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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 04-22-2005, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I just bought a 325is 1987. I found a 89 325is engine, and was wondering on if it would be an easy swap over... I assume most of the components swap over. Does any one have any reccomendations / tips for this? I was planning on doing the swap this weekend... If someone has done this before, any tips or things you came across?

If someone has even pulled their engine, and reinstalled it, any tips on that would be cool to!

Thanks.
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just curious, why are you swapping?

and where are you located?
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Old 04-22-2005, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Engine is 228000 miles old.
Swap is a weekend of work, and less money that a engine rebuild.


I live in CA. Bay Area.
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I definatley agree with you on the idea that an engine swap is less $$ than an engine rebuild.

I am currently in the process of swapping mine, E30 325iC and all i can recommend is that you have alot of friends there to help you when you pull the engine.. label everything, try not to strip bolts especially on the transmission take pictures so you can remember how things went together. I live close to the bay area maybe I can come and assist depending on whats happening with my car at the time, If you need help

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bay area? hoody hoo......i use to live in Pleasanton........

i can hook you up with some tips if you are just doing a straight forward engine swap, same motor to same motor.......let me know when you are just about ready to begin and i will share with you what i learned when removing mine


oh and would you be interested in selling that I top end from the high mileage motor? i have an E motor back here that would love me for it
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dj i have a motor you could get off me cheap, its an I, or even a part of it
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welp, i just need the componets to make my E an I......so pretty much just the top end goodies if you are willing to seperate.....if not, i am gonna try to make it out to Cali this fall to pick up a new winter beater, i can always try to swing on by when i am heading back out east

let me know the price for just the head stuff if you want to sell, and the complete I motor just for shits and grins
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The Engine is 228000 miles old.
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Pfft, that engine is still young!
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Id be willing to part with part of it or the whole thing, I sorta do want it out but hey what ever I can get tell me the parts you need and a resonable price and maybe I could just ship ya the parts you need or if you want the whole thing i would be glad to hold it for ya, its on a pallet in my garage at the moment

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Id be willing to part with part of it or the whole thing, I sorta do want it out but hey what ever I can get tell me the parts you need and a resonable price and maybe I could just ship ya the parts you need or if you want the whole thing i would be glad to hold it for ya, its on a pallet in my garage at the moment

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How many miles and what year is the 325i engine? I'll buy the complete unit from you depending on price/mileage. Email me at Richardd@lundcadillac.com and we can talk about it.
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jump on it nuke.......it's all yours playa..........i almost would rather have the whole deal but wouldn't be able to make it out there until the fall at the soonest. and i know you could use it
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Hello,

I just bought a 325is 1987. I found a 89 325is engine, and was wondering on if it would be an easy swap over... I assume most of the components swap over. Does any one have any reccomendations / tips for this? I was planning on doing the swap this weekend... If someone has done this before, any tips or things you came across?

If someone has even pulled their engine, and reinstalled it, any tips on that would be cool to!

Thanks.
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Hello,

I just bought a 325is 1987. I found a 89 325is engine, and was wondering on if it would be an easy swap over... I assume most of the components swap over. Does any one have any reccomendations / tips for this? I was planning on doing the swap this weekend... If someone has done this before, any tips or things you came across?

If someone has even pulled their engine, and reinstalled it, any tips on that would be cool to!

Thanks.
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I just did that very same swap this past weekend. I was able to pull engine and transmission together. Label everything. The '89 has the coolant reservior on the opposite side of the '87 so you will have to figure out something there. Also the power brake vacuum hose needs to be longer (if you use the '89 rubber snorkel). I have a dilemma with mine... the '89 engine wiring harness has 4 more 'pins' or connections in it than the '87 harness. Can the '89 harness be used in the '87 without causing any problems? I'm trying to find that out. The physical swap is easy and a little messy. Good Luck. E-mail me at josephr39@hotmail.com if you have more questions.
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