wow, thanks for the insight Jr. It seems like you have all the hook ups around here
so it seems like this process is something that would take more than the money on the way. So it seems like I am limited to a US spec M3 engine, based on that I won't be able to pass emissions and that I can't afford the OBDII euro M3 engine.
I will go get the M3 tranny conversion. Would it be bad to match an M3 5-speed to a 328 engine? it sounds like I could really benefit from the conversion, sounds like it opens up a lot of power that the auto can't put to the wheels. Can always scrounge around for cheap m3 engines later.