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Old 09-10-2003, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here goes the question, the car is a 1993 318i which had 170,000 kms before the engine blew (oil drained out, someone tried to drive it, i was away @ school, end of story)

My question to you all is this, is it worth it for me to swap a 95 325i engine w/34,000 kms in by doing most of my own work ?

I know this much, engine mount points are the same location, different mounts though
exhaust system needs to be completely changed. which is fine as I will go aftermarket right away
tranny I can keep, and mine is in pretty good condition, rear end is smaller, but will be able to handle power (as stated by a BMW mechanic)

The engine is complete with alternator, fuel pump, ac compressor, and manifolds, etc. Engien wiring harness is also included, price = 2500 CDN +tax = about 1850 US

My other option is trying to find a decent mileage 318i motor, it's an m42 that's in mine, not the m40 or m43, as I've only been able to find the 318i with either of those 2 motors

How's the body you say ?..it had the rear subframe failure, that is fixed (too much money) Perfect exterior good to great interior. M3 oem lux package, 17" racing dynamics rims, or would you say I sell the car and see what i can get for it ?

LMK on options, and if there's anything else I'm missing for the swap, LMK

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Old 09-10-2003, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i can go ahead and tell you that you wont get a whole lot for a '93 318i with a blown engine. so you should probably go ahead and get the engine unless you want to see what you could get out of the car first.
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Old 09-10-2003, 03:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea, that's what I pretty much figure myself, the only thing is, which engine ?..
is it really worth the extra money and headache required in putting the 325i motor in ?
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depends on whether or not you have the time and patience to do it
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Old 09-10-2003, 04:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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time and patience I do believe i have, patience in that my car's been off the road for a year, time because I'm pretty sure I'll have a beater car to drive till it's fixed
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go for it then man sounds like a perfect time to throw more displacement in there
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