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#1 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 11:00 AM
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last week my head gasket blew and my head is possibly warped so now i'm wondering if i should pay the the big bucks just to repair it or should i just buy a used engine and drop that in?...i'm thinking of buying the used engine and rebuilding it from the bottom end up with aftermarket performance parts (bmpd etc) does anybody have any idea what my final cost would be or links to any how-to's?
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ask you mechanic who the best rebuild shops are in/around your area. Go to them, find out what a rebuild, port, polish, and bore job would cost. Not only would the engine be like new, but it would have more power than when it was new. all of this can be had for roughly 2-3k. A strict rebuild without the other fun stuff would be closer to 1k.

A swap is a good chioce if you can find out the histroy of that motor. You could buy one, then have the head gasket blow after two weeks. You are looking at 1000-2500 for the engine and install.

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I think there is a how to or a FAQS on how to remove your own kidney and sell it on the black market. I should help you offset the cost of the repair.
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cool; thanks for the info

pres do you have any links of used engines online? i have this cherry auto one back at my place but they don't give you any info other than the mileage
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i think theres one called bavarianengineexchange.com that is supposed to be good.

Gimme a sec and I'll find the right one.

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http://www.bavengine.com/

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The only thing with them is you are buying a rebuilt engine to swap, so the prices are a little higher.

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Bav Engine Exchange is up here in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento. I worked a few blocks down the street from this place. Good people. Very knowledgable. Just my 2 cents
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do those prices seem reasonable? (i have no idea...)
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instead of a complete valve job & tune-up on my 94 325is, which i was quoted 2200+++, i opted for a used engine which i have had 0 problems w/for $3000. included were new hoses/thermostat, lt. wt. flywheel, clutch, mounts, larger cc injectors, new fluids, and a kiss on the cheek because i thought i was getting bent over. i was wrong. its even better.

the engine had 12000 miles on it! (checked on carfax.com)
where r u from, i can find used engines very easily/ cheap/ andtrustworthy.

90 day warranty. it sounds low, but if its gonna break it will in less that that.
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well since i've got some cash...and i love my car i'm going with the bavengine performance engine; since the car itself is in such good shape and i got the car for next to nothing, once the engine is all said and done i'll have 6 grand, or 6 and half or so in the car (including maintence, and mods) which is still less than it blue books for and i don't know, many will say its not worth it but once the engines in and i'm done i'll have a bit more power and a great car


i'm rambling, its late, i haven't slept in days but its cool

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Rebuilds? what are they actually doing/replacing etc. replace all valves and springs? port and polish the heads?....what about the bottom end do they take out the crank rods and pistons too. Or do they just clean up the head only? TIA...................

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Rebuilt preformance M3 engine for $6.6K? They even have diffs and drivelines so I can get almost the whole engine swap deal from them + an LSD... Tight.
http://bavengine.com/engine.html
I'm interested in these guys...

Shipping cost would eat me alive though.. California to North carolina... 2,500 miles.


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plans changed, i ended up getting a deal for a reman bmw engine (through the dealer - i've got a buddy so the price worked out) they initially told me there was no core charge but after the new engine came in they were about to send my core in....since it was a misunderstanding i got them to also give me my old block; so this is now becoming quite a project.

my plans are to buy a performance head since the old one was warped to shit, and then have this block bored out, ported and polished, have the bottom end balanced etc. and rebuild with high performance parts; all over time as i get money and while still being able to drive the bimmer


i'm happy, but now my research begins...i've found a local machine shop that does reputable work so the block work is going to be done there but as for parts i need recomendations; i know autotechnica recommends bmp parts but if i could honestly get a list going of specific parts from specific companies or even just advice tha'd be real cool; the plan for now is to stick n/a but that may change

it seems like every time i come on here i type a book but bear with me, haha

thanks for the help so far.
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