Engine 500,000 Miles E30 M3 on eBay

Engine 500,000 Miles E30 M3 on eBay

In the latest edition of Buy This Neat Thing (so BMW workers don’t have to), We offer this eBay listing. In the digital auction arena: the beating heart of BMW’s greatest on the road, the 2.3-liter S14 inline-fours engine that powers the first M3. Why should you spend nearly $6000 (at the time of writing) on ​​a blown engine half a million miles on it? We are so glad you asked.

Gallery a: Engine note. If there are inline fours that sound better on the planet, we haven’t even heard of them. (We will allow Cosworth BDA vying for the crown, but this argument tends to be drowned out by the roar of intake exceeding S14). That should be reason enough to rebuild this block and fit it into the awaited E30 M3 shell, 320is, or even 2002.

Figure B: History! The design of the S14 was designed by BMW legend Paul Rosche, with the help of his colleague, Jost Capito, current CEO of Williams F1. At its most basic level, the S14 is just two-thirds of the six-cylinder masterpiece that powered BMW’s first M car, the mid-engined M1. In terms of bragging rights, it’s hard to beat “I (most) have a supercar engine in my Bavarian compact sedan.” Then there are the engine’s racing pedigree. According to BMW, the S14 was the most profitable racing car in the history of fast driving on four wheels.

Figure C: It’s awesome! People love the former R&T Editor Jason Camisa It will tell you that the S14 feels rough, understated, and stressed. he is right. The S14 indulges in all those racing car cliches on the road. The 2.3 liter block makes one of the best special smoothing shows ever and doesn’t pretend to want to show up at your door with a bundle of flowers for mom. This engine makes all its power in the upper part of the rev range, which is hardly acceptable in everyday driving; But in zealous leadership – and I really mean prudent things – you reach divinity. If you’re looking for smooth power delivery and glassy torque, look elsewhere. If you want “ring-my-neck-dad” power, the S14 is your berry.

Of course, there is a price issue here. This particular S14, with its 50 percent trim cylinders, would undoubtedly sell for five figures. I bought a complete E30 M3 track car in 2013 for a lower price, and it doesn’t quite haunt me every waking minute. yes I’m fine. I said I’m fine.

However, if you’re taking this buying advice seriously, rather than as an excuse to indulge my love for the ur-M3, beware: rebuilding the S14 is very expensive in 2022. If you ship it to a professional, beware of the $20,000 end. If you have the will and ability to do the job yourself (may the gods bless you), tracking down parts for this rare engine can be more difficult than writing checks for your favorite parts supplier.

Despite the difficulty and cost, everyone who buys and refreshes this particular S14 is in for a treat. These are powerful, durable engines if properly maintained (my E30 suffered dozens of track days at a 25-year-old, with nearly 235,000 miles on the clock). Plus, there’s a direct link to BMW’s richest history, and the satisfaction of keeping something very special. And the sound. Don’t forget the sound.

Please buy this neat thing (so BMW suckers don’t have to on staff).

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