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Old 12-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by hassmaschine View Post
the water pump was just one example. main bearings, valve adjustments, VANOS, etc etc. the M52B32 (haha) isn't without it's problems, but they're generally less expensive problems.

I like both as I said, and I'd prefer the S54 anyway, even with the costs associated with it. I'm just saying, even though the S54 is better, the S52 is not without merit.
S52 has oil pump nut resulting in complete engine failure (my brother lost his s52 that way) and failing VANOS seals. But I really meant total cost of e46 M3 ownership vs total cost of e36 ownership rather than engines specifically.

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