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About The BMW M50 Engine

The straight six-cylinder petrol engines of the M50 family replaced the M20 engines in 1990. They were produced until 1995, when they were replaced by M52 engines .

The main difference between the M50 engine and its predecessor is the cylinder head, which has four valves per cylinder and two camshafts . In this regard, BMW engineers have achieved better filling and as a result – the best power characteristics of the motor in the upper speed range, sacrificing torque at low revs.

The timing belt drive M20 was replaced in the M50 with a chain engine, which increased the reliability of the engine. The cylinder block was made of cast iron. The center distance of the cylinders at the block M50 and M20 are the same.

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BMW produced the following modifications of M50 engines:

 
ModificationBorePiston strokeEngine capacity,PowerPower,Torque,Maximum
enginemmmmcm³.compressionhpNmrev / min
M50B208066199110.5: 1150 at190 when6500
5400 rpm4300 rpm
M50B20TU8066199111:01150 at190 when6500
VANOS5300 rpm4200 rpm
M50B258475249410:01192 at245 at6500
5400 rpm4300 rpm
M50B25TU8475249410.5: 1192 at245 at6500
VANOS5400 rpm4200 rpm

M20B25

M20B25 – the predecessor of the M50

Since September 1992, MAN’s engines began installing the VANOS proprietary variable valve timing system. This system receives commands from the engine control unit (ECU). By means of a solenoid valve, the computer opens the oil channel through which the oil acts on the mechanism, which changes the position of the intake camshaft, under pressure. This allowed to increase torque at low revs, reduce fuel consumption and allowed to compensate for the reduced efficiency of the M50 engine (unlike the M20) in the lower engine speed range.

M50 engines have proven themselves as reliable and powerful engines. They were installed on the following models: 320 E36, 325iS E36, 325 E36 , 520 E34 , 525 E34.

Also modified M50 engines were installed on the BMW Alpina B3 E36, had a volume of 2979 cm ³ and power 250 liters.

On the basis of the M50 engine, BMW Motorsport GMBH has developed sports engine modifications for M-series cars. They were labeled S50B30 and S50B32.

The injection control system of the M50 engine does not yet have a CAN bus, which makes it possible to read and reset ECU errors on the K-Line.

Past M50 Engine Enquiries

Name
City
Year / Model
Engine-Size
Engine Code
Requirements
Kamal
Johannesburg
3lt / V6/ S4
CAK
looking for complete used or new engine, request feedback
ahmed
kzn
1993
m50b25 non vanos
m50b25
looking for above engine
Thulasizwe Mkhabela
Nelspruit
1994
Bmw 325
I’m looking for an e36 engine 325i size m50b20
Tshimangadzo
Polokwane
N/A
N/A
N/A
looking for a complete engine on a BMW X6 M50D, in the Polokwane area.
Tshimangadzo Booi Nemadzhilili
POLOKWANE
2013
M50 D BMW X 6
NONE
PLS HELP ME WITH 2013
X6 M50 D BMW ENGINE
Leslie
Johannesburg
2014 / M50 d
3.0
90540712
Hello - please assist in sourcing BMW M50d engine. Looking for good used or reconditioned one. Also please recommend who can repair/overhaul similar engine. I am based in Swaziland/Eswatini. Many Thanks
Jacques Hanekom
cape town
2007
3lt d4d
looking for engin
Suhla
Secunda
1995
325i E36
M50B25
Hello, kindly give me a price on an engine BMW 325i E36 Non Vanos if possible please.
Regards
Suhla
BEN DU PLESSIS
WELKOM
2.8 crd VM50C ENG
VM50C
NEW OR RECON ENGINE BLOCK AND HEAD JEEP LBERTY 2.8 CRD VM50C ENGINE
Anele
Queenstown
2013
1.2
G4LACM957321
I'm looking for Hyundai i20 engine 1.2 motion 2013 model.
Shaun
Witbank
e36
328i
M50
looking for an engine.
محمد
Cairo
1996
2800
Very Important! (Found On Your License Disc)
How much
Mohau
Warrenton, northern Cape
2013/ clio 4
1.2 petrol
84BA
looking for a secondhand engine.
Daan
Jhb
2009
2.8
Vm50C05932
Engine for jeep wrangler 2.8 crd 2009 model!
Jacob
Gettysburg
M50b25
I’m looking for the engine and manual transmission.
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