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Old 04-08-2010, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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530i 540i conversion/ head replacement

i have a 95 530i with 175k on it. the motor has a bad lifter and blown head gasket. i am ontemplating replaing the head gasket and lifter (if i can figure otu which head and lifter is the problem, do you know how?). i am very mechanically inclined has build a hand fullof transmissions and engine work but never a bmw before. based on the amount of work which i do have time and the cost of parts i am wondering if it would be easier to put a used motor in from a 530i or a 540i motor. if i put a 540 motor in what would i need to do, are the computers and wires the same, mounting, ect. its an automatic by the way. so any input on doing a head job, replacing the motor, or dropping in a 540i motor would be great.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Replacing the motor is by far the easiest and less time consuming.
95 525i 5 speed 5/94,
94 540it built 3/93, converted to 6 speed w/a 93 e32 M60 engine
01 540it, 6/01
03 325i, 9/02
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since you have a 95, you will need to do the EWS delete when using the M60B40 DME (from a 94). You will have to watch your right foot with the automatic tranny since the B40 has a different and stronger automatic transmission.
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