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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-06-2007, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a used engine

Does anyone have any advice on picking a yard to buy a used engine from? I'm looking to buy an M42 engine for a 91 318i. I've found 2 prospective sellers, both in California, both claim the motors compression tested above 200psi, both say they have 90 day warranties. One is B M Tech in Rancho Cordova CA, the other is Sierra Auto Parts in Arroyo-Grande CA

Any advice? I'm in Alaska, so buying local is not an option.

I tore apart my old motor, and between needing all new timing components(chain, all gears, all guides), and possibly needing to bore and buy new pistons, I decided a motor swap might be the way to go.
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I know Bavarian Auto in Rancho Cordova sells used and rebuilt engines and Vines in Alabama is a good salvage parts provider (both have web sites).
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