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Old 03-07-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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04 325i engine swap

Hi, I have a 04 BMW 325i with bad engine. I bought a used engine out a running wrecked car. Same year different model I just found out there are two engines for that year. I see the intake is different. One is stamped with an N the other with a K. One of the engines has a plastic valve cover one I think is metal or aluminum. Can the intakes be swapped. Bolt pattern looks to be the same. Long blocks look the same. Help would appreciated. Thanks, new to the BMW world.
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Old 03-07-2017, 03:40 PM   #2
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Should have probably just bought a 1J or 2JZ engine. Lol a lot of people regret buying the original BMW engine and then look for mods

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Old 03-07-2017, 05:07 PM   #3
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Not looking for mods, just want to know if long block on m54 and m56 engines are the same. And if I can use m56 valve cover, intake, etc on m54 long block.
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Old 03-08-2017, 02:57 AM   #4
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Not looking for mods, just want to know if long block on m54 and m56 engines are the same. And if I can use m56 valve cover, intake, etc on m54 long block.
I won't act like I know about technicalities even remotely. I'm pretty knew to the engine styles too. Can't be of much help sorry! Hopefully this *bump* can help you find someone more knowledgeable.

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