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Old 04-15-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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335 drivetrain in e46?

I know there is a guy on here that put a new m3 drive train in his e46, so I'm curious as to what it would take to put a 335's TT drive train in an e46, its an I6 so Im guessing space wouldn't be much of an issue? I'm sure there are more than a handful of totaled 335's out there now..
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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Im not 100% sure but I thought there was a guy here doing that swap too.
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Oh really? I'll do a search and see what I turn up
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:23 PM   #4
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Let us know what you find in your search...
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
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but, why??? sell your car, plus engine cost, plus the time you spend doing it (go work at walmart) and you'll have enough to buy a 335...

2005 325 + 335 Motor + wage earned working labor hours required = 2008 335i

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Old 04-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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but, why??? sell your car, plus engine cost, plus the time you spend doing it (go work at walmart) and you'll have enough to buy a 335...

2005 325 + 335 Motor + wage earned working labor hours required = 2008 335i

Why is QUITE simple anyone can get a 335, but how many people can say they transplanted a drivetrain into their e46?? Besides, I love my car to death, and the e46 bodystyle is my all time favorite! But the customization options for anything less than an m3 is complete and utter ****! SO, there you have it! Plus, time spent working on my own car is priceless!
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:53 PM   #7
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Why? Because some people still think the e90/e92 is ugly as hell, plus they are heavier than the E46, so my question is, why not? Well, besides that it'd be a lot more expensive than just going ESS TS2+ and calling it a day, winding up with more hp and torque.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:13 PM   #8
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Yeah but from what I've seen theres a lot you can do to unlock power in the engine of the 335, and I was considering using the engine and tranny out of the 335 in an e46, afterall, I do have a steptronic lol!
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Yeah but from what I've seen theres a lot you can do to unlock power in the engine of the 335, and I was considering using the engine and tranny out of the 335 in an e46, afterall, I do have a steptronic lol!
There really isn't a lot you can do, because, if I remember correctly, they don't make any different sized direct injectors for it, which means unless you want to convert to traditional fuel injection, you can kiss making power goodbye after a certain point. Direct injection is too new of a technology for there to be much aftermarket anyways. With a E46, as long as you have money and time to throw at it, the sky is the limit. Just look at pei330's M54 build, his motor is absolutely sick now.
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There really isn't a lot you can do, because, if I remember correctly, they don't make any different sized direct injectors for it, which means unless you want to convert to traditional fuel injection, you can kiss making power goodbye after a certain point. Direct injection is too new of a technology for there to be much aftermarket anyways. With a E46, as long as you have money and time to throw at it, the sky is the limit. Just look at pei330's M54 build, his motor is absolutely sick now.
I was referring to as far as tuning and upgrading the turbos ect.
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I was referring to as far as tuning and upgrading the turbos ect.
You run out of room to tune as you run out of fuel, you should know that, especially when considering tackling something of this magnitude.Upgrading the turbo will do you no good if you don't have the fuel to match. Is there even anyone making more than the 400 or so hp you get from chipping yet? I don't even keep up with the 335 modding.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:03 PM   #12
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I've heard that the swap would be a bit**, but possible. Personally, I want to throw the twin-turbo diesel from the new 335d/X5 35d in my wagon. 425lb-ft a torque, 40mpg hwy, 0-60 in under 6, and thats all without tuning. Good luck with your swap!
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theres a 335 motor for sale in classifieds
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #15
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thats gonna be PITA (almost as bad as the V8 swap), supercharge your 325 if you want more power
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:57 PM   #16
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hmm...

anything's possible with enough time and money. In the end, though, the money involved will be extravagent, and the return on it will be a frankencar that could never be sold.

unless You're planning on keeping this car forever (which I'm sure You think You are, but remember that everything gets old, and needs change), then it's not going to be worth it. Especially at a time like this, it's probably better to bank that money.

But hey, Your money, Your car, do with it what You will, but remember that You'll need a lot more than just a motor, transmission, and ECU
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Its gonna be a lot of wiring, all of which will be custom. Talk about a pain in the butt!
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I understand the enthusiasm for a project like that and am very interested in seing it, but not only will the money and work involved be higher than simply swapping your E46 for the E9* version.... your resale value of the "modded" E46 will be down in the cellar too.

But as long as you're aware of all this, you should be golden
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I read somewhere a guy was doing a E36 compact with a 335's turbo motor and 6-speed manual. That should be pretty cool for hp/weight ratio.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:32 AM   #20
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2005 325 + 335 Motor + wage earned working labor hours required = 2008 335i
Oh I'd say probably even close to a 2008 M3
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