just unique and thats what most people like about them.Different from anything you see on the road
          I have negative feedback on several forums, DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH ME!!!

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          • #95
            Originally posted by TheStig30 View Post
            WoW this is the most longest thread i hve ever seen. Even though do not own an E30 M3 (but planning too, FOR SURE); i am 100% purist on this subject. Keep the car the way it is supposed to be, the way it is meant to be. I no there are ,many people who would disagree with me, but thats their opinion. My opinion is "KEEP IT ORIGINAL, KEEP IT ONE OF A KIND" THANK YOU
            Originally posted by Carlo M3 View Post
            The car in your avatar has an engine swap...
            That is pretty funny...

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            • #96
              I haven't taken the time to read all of the previous posts so I may not be making a new point but the reason I chose to do the engine swap in an E30 M3 instead of a garden variety E30 (I owned both when I did the swap) is that the parts you take off an M3 can be sold for enough to make the project cheaper to do. Once I had sold the engine, tranny and suspension I had a near zero cost basis in my M3 which I did get a very lucky buy on at $7000. If I had done the swap in my very nice '87 325is my cost basis after selling the parts I didn't need would have been about $5000.

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              • #97
                Personally, I think the reason anyone would do a swap is because it's cheap to make big power and the car looks amazing, so why would they choose any other car? say someone puts an LS2 into an M3. The LS2 can be bought for around 2k while the corvette is much more expensive. Some people just want a nice car that goes fast. You shouldn't judge them until you drive it yourself and see how awesome the car feels.

                Edit: And one more thing, maybe you shouldn't be worried about the "value" of their car. For me, my car is priceless. There is no way I am going to sell it and I want my car to suit me by any means necessary.
                Last edited by Stranger941; 01-05-2009, 07:17 AM.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by GMW-CSL View Post
                  I haven't taken the time to read all of the previous posts so I may not be making a new point but the reason I chose to do the engine swap in an E30 M3 instead of a garden variety E30 (I owned both when I did the swap) is that the parts you take off an M3 can be sold for enough to make the project cheaper to do. Once I had sold the engine, tranny and suspension I had a near zero cost basis in my M3 which I did get a very lucky buy on at $7000. If I had done the swap in my very nice '87 325is my cost basis after selling the parts I didn't need would have been about $5000.
                  You posted the same thing two years ago. BTW, why do you want to sell it? Sounds like a blast with the alu V8 and plenty of power/torque.

                  88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/M TECH
                  89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/SCHWARZ
                  85 323I S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZ
                  91 M TECHNIC TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH


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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by GMW-CSL View Post
                    I haven't taken the time to read all of the previous posts so I may not be making a new point but the reason I chose to do the engine swap in an E30 M3 instead of a garden variety E30 (I owned both when I did the swap) is that the parts you take off an M3 can be sold for enough to make the project cheaper to do. Once I had sold the engine, tranny and suspension I had a near zero cost basis in my M3 which I did get a very lucky buy on at $7000. If I had done the swap in my very nice '87 325is my cost basis after selling the parts I didn't need would have been about $5000.
                    There's a thread discussing your car here:
                    http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread.php?t=36823
                    Terrance

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                    • in my case i have bought the car with 318is motor in it, and i can't find any s14 motors in my country ,so i got s52b32 motor with 6 speed.
                      Beemer Fever :taz:

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                      • simple - because there are much better motors out there.

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                        • I love the E30 M3 the way it was built and I will never take out an S14, my previous E30 M3 stayed the way it is all the time that I had it.

                          Recently I found a roller which was missing the S14 so the Idea of a swap (cant be called a swap as there was nothing to swap) came in!

                          I love how the E30 M3 looks (better how it performs) now I have a chance to have a much powerful M3, Im gonna try it, when I get bored I will look for an S14 again


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                          • Same way here !

                            Beemer Fever :taz:

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                            • Nice use of black duct tape! :wee: I think that's what many call a "kluge"...

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                              • that duct tape is gone with the motor already :peekaboo:
                                Beemer Fever :taz:

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