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Old 04-29-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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FS: M54 3.0l Full Engine and accessories

This is a full M54 3.0l from a 330i. It is fully accessorized (all ancillaries, intake manifold, engine harness, MS43 DME, etc).

The block has had the bolt holes stripped out. Very common issue on the M54. The common fix is to thread cert.

I am willing to sell as a long block, short block, full motor, or begin parting out.

They seem to go on ebay for around $3,000 to $3,500 non-rebuilt, right out of a car. I am asking only $2,000 plus shipping/freight for everything.

Email or PM for more details or inquires. Open to offers also.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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ok. im interested in this. im just confused with the issue of the bolt holes... can you link me to a thread explaining this??

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Old 04-29-2009, 11:33 PM   #3
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ok. im interested in this. im just confused with the issue of the bolt holes... can you link me to a thread explaining this??

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The motor was over-heated. When this occurs, it is common for the bolt holes for the head bolts to strip out on the block. The head has been checked. The only thing the motor needs for reinstall is to be taken to a machine shop and have the head bolt threads thread-certed. There is actually a BMW tool to have this done.

If you go here:

Baum Tools

Download the BMW catalog and look at page 3; you will see tool B115000.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:36 PM   #4
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ok ill knkow what im doing for sure with the car by the end of the month. so im going to tlk to my mechanic and if he gives me a thumbs up, then i might snatch this from you... because i money shifted mine.. cracked 3 pistons and bent most valves.. so im in need of a new motor.. but im not sure what im doing yet, ill let you knoe
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:39 AM   #5
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OK. Let me know. I am somewhat flexable on price and will pull ancillaries off that you do not need. The cost of fixing this will not be bad and I have a HG for it too.
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Uhm, not to rain on anyone's aprade here... but an M54 overheated to the point of stripping the head bolts out is done. Bes tot part it out in that this case. You can do a time cert repair, but the metal around the threads could be stressedd to the point that it'll just fail again in the future. The head is probably warped as well.

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Uhm, not to rain on anyone's aprade here... but an M54 overheated to the point of stripping the head bolts out is done. Bes tot part it out in that this case. You can do a time cert repair, but the metal around the threads could be stressedd to the point that it'll just fail again in the future. The head is probably warped as well.
Well thanks.

The head is verified true. The stripping happened to a FEW bolts holes upon reassembly, not like it stripped while the car overheated. This is a VERY common issue and is why such tools even exist. Thread certing a motor should have not long term affects as long as it is properly done. It is done on race motors and FI builds all the time to take the additional strain from additional load on the fasteners.
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