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Old 01-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Engine Removal BMW 323ci

I would like to know if anyone knows if the tranny must come out to remove the engine. I have a 2000 323ci. Any info is appreciated. Also if there is anyone near Lake City, Gainesville area that don't mind taking a ride out to Live Oak to help out let me know.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:07 AM   #2
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It is not required to remove the transmission along with the engine. I've done it, and found out it's more difficult to pull just the engine then pull them both and then disconnect them.

Pulling just the engine : 2 shock mount bolts & 8ish transmission and starter bolts, various linkages, hoses, wires.
You have to find a way to get to the rear-top of the engine, like dropping the front subframe out and lowering the engine- involves pulling the entire front suspension. Once disconnected, the transmission needs to be supported so it doesn't tear uP the mounts. Disconnect the ECM harness from it's box, keep it on the engine... It's easier then figuring out where plugs go.

Option 2: Engine & Transmission - 2 bolts for engine mounts, 4 bolts for transmission mount bracket, various linkages, hoses, wires. Once everything is disconnected, the assembly is loose and can be lifted out. It's easier to disconnect them where there is alot more room to work.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for that insight....you are a lifesaver
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