1991 BMW 318is - S52 Swap, E30/E36 M3 Five-Lug, Recaros, Coilovers

Price: US $10,500.00 Item location: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 3-Series
  • SubModel: 318is
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Base Coupe 2-Door
  • Year: 1991
  • Mileage: 2,000
  • VIN: WBAAF9311MEE73426
  • Color: Brilliantrot Red
  • Engine size: S52B32 from 1998 M3
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Power options: Keyless Entry, Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: ZF320 5-Speed
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black / Grey
  • Options: CD Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1991 BMW 3-Series 318is


You are bidding on a 1991 318is with the S52B32 motor from a 1998 BMW M3 automatic. The transmission is a ZF-320 which was pulled from a 1997 BMW 328i. Both the engine and transmission are ingood shape with no funny noises or leaks.

The motor modifications and recent maintenance during myownership includes:

-98 S52 from automatic M3 with less than 3% leakage on all cylinders at 60psi, new valve stem seals

-Good shifting, noise-less ZF320 with no fifth gear lean

-Brand New Clutch Master and Slave Cylinder

-M50manifold.com kit, with fresh OEM OBD2 CCV and valve cover

-Behr E36 M3 Radiator

-New Massive Spal Pusher Fan

-Working A/C w/ 134-a conversion

-New valve cover gasket, grommets

-New oil filter Housing Gasket

-New crank position sensor

-Custom intake with heat shield above ABS Servo

-Unknown headers with 2.5" straight pipe exhaust (2 resonators)

-Custom OBD1 tune by myself, Chip Programmer Included (CEL on for ECU checksum which doesn't effect drivability or performance at all)

To help tame some of the additional power, the suspension and brakes have been upgraded as well. The current list of parts on the car include:

-96+ M3 Front Control Arms, spindles, and complete brakes w/ brembo rotors and BOSCH pads

-Full E30 M3 Rear Suspension incl. brakes, Polyurethane raised subframe bushings, brembo rotors

-E30 M3 offset control arm bushing

-Z3 2.7 LTL Steering Rack Powered - Awesome gokart feel

-GC Coilovers, 450 lb/in spring front, 650 lb/in spring rear, Custom Valved Koni Yellow Struts from GC

-Raised polyurethane subframe bushings

-3.25 LSD that is nice and tight + 2.93 LSD Included that is beginning to have pinion whine

-New meyle HD rear strut mounts

The interior is in good shape, with an un-cracked dashboard and following additions:

13 Button OBC

Black Died Carpet with OEM E30 Floor mats

Custom 3D printed shift knob

Matching Recaro Lx-F Seats with 'pump bulb' bolstering

MOMO Prototipo Wheel with matching MOMO Hub

JVC Headunit with Planet audio 5 channel amp powering full crossovers in front and aftermarket speakers in the rear premium housings, 12" subwoofer in trunk - Full iPod/ iPhone integration

It is a slicktop (non-sunroof) vehicle, which is very rare in the E30 body style.

Outside, the car presents well and includes:

Brilliantrot respray 2 years ago - Paint is not a top of the line job, but is definitely better than a run of the mill respray. All the exterior surfaces of the car are smooth and scratch free, and the paint has excellent shine and luster. As stated in the condition section, the paint does have a few imperfections, mostly in the trunk sill (where the quarter panel was replaced and the tail-panel welded back to the new quarter panel), and along the rocker panels where road debris has started to knick the finish. Additionally, the windshield has a filled chip and scratch on the passenger side from a previous owner running the windshield wipers without a blade.

Overall, the car presents and drives very well. A lot of time and money has gone into the car over the past two years and I have personally driven 35000 miles over the last year and a half. While not an original example, or a show car, this vehicle would make an excellent daily or weekend car for someone who doesn't want to be concerned about every little knick or scratch every time it is taken out. Currently, the ABS computer is uninstalled and there is no cruise control module or actuator. Car will come with a few extra parts from various E30's that I have owned including an extra ECU and 'tuned' chip and ABS computer among other smaller items. Please contact me for more details and pictures.