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Old 04-24-2008, 10:34 AM
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What Engine?!?


I am driving a 1994 bmw 3 series.

The reason for this post is that I am not sure what motor is in the car. The chassis is a 316 chassis according to the VIN number (I established this by phoning BMW and giving them the VIN number).

I bought the car on an auction as a 318i and had to take it for police clearance when I registered it. I found out that the reason for this is the fact that it has a new engine installed.

NO problems so far, untill one of the water pipes burst. I had to buy a new head (secondhand off a stripped car) because the other one was totally busted and could not be repaired. This is where my problems started. I want to buy spares but as soon as I give BMW the VIN number they give me the wrong spares beacause of the chassis being a 316.

Where or how can I find out on the engine what model it is M42, M43 or maybe even M44.

Please help
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