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M43 V M44

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by hard top, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. hard top

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    This made me think of a conversation I had the other night about the amount of M43's and M44's on the forum.
    It was mentioned that some people my not be aware that they are, in fact, running an M43.
    (Nothing wrong with that by the way)
    This was just one of those conversations that sparked my interest. This is the difference.........

    M43 8V
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    M44 16V
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  2. Rudyrov

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  3. hard top

    hard top Zorg Expert (I)
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    Model Engine Power Topspeed Year
    Z3 1.8 M43 4 cylinder 115 HP 194 km/h 1995 - 1998
    Z3 1.9 M43 4 cylinder 118 HP 197 km/h 2001 - 2003
    Z3 1.9 M44 4 cylinder 140 HP 205 km/h 1996 - 1999
     
  4. t-tony

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    .... and more plastic.
     
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  5. stevie_a

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    Mine is a M43 confirmed when i was in at BMW the other day and my car is a year 2000 I might be wrong but,

    am i right in saying if the car has a 1.9 engine and has front side lights in the bumper it is an M43
     
  6. Barry Gadd

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    British Zeds The M44 Massive

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    One episode of TopGear (the Christmas edition a year or 2 back) showed James May with a Z3. He claimed the car was way down on power and did not compare well with either the MX5 or the Fiat sports car used by Clarkson and Hammond. I guess his car had the M43 engine, or the engine was shot. Can anybody confirm this?
     
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    I like the rocker cover on the M44 16V.
     
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  8. jonco

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    Agree especially when colour co-ordinated.;) - but I am biased.
    IMG_1534.JPG
     
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  9. zedonist

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    Im getting mine carbon dipped shortly Jonco........

    The M43TUB19 is the engine in 2000 onwards Z3 it has a black plastic plenum chamber and is a 1.9 8V. The M43B18 is the engine in Z3 from 95 to 1999 it has an aluminium plenum chamber and is a 1.8 8V. The M44B19 is in Z3 from 96 to 1999 1.9 16V and is MASSSIVE..........
     
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  10. Brian4

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  11. zedonist

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    No that's just huge
     
  12. Brian4

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  13. hard top

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    What one would call a 'big lump'...
     
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  14. jonco

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    Pics required once it's done.

    I followed your advice on mine. 2 coats of VHT Red which was more orange than red, so topped it off with Halfords BMW red and it has been ok temp wise.
     
  15. zedonist

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    It looks nice Jonco, wish I had done red over the top, when it comes off I will do it black, getting a second one fir the dipping.
     
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    the M43 is the only original massive...end of..!!
     
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  17. hard top

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    So @swamper you went from an M43 to an ///M? Awesome, bet you shat yourself......;)
     
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  18. swamper

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    more than once HT...but in all fairness that M43 was brilliant ....dead revy ...very chuckable ...loved it..
    the obligatory pic
    [​IMG]
     
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