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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Jul-03-2012, 12:00:50 PM   #31
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Default Re: Importing e36 Euro M3 into California from Germany

Look, it's probably easier now to swap a S54 drivetrain in and bring it up to OBD2 standards. Which would be perfectly legal. ANd you get a better engine to boot.
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i actually just researched this and got shipping quotes etc. from what I've found obd2 evos are on the approved list for importation. They have to pass emissions testing and fees be paid which the shipping company will normally handle as part of the charges.

As for registering the car, the DMV simply requires proof of legal importation and ownership of the vehicle.

The only problems i see is the vehicle not passing US emission standards but other than that it shouldn't be a problem.

If someone can find me any actual evidence to support otherwise it'd be appreciated.
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i actually just researched this and got shipping quotes etc. from what I've found obd2 evos are on the approved list for importation. They have to pass emissions testing and fees be paid which the shipping company will normally handle as part of the charges.

As for registering the car, the DMV simply requires proof of legal importation and ownership of the vehicle.

The only problems i see is the vehicle not passing US emission standards but other than that it shouldn't be a problem.

If someone can find me any actual evidence to support otherwise it'd be appreciated.
LOLWUT?

I don't think that exists, none of the Euro motors had ODB interfaces.
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http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/
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Look, it's probably easier now to swap a S54 drivetrain in and bring it up to OBD2 standards. Which would be perfectly legal. ANd you get a better engine to boot.
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Man, your area is a mess. Hope you got through it OK.
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Oh hell we're fine here. We were on the North side and had no damage, The power only went off for about 5 mins. I've got a friend in Silver Spring that just got power back today.

Anyway,

There were no Euro engines that were OBD (1 or 2) compliant. And really no way to make them compliant for any reasonable amount of money. (but it can and has been done)

You could import one of the 45 1994 M3's from Canada, but you have to get a letter from BMW NA saying it meets applicable Canadian stds at the time.

You cannot import ANY eurospec M3 that may have been imported to Canada.

Like I said, it's probably easier and cheaper to put in a complete S54 and make it conforming Even in Cali you could do that.
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^ this. When I lived in Germany, I considered bringing over a Euro spec BMW but balked when I learned the cost to convert it to US safety spec. Emissions is just one consideration; we have a 5-mile/hr bumper, they have a 3-mile/hr bumper. We have a different type of safety glass they don't use- so all new glass as well. It's way cheaper to put whatever Eurospec stuff you want in your US car than turn a Eurospec to US specs.
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