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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-26-2010, 11:13 PM   #1
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335xi motor swap?

Would a 335xi motor and tranny fit in a 2001 e46 330xi car?
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:02 AM   #2
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:28 AM   #4
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:41 AM   #6
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 AM   #7
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:36 AM   #8
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:48 AM   #9
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:17 AM   #11
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:21 AM   #12
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Would a 335xi motor and tranny fit in a 2001 e46 330xi car?
To be more kind to your question...

Would it fit, maybe. It would take a lot of creative work and a lot of fabrication to make it fit.

Would it work, absolutely not.

Solution: Sell the E46, buy an E92 335i/xi (or the 335i xdrive as they call it now ).
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:31 PM   #13
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throw an ls2 motor out of a trailblazer SS into it...it has the same hole in the oil pan for the AWD LOL here is a pic.

probably just as much work and way more power
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:16 PM   #14
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Do a 330xd conversion from the 330xi while you are at it as well!
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:33 PM   #15
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Since we're on this, why not an E60 M5 V10??? AND!!! Convert the oil pan for xi use. PWNAGE!!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:36 PM   #16
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then Twinturbo it, and supercharge as well.. just for fun

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Old 12-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #18
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The engine electronics would go berserk if it physically fit.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #19
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You would also need to swap over that whole drivetrain. Doubt the e46 axles would fit the e90 tranny/diffs. Just be happy you have a better looking car

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Old 01-01-2011, 04:37 PM   #20
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I've seen an E30 with a S85 in it. So anything's possible, but not if you're wallet isn't big enough.
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