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M3 starter - wow!


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I know it's been said before but I just wanted to add my experience.

Bought a used E30 M3 starter motor off ebay last week for 40 quid and fitted it in half and hour with no mods on Sunday morning.

And what a bargain! It's made such a difference to my always-difficult-to-start-tii. One spin and it's away!

If you have a difficult to start car, get your hands on one of these as soon as you can, you'll be amazed (and did I mention the weight saving..??).


'73 tii arancio borealis - finished?!

'74 lux fjord - gone :(

'73 3.0csi polaris

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I just got one a few weeks ago and am waiting on installing it. Thanks for the feedback! Now if I can just finish up the rest of the car....


1969 BMW 2002--I gotta finish this damn thing

1987 BMW 325is--S52 Monster

1975 Innocenti Mini 1001-- the most cost dense car ever!

1995 318ti

2004 BMW 330i ZHP

2004 Toyota Tacoma (gotta have something reliable!)--can't live without

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The E30 M3 starter is a lot smaller and lighter than the regular starter on a 2002. It is a modern gear reduction starter with a permanent magnet motor that puts out about 1.5 times the HP of the regular starter and will turn your engine over a lot faster. It is a bolt-in replacement. The support bracket at the end of the starter is not used or needed.

Bosch part #SR440X. Just Google the part # and you'll find it.

No amount of skill or education will ever replace dumb luck
1971 2002 (much modified rocket),  1987 635CSI (beauty),  

2000 323i,  1996 Silverado Pickup (very useful)

Too many cars.

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