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Old 01-14-2005, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i know a guy working at a local junkyard and i can get either a 92 non-vanos engine or a 93 vanos engine for relatively cheap. i would prefer the vanos engine because of the parts availability being greater. if i went that route i would get the engine with all accessories still bolted on, an un-cut harness, and the ecu. now is there anything else i might need for that swap? such as gauge cluster, or who knows what else?? any info you guys have or links (besides search, i did. it didnt work too well) would be great. thanks in advance.
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, if you're going through the hassle of replacing an engine atleast got for a m3 engine It's really not worth it for such a very small gain!
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Silverstreak... This is a help/tech forum... please.. if your going to post in another persons topic... please make sure you are helping and giving information... if your not doing so... dont do it.. or your posts will be deleted and you will be warned.

As for your 92 325i.... the way I see it.. is.. as long as you are not changing OBD systems... which your not.. if you stick with a pre 95 or so ECU.. you should be find with your other parts... just make sure you get the engine with all of the accessories on there including the un-cut harness... that is the important part...

Good Luck and I'm sure there are others on this forum that could help you beter.. but thats what I know off of the top of my head..

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You need the 93 ECU. Everything else is the same.
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Old 01-15-2005, 08:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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why spend a couple grand on an M3 engine from who knows where, when i can go personally pick a 2.5l engine for a couple hundred? i also like the idea of keeping a 2.5l engine and building it to show that more than the M3 can be fast.

anywho, i plan on pulling the engine i decide to get and completely building it before dropping it in. i figured if i got the harness and ECU along with all the accessories, i would be fine as far as the swap goes. the VANOS will be give me a little edge and there's a lot more available parts for it.

if any one else has anything else to add, please do.
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