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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-04-2011, 01:28 PM
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--Engine swap--

in the future i want to do a swap....i had my mind set for a e39 m5 motor and to do a smg tran but i was told it couldn't happen and i'm not dropping crazy money for a e60 m5 motor/tran so i'm left with a e46 m3 motor/smg or 540 motor/tran

which would ya'll do and what's the easiest and i know i'd need a ecu but if i go with the 540 do i need to change the cluster to a high obc? what else is involved?

another option is to turbo or s/c my 528i, lol
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:30 PM
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I would go with the SC on your car, or you could always upgrade to a M5.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:40 PM
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:43 PM
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I would go with the SC on your car, or you could always upgrade to a M5.
i honestly can't stand a manual so the m5 is out of the question....love the v8 grumble but want to do something that's simple and better for my pockets....no chevy will go inside my bmw, lol........
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:45 PM
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E36 M3 engine (S52) with OBD1 conversion and you can always supercharge that later.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:12 PM
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E36 M3 engine (S52) with OBD1 conversion and you can always supercharge that later.
that's not enough power for the headache...
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S/C E46 M3 with SMG... provided you know someone who can service the damned SMG.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:35 PM
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S/C E46 M3 with SMG... provided you know someone who can service the damned SMG.

(insert snarky comment about powerful cars and idiots who won't drive stick)
i have someone who can service it but heard back things about the e46m3 smg....

again i'm trying to do something that is somewhat cheap and less on the headache side....

theres some kid in my town that's made his car look like mine but his is a v8 540 and sounds great.,..mine sounds good but i love his sound although i get better mpg's , lol
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The cheapest and most reliable route is to sell your 528 and buy a 540.

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The cheapest and most reliable route is to sell your 528 and buy a 540.
I think this is probably true. You'd only be out the net difference between your selling price and the 540 purchase price--not that significant a dollar difference for the performance gain, and you wouldn't have to worry about the nightmare of mismatched parts that a conversion would require you to cobble together.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:22 PM
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i'd love to but i'm past that point.....too many mods on my 528 already and don't want to deal with the headache of swapping parts out....i guess s/c the 528 is the easy choice or maybe a turbo
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E36 M3 engine (S52) with OBD1 conversion and you can always supercharge that later.
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that's not enough power for the headache...
The S52 has great power IMO.
And sounds amazing..!

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i'd love to but i'm past that point.....too many mods on my 528 already and don't want to deal with the headache of swapping parts out....i guess s/c the 528 is the easy choice or maybe a turbo
S52 + turbo...
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:28 AM
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for a complete 540i swap you would need the following and maybe more IIRC:

The 6speed Transmission
The Pedal Assembly
The Pedal Switches
The Clutch and Flywheel
Clutch Master Slave cylinder and piping
Shifter kit
Drive shaft
Rear differential
Transmission Mounts
And any necessary Harnesses one might need.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:31 AM
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i think i will s/c it unless i find a hook up on the motor...

http://store.activeautowerke.com/act...r-kit-p84.aspx

not too bad....or my buddy and i might tackle on a s/c project....
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:55 AM
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:08 PM
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i saw it yesterday, there's been a few m5 guys that have talked badly about ess's products...

plus i think the s/c whine
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For the cross-link record, this thread should have some useful information:
- What engine combinations are known to work in the E39 when the need arises to replace
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