Engine BMW M44B19

The BMW M44B19 engine is a 4-cylinder engine that replaced the M42B18 engine and was produced from 1996 to 2001. This power unit has taken a leading position in the BMW four-cylinder engine program and compared to the M42, many design changes have been made on the M44 both in the engine itself, in the control system and in the outlet system.

In this engine, the cylinder diameter was increased to 85 mm and new pistons were used, a new crankshaft with a stroke of 83.5 was installed, and connecting rods were lightened.

All this is covered with a new cylinder head, with a redesigned valve drive. The hydraulic lifters remained, the diameter of the intake / exhaust valves remained the same (33 / 30.5 mm). Characteristics of standard M44 camshafts: phase 240/244, lift 9.7 / 9.7. The pump was improved, from now on it stopped flowing. The intake was completely redesigned, the intake manifold received a DISA length change system. The engine management system has been replaced with Bosch DME M5.2.


Production years 1996-2001 Munich Plant
Displacement, cc 1895
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp 140 /6000 rpm
Torque output, Nm 180 /4300 rpm
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 85
Piston stroke, mm 83.5
Compression ratio 10.0
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 0W-30 / 0W-40 / 5W-30 / 5W-40 / 10W-40 / 15W-50
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for 318is E36)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000

Disadvantages of the M44B19 engine

  1. Knock in the motor. The main reason for the problem so characteristic of the M44 lies in a worn camshaft or hydraulic lifters and rocker arms.
  2. RPM fluctuation. It is necessary to diagnose the mass air flow sensor air duct for cracks and depressurization. You also need to check the mass air flow sensor itself, idle valve, throttle and lambda probe. In addition to all this, the problem may be hidden in the deterioration of the camshaft rotation.
  3. Loss of power during acceleration. The reason is clogged nozzles. They need to be cleaned.
  4. Increase in operating temperature. First of all, you need to check the radiator, thermostat, pump, cooling system and its plastic pipes for air congestion.
  5. No ignition. Take a look at the fuel pump, ignition coil, overvoltage conductors and spark plugs.

It must be remembered that the timing belts on the M44 are not very reliable. In addition, the age of the unit is already decent. Although the motor itself is quite stable and has a resource of 300 thousand km or more. However, today there is not a single copy that would not have reached this mark, and therefore, alas, there will be no absolutely problem-free operation.

1 thought on “Engine BMW M44B19”

  1. Craig Engle

    Looking for power up grade , I have 94 compact looking at changing engine , maybe a n54 or any advice on this how to give me the BMW driving experience, that is well known for ATM it’s as slow as a snail , TIA

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