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#1 (permalink) Old 10-12-2004, 07:38 PM
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so my brother's friend has a m3 engine with transmission and computer sitting in his garage.. im not sure what year it is but im positive its no older than a 97 and has less than 50k miles on it.. he said he'll sell it to me for $2000.
right now i have a nissan maxima but i've always loved bmws... should i get a salvaged, stripped, or theft recovery 3 or 5 series and pay my brother's friend (who is a bmw mechanic) to swap the engines?
if it'll work perfectly, what models are best for it?
if i buy a bimmer with a good engine, how much could i get for the engine after i swap them? lets say an engine, tranny and computer with 110k-180k miles?
any other info that could help me make the decision?
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Probably look to buy an M3 with a million miles on it = real cheap...then do the swap...thats what i would do...then part out the original engine and make a few bucks.

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Well if you get a salvaged, stripped, or theft recovery car, try to get an actual M3. The suspension is much better than any other 3-series. Other than that, i think any three series will fit the engine, but may just require a few more modifications. And I'm not sure about a 5 series, maybe someone else will know about that. But good luck! And if you do continue with this project, keep us informed!

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