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Old 06-02-2004, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is USUALLY cheaper to do? Have your engine rebuilt or do an engine swap to a m3 or 328i or even just purchasing another 325i? I know it probably depends on who is doing the work but in general.
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rebuild is normaly cheaper.
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Old 06-02-2004, 02:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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on what grounds? I've seen m3 engines on ebay for 3gs? how much do they typically cost to rebuild?
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like 1-2gs for rebuilds.

of course that depends on where you take it....

but 3gs for a m3 engine is good. but your gonna need/want more hardware to go with it.
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but your gonna need/want more hardware to go with it.
like a transmission, driveline, rear diff, bigger engine\tranny mounts, beefier suspinsion in the front, maybe bigger brakes to help out
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supension upfront should be fine stock.... engines should be close enough in weight to not be a problem... the supsnsion upgrade is more of a must for 318s...
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well I've already got the tranny from a m3 and i was planning on getting a m3 lsd soon too. so I should be pretty much set. I already had new good racing brakes. thanks for the help fellas...
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Ok. then go for the m3 engine.
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Depending on where you go and what engine, you can get a rebuild for as little as 500.
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$500 bones.......???? where tell meeeeeh!! I'd like to know. What consist of rebuilding vs. remanufactured. How come port and polishing is like almost a grand?...........
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i don't know what kind of job the shops do, but if you look in the yellow pages of your phone book you will find tons of places that "rebuild" the engine dirt cheap. Rebuilding is simply replacing the internal parts.

Remanufacturing, often labled as rebuilding, includes honing the cylinder walls, plaining are surfaces so they are flush, and truely making the engine new again. A rebuilt engine will have another 50k or so of life, whereas a remanufactured will live up to 200 or more if taken care of. That also explains why porting/polishing is more.
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For a 1992 325is... whats the rebuild like. i got 170k miles on mine and even though the car is running like a frieking champ with very few probs.... i was wondering about later if the engine .... goes out? lol but i was thinking ill just rebuild it and keep my upgraded car rather then starting all over again. With the rebuild do you need other compnents like computer, tranny.... or ne thing else. I am a complete noob when it comes to engine stuff.

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I just read pres's post as i hit my other reply.... i would definately do remanufactured then.. whats that consist of and the price and parts?

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i don't know what kind of job the shops do, but if you look in the yellow pages of your phone book you will find tons of places that "rebuild" the engine dirt cheap. Rebuilding is simply replacing the internal parts.

Remanufacturing, often labled as rebuilding, includes honing the cylinder walls, plaining are surfaces so they are flush, and truely making the engine new again. A rebuilt engine will have another 50k or so of life, whereas a remanufactured will live up to 200 or more if taken care of. That also explains why porting/polishing is more.
I consider that to be part of rebuilding an engine. You take it apart and mesure every piece and make sure it's the size it's supposed to be and fits how and where it's supposed to, make sure everything lines up ect ect. If some one competent works on your engine it's not gonna be $500. It's gonna be 1.5-2 g's. It's like paint. Don't go cheap.
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well I've already got the tranny from a m3 and i was planning on getting a m3 lsd soon too. so I should be pretty much set. I already had new good racing brakes. thanks for the help fellas...
.....need a euro spec M3 engine (321HP)?............ ~4k
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