The BMW M44 is a straight-4 DOHC piston engine which replaced the M42 and was produced from 1996-2001. Compared with the M42, the M44 has an extra 6% displacement. As per the M42, the M44 has a dual length intake manifold (called "DISA" by BMW).
|M44B19||1,895 cc||103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp) @ 6000||180 N·m (133 lb·ft) @ 4300||6500||1996-2001|
The M44B19 has a displacement of 1895 cc,  and meets with Euro3 norms. The crankshaft has an increased stroke from the M42's 81mm and is cast instead of forged to decrease production costs. To compensate for the increased throw, the pin height on the pistons was decreased to 30.4mm. It retains the same 140mm rod forgings however. Also revised were the valve actuators which are of a roller pivoting arm type replacing the M42's cam on spring cup design for a 30% decrease in rotational resistance from the cams. Greater Use of plastic cooling parts will potentially cause problems with reliability on higher milage engines, though these can be swapped with M42 pieces. 3/97 and later cars received electric cooling fans replacing the water pump / belt driven fans. Performance improvements are possible mostly through measures to increase intake airflow, which is very restrictive from the factory.
- "BMW Heaven Specification Database | Engine specifications for M44 engines". Bmwheaven.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
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