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Old 09-25-2013, 06:14 PM   #61
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Does your car have a coolant temp. gauge?
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #62
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damn, that was the original engine. I'm finding plenty of 530i m54b30's but no 330s.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:42 PM   #63
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damn, that was the original engine. I'm finding plenty of 530i m54b30's but no 330s.
That engine be just fine. Bmw put the same engine in several models, 3 & 5 series, z3/4, etc.

If you are still looking for a shop, call b&d automotive in bensenville. Ben is one of the best bmw mechanics around. He may or may not have or be able to locate an engine for you.

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Old 09-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #64
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Re: Today was a bad day......blew up engine 330CI m54b30

Also, I'm a little confused on the timeline. You bought the car from the previous owner because he didn't want to pay to have it repaired from the overheat? That was back in July, and you have been driving it since then without repairing it?

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #65
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The previous owner, whom I know very well was having stalling issues. He brought it in to have a "revamp". They changed many suspension components, camshaft sensor, radiator hoses, etc. By the time I got it, there was the slight click of a cylinder rod. I brought it to BMW to have an Oil & Coolant change, and they said the car looked very clean. The coolant held well without leakage and the engine only leaked oil very slowly out of the oilpan. I asked about the noise, but the mechanic said "that's just how these cars sound.

The oil change helped quiet the noise, but as I drove it, I knew she was whipping quick.....but was missing power. I went easy on her for the most part. She started to feel healthy again. It was an illusion. When the air cooled, the noise came back in full force. I was on my way to the suburbs on a sunday to open my hood to inspect noise/ vacuum system. The noise increased exponentially on the highway until a rattle, at which point I was drifting onto off ramp with engine & power steering off. Clank clank, hole in block. The bearings were shreaded. I'm a dumb ass for not knowing, but I would have never realized bearings are a "somewhat" easy fix compared to this $$$$$
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #66
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are you sure the radiator is the same between the 2001 530 & 2001 330?
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:23 PM   #67
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are you sure the radiator is the same between the 2001 530 & 2001 330?
No, the radiator may not be the same, but that is a relatively cheap part, and you can either reuse your old one or buy a new one. The engine itself is what you need

Edit: call b&d automotive and see what they say. I think that will be the best place to start.

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #68
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Did you check out car-part.com for a used engine? I am in Chicagoland and have been to a number of these yards. Some decent engines for $1600, plus you have a donor engine for additional parts.
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damn, that was the original engine. I'm finding plenty of 530i m54b30's but no 330s.
An m54b30 in a 530i will be the same as a 330i m54b30 engine. You will just transfer specific 330i parts to your new engine if you use a non 330i engine. You may have to switch out the oil pan, and other accessories.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:35 PM   #70
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If you are still looking for a shop, call b&d automotive in bensenville. Ben is one of the best bmw mechanics around. He may or may not have or be able to locate an engine for you
I was going to make the same recommendation. Call Ben and talk to him about the car. He is one of the best around. PM me for his number if you are not able to find it online.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #71
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I was going to make the same recommendation. Call Ben and talk to him about the car. He is one of the best around. PM me for his number if you are not able to find it online.
I should clarify that the above & my recommendation is assuming you are planning to pay someone to fix the car for you.

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Today was a bad day......blew up engine 330CI m54b30

She's aliveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

New Motor, new water pump, new thermostat, new plugs, new CCV hoses, new DISA.........

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Glad you decided to fix her up and put her back on the road. Looks way too clean to part out.
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Hope the expansion tank was replaced???
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