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Old 02-27-2009, 01:23 AM   #1
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has anyone acomplished an e46 engine swap on here?

well insted of payin 4 the nice insurance of an m3 i've been looking into "simply" taking an s54 engine and putting it into my e46. but is there anyone on here that has ACTUALLY done it? well any engine not just an m3. possibly a v8? i mean u always see these engine swaps on simple e30's but never on e46
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:28 AM   #3
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Yes, it has been done. But the cost of it and complexity is immense. On e30's it's a piece of cake and a good mechanic with someone to help can do it in a weekend. But on the E46, the electrical systems make it extremely difficult. For the time and money to do such a project, you could but an M3 and save up the next few years of insurance money.

If you want more info, search the Showroom Forum for MITE46's M3 S54 swap into a sedan.

EDIT: Here is the link, check it out for more info http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=176943
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:39 AM   #4
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If you thought the insurance was going to be bad on the M3, wait until you tell them you've chucked the engine out of one into a regular E46. I'd be surprised if they insured you at all, let alone for less than a stock M3.
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and more money/time than its worth, just buy an M.
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lol im probably gonna end up buyin an M. god so much money i put into my e46 though
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My good friend and BMW Tech recently swapped the whole Bottom End of an E46 M3 into his E46 328i, if that helps.
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somebody was doing an LS1 swap... now THAT"s badass
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well insted of payin 4 the nice insurance of an m3 i've been looking into "simply" taking an s54 engine and putting it into my e46. but is there anyone on here that has ACTUALLY done it? well any engine not just an m3. possibly a v8? i mean u always see these engine swaps on simple e30's but never on e46
Someone, I can't remember their name BUT I do remember that they're from Malaysia. They Had a E46, and swapped in a 2JZGTE. Look em up. I've been looking into a few 2JZ engines after I read about that.
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Someone, I can't remember their name BUT I do remember that they're from Malaysia. They Had a E46, and swapped in a 2JZGTE. Look em up. I've been looking into a few 2JZ engines after I read about that.


That would be me.
Lotsa answer about safety issues from the rest in my thread.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=946231

it's doable. I'm not the first. some dude in Florida, and a pro drifter in finland, and another one in indonesia. they drop in without problems.
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o would just invest into buying an m3 bro :/ not worth the money
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