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Old 07-31-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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The shop that does the s54/6 spd swap...What shop?

Ive read on the forum somewhere in the past there is a shop i think in new york or somewhere on the east cost that will do the s54/6spd swap for around 8 grand.

seems like a good option for my 330i rather than buy an m3. anyone know the name and location of this shop?
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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Stookin, I would not recommend spending the time and money for an S54 Swap. There are a lot of shops around the WHOLE USA that can do the swap. I actually think you'll be better off in the West Coast. A lot more bimmers out there than here in the East. A 2001 330i is worth about $10,000 if it has under 100,000 miles + 8,000 of the motor swap you were planning on spending, and that's $18,000. More than enough to find a a great deal on a 04-06 M3. Plus you get better handling, better suspension, better interior, and the mindset of owning a genuine M.

If not, you can easily get an Mtech 2 kit, upgrade all of your maintenance items, exhaust, chip, intake and a lot of other mods...all under $5,000 and still have just as much fun as an M.

I would consider those two options.
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Stookin, I would not recommend spending the time and money for an S54 Swap. There are a lot of shops around the WHOLE USA that can do the swap. I actually think you'll be better off in the West Coast. A lot more bimmers out there than here in the East. A 2001 330i is worth about $10,000 if it has under 100,000 miles + 8,000 of the motor swap you were planning on spending, and that's $18,000. More than enough to find a a great deal on a 04-06 M3. Plus you get better handling, better suspension, better interior, and the mindset of owning a genuine M.

If not, you can easily get an Mtech 2 kit, upgrade all of your maintenance items, exhaust, chip, intake and a lot of other mods...all under $5,000 and still have just as much fun as an M.

I would consider those two options.
For $5,000 on a non-M you won't get an M performance wise, and if you want an M motor/driveline in the first place you just made the swap sound not so bad.

Secondly, there are no great E46 M3s, especially 04-06s for under 20k. Maybe an 01-03 in pretty nice shape overall for $18k, but not an 04-06. And don't link me to some stupid example ads of a perdyy looking car from CL or cars.com, it doesn't prove anything.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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For $5,000 on a non-M you won't get an M performance wise, and if you want an M motor/driveline in the first place you just made the swap sound not so bad.

Secondly, there are no great E46 M3s, especially 04-06s for under 20k. Maybe an 01-03 in pretty nice shape overall for $18k, but not an 04-06. And don't link me to some stupid example ads of a perdyy looking car from CL or cars.com, it doesn't prove anything.
M3 Market is absolutely horsesh1t
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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coming from someone who spent 3 months looking....any m3 in good condition is going to be 4-6k above that price AT LEAST.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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coming from someone who spent 3 months looking....any m3 in good condition is going to be 4-6k above that price AT LEAST.
Really? I've seen a couple steals in the past couple months
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coming from someone who spent 3 months looking....any m3 in good condition is going to be 4-6k above that price AT LEAST.
All it takes is 5 minutes of searching to realize that you won't get an E46 M3 worth the buy for under $23-$25k.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #8
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coming from someone who spent 3 months looking....any m3 in good condition is going to be 4-6k above that price AT LEAST.
Not if you live in florida like me. 1 in 10 cars is a bmw and the m3 is a civic around here. I can pick up a pre 03 m3 for 12k with 80k miles or so in good shape. If the market is saturated with the same product prices go down. Common sense. Miami/ tampa are loaded with m3's as well. People wont even look twice if you roll by in a bimmer around here let alone any european luxury car.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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well heres where i am at. my 01 330i has 155k on it right now. here in vegas its worth about 6500-7000 with the mileage its at. its either sell the 330i and put it towards an m car or keep my car and do the swap. my thought process behind the swap is. i know my car. i know what i have. i like having a sedan and the looks of a sedan. i know what has been done. im up on all my maintenance minus a diff service. suspension has been upgraded. done all the m3 and m tech 2 goodies. and a swap is about half and or a little less than an m car. and i can have all the fun and performance in my sleeper sedan and keep my car still knowing what i have.

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Price depends on the condition and mileage of your original engine/transmission, as they keep those components.
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Price depends on the condition and mileage of your original engine/transmission, as they keep those components.
you might as well take a snit and put it on top of your engine.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:46 PM   #13
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330i + S54 != M3
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nope as in agree with me?
cuz != means NOT EQUAL TO.
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Nice try, but no it doesn't.
You should look it up before you open your mouth and make yourself look like an idiot.

In the vast majority of computer languages the sign for not equal to is != this is so widely used in computer science it is now moved out into normal life and can be seen any number of place.... wikipedia for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equals_sign#Not_equal

As for an engine swap, swaping an S54 into a 330 doesn't make an M3 its makes a faster 330 that no will ever buy from you.
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Instead of going through all this mess just go FI. Makes it easier on you when you sell the car.
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