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Old 12-27-2007, 05:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering guys, I can purchase a semi used motor at a local place where i live. 2002 325 e46 motor (Standard) Currently my car is a 2001 330ci auto, would it be worth swapping motors? Why ??? first i have quite a few miles on my car itself, Because its from the mainland. Now i live in hawaii. Swapping from auto to standard would it be hard? I know it will cost alot of money but i want to do this project. *NOTE* motor will only cost me $2gs (legit junkyard) Give me yur ups and downs on what you think about this. Also has anyone on this forum done this before???
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Shouldn't be THAT difficult, however, living on Hawaii certainly limits your options. Probably better to find something from the mainland. As far as the auto/manual swap. I'm sure it's been done. Bimmerforums might have more experience.
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How many miles do you have on the original engine? My engine has over 215,000 miles on it and is still going strong.
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I think he (or is it she?) is trying to go to a newer engine. I just want to make sure that it is necessary.
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How many miles do you have on the original engine? My engine has over 215,000 miles on it and is still going strong.

what year is your car..?
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have no idea why i put semi used! lol opps

Pretty new with bmws. what is the difference between the 330 and 325? i thought it was just interior wise...No?

year is a 2001 330ci
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The last two numbers generally have something to do with engine size, and therefore power. 325 is (usually) a 2.5L inline 6 cylinder, while a 330 is a 3L inline 6 cylinder.
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thanks for clearing that up! =) hmm then i shouldnt buy it... because i dont want to downgrade.
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another questions... im throwing a check engine light.... and it is the cam shaft sensor! how hard would it be to replace that sensor?

Will that sensor make my car turn off. Sometimes i have a hard time starting it and also... when i hit the accelerator the car bogs.. and dies out. would me fixing that fix that problem?
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I drive a 1996 328i (2.8 liter, 190 hp, 208 ft-lb).

The 330 has 3.0 liter 225 hp engine, while the 325 has a 2.5 liter 174 hp (I think) powerplant. There are other differences, but for the matter of an engine swap, I imagine this is all that concerns you.

I just noticed the question about the camshaft position snesor. Lots of folks replace these sensors and say it is not very hard. The problems that you mention could be linked to the sensor. Try taking care of this soon.

How many miles on your car?
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i have a 124k on the motor. Do you think you can tell me step by step what to do? or if anyone?
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i have a 124k on the motor. Do you think you can tell me step by step what to do? or if anyone?
my 330 has 132 thousand on it.

Only issues are non engine related. and it has had 75k mountain pass miles put on it.

Although it burns oil once in a blue moon. Think its actually the valve cover gasket.
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