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Old 06-27-2011, 03:41 AM   #1
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which car to put an s52 engine on?

so i was thinking i have 30k to buy a car, i was looking at something such as an e30 with an s52 or possible e46 if possible, the only condition is that it has to not break down/ need too much money spent on it besides regular service since im using all my money, what would you recommend i could get for 30k, i have no skills in putting cars together so buying separate parts might cost more to get them installed etc..
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:26 AM   #2
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something like that
http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/...ode%20matchany
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:22 AM   #3
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s52 is a waste do some research before you make a thread. s54 makes more sense
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:05 AM   #4
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A. why would you put a motor from an e36 into the body of an e46? Why not just use the s54 like ^ he said?
B. You have no mechanical skills but you want a massively technical project car?

It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me bud.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:08 AM   #5
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Depends. How much does the S52 weigh? And how much weight can a car roof support? (assuming you're putting the engine on the roof)
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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No point in swapping an S52 into an e46. Electronics are too different for it to be an easy swap, it weighs a good bit more than an M54b30, and it barely makes any more power.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:13 PM   #7
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s52 is a waste do some research before you make a thread. s54 makes more sense
i only have 30k and i live in australia were they are hard to find.. so buying a car+ an s54 + having someone install it for me would be greater than 30k??
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im using all my money
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Buy a 10k car.. Save your money/ use it towards a house/ start a business/etc
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was that 30K USD or Australian?

If it is 30K, you could use it as a down payment on an investment property that could easily net $500-$1000 per month. Use that money to finance a newer car. Your 30K just became an asset that has the potential to appreciate and in value and generate cash flow.
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I don't know how things go down in Australia, but if I had $30k and no other restrictions (i.e. need for investement, education, snow-car, four-doors, back seat, wagon etc) then I'd be looking for a Porsche Cayman S.
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was that 30K USD or Australian?
30k australian
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just by a e46 M3
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #15
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just by a e46 M3
if only... it has to be a p plate legal car, meaning generally less then 8 cylinder and no turbo, it excludes some cars though such as the M3
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Only car the swap makes sense for is E30. Also, don't swap an S54 into an E46. You'll inevitably do a hack job. Sell your 46 and buy an M3. It's likely the cheaper option and you'll get a properly assembled car.
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