6-Speed V8 Swap: 1991 BMW 318i M62

The E30 generation BMW 3-series was the breakout story for BMW’s mainstream domestic success — sort of the automotive equivalent of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night.  Sure, BMW had large scale success with the 2002 & E21 (and the Beatles with Please Please Me & With the Beatles) but the Bayerische Motoren Werke sold 2.4 million E30s from 1982 through 1993.  It was the beginning of BMWmania.  Find this 1991 BMW 318i M62 here on eBay bidding for $2,550 reserve-not-met located in Miwaukee, WI with 8 days to go.

An original E30 is a nice car to drive today, but the 318i version will certainly feel slow compared to modern speed machines…so why not get one that has been injected with roids and infused with the sweet aroma of a V8.  This isn’t the best looking E30 you can buy, but it should be fun to drive.

Under the hood is an M62B44 V8 borrowed from an E39 generation 1997 BMW 540i, mated to a 6-speed manual Getrag 420G transmission.   This won’t be a one wheel peel machine because power heads to a 2.93:1 medium case diff with limited slip out back. Stopping is accomplished by an RX7 big brake kit which offers 4-piston calipers and an oversized rotor — who knew that Mazda parts would work easily on a BMW?

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