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    hi guys im new on here so forgive me if ive got this wrong but im after turbocharging my e36 320i saloon and ive been told that the block isn't good enough to run a turbo in it because its aluminium block but im just after some good true full advise
     
     

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    the block is fine to turbo, in fact the M50 engine is the best one to turbo as its an iron block.
    But it would cost a fortune and you could buy a decent M3 for what it would cost, unless you are very handy and can do all the work yourself.

    " I have done alot of stuff i am not proud of, and the stuff i am proud of is just disgusting"
     
     

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    I have also been told about the m50 block, but don't they have trouble with the water pump going on them all the time, and I have a lad who will be doing the conversion for me at a price , see im after is keeping the car and running turbo on it so only realy want like 0.5 bar of boost do you think that will be enough for the 320 to take with out any problem because I will be upgrading the cam piston ect ect so I will be gaining more from the cams and so on. and thanks for the advise
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave320 View Post
    I have also been told about the m50 block, but don't they have trouble with the water pump going on them all the time
    water pump is the same on all the 6 cylinder engines of that era
     
     

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    if you have a 320i then it will be the M50.

    but why dont you just save yourself a load of cash and sell it and get a 328i/M3?
    if you must have a turbo then at least do it to a 325i.

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    Ive seen a couple of 2.5l m50 turbos. They were running a decent amount of boost too 10-15psi.

    As above if youre serious you want go start with a 2.5l. You could transplant one of these into your car first.


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    If you want a fast car - do as the others say and drop in an M3 engine.
    If you want a car that goes psshht, when you change gear - get a Subaru Impreza,
    If you want something a little different, and you're prepared to drop a huge amount of cash into it then go ahead turbocharge your 320i
    I can tell you now - I wouldn't.
    The thing with turbocharging a naturally aspirated engine is; it's much much much more work than you'd think.
    Do a bit (actually LOTS) of research in the area and make the decision for yourself - you'll soon find it's not as simple as bolting bits on.
    Have a read of my project on another forum:
    BMW E36 328i Sport - Turbocharged
     
     

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    It sounds like whoever is advising you thinks its a bad idea too, hence feeding you duff info!

    Drop an complete M3 lump in, straight fit (I assume) and leave it badged up as a 320i, perfect sleeper!
     
     

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    Its better to be different. Its an 'easy' option to just drop an m3 engine in it. No point being a sheep, try something different.
     
     

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    Fair point but a damn fast and reliable sheep.....
     
     

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