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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 07-21-2011, 06:15 AM
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So I need a new engine on a 01 530ia any thoughts. Should or can I place an e60 engine in it?
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:31 PM
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So I need a new engine
There's a thread for that where you might add value:
- What E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1)

BTW, did your old engine overheat?
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:47 PM
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Yes but it was because the radiator failed
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:31 PM
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Sad to hear that.

If you HAD browsed the forum prior to your purchase then you would know that a cooling overhaul will prevent this catastrophic engine failure.

I'd replace with the same engine (M54) so it matches with the ECU etc.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:01 PM
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If your going to do used, I would go with bavarian auto recycling. Only deal with Joe though. HE was great when my trans. Decided to die.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:12 PM
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Yes but it was because the radiator failed
Actually, it was two things (most catastrophes are rarely singular):
  1. The radiator blew (it happens to all of us)
  2. The driver, unfortunately, drove the engine 1 mile too far
As Cam said, we're all very sorry to hear that. We hear of a blown engine due to the cooling system failing & the driver still driving it about once a week nowadays. It's so very sad to see this happen.

Anyway, we assembled these threads to give people like you a head start on the solution. We ask that you, in return, add value to these threads .... BECAUSE ...

Because there will be people in the future, just like you, whom it happens to ...

So we want YOU to help THEM with your experience .

Start here:
- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & a well researched reusable response to a particular user with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28).
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:25 PM
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need a new engine on a 01 530ia
Doing some research to see why a simple radiator leak (which we've all had) would destroy the engine, I find belatedly the OP apparently is referring to his thread on 7/10/2011:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Help

Where the OP relates the sad story:

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Car overheating, replaced radiator, water pump, fan, the pulley snapped but before it did white smoke came out the exhaust, there is no oil in the radiator nor fluid in the oil. The Cvv had residue .... So before I replace everything again how else to check to see If the head gasket is blown??
Edjack, to his credit, was the only one to help out (suggesting a compression test).

Presumably the OP did that compression test ... however, what still confuses me is the post by the OP only 5 days later on 7/15/2011:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Engine mods

Where the OP seems to sincerely ask:
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What can I do or replace to increase my hp and torque on a e39 530i 2001. I just did a coolant over haul and replace ccv, head gasket, upper and lower control arms.
Regarding Cam's suggestion to replace like with like, it seems that the OP has, in his heart, a hankering for a bigger engine perhaps?
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:12 AM
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So I need a new engine on a 01 530ia any thoughts. Should or can I place an e60 engine in it?
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Regarding Cam's suggestion to replace like with like, it seems that the OP has, in his heart, a hankering for a bigger engine perhaps?
Depending what year, early e60s have the exact same engine (M54) as the MY 01-03 e39(my brother in law has an e60). But Cam's suggestion to match ECU is good. I don't know if there were any electronic changes with the e60's M54.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:26 AM
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Actually the engine's horse power was fine, seeing how I was replacing the motor I was merely seeing what, if anything, I could do. I purchase a E39 3.0 motor for 2500... Installing it shortly after it's cleaned...
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