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Experience:  Vehicle Technician at Richmond Motor Services
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What engines can I swap to my bmw 318I manual 2008, 140000

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What engines can I swap to my bmw 318I manual 2008
JA: How many miles are on the car? Is it an automatic or a manual transmission?
Customer: 140000 manual
JA: Are you fixing your 318i yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: yes
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: BMW
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if I swap for a more powerful engine like 325I and I swap the ecu is there anything else I should get from the 325I
Expert:  Gavin Perry replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I’m looking into swapping my bmw engine
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What engines can I swap to my bmw 318I manual 2008
Expert:  Phillip H replied 1 year ago.


The only engine I would sensibily put in your BMW 318i vehicle is another 1.8 BMW engine (i.e. a like for like replacement).

No doubt there are places that would tell you you can put some higher powered engine / gearbox into the vehicle however you are then getting yourself into the realms of Electrical / Electronic control systems in your vehicle not being compatible with your new Powertrain!