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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 08-29-2012, 09:58 PM
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ENGINE R&R help...

Grabbed a 1999 BMW 528iT wagon over the weekend. Bought it for less than most people make in one day with average wages......

Head gasket is FRIED, so thinking of doing an engine swap. I notice that the 99 has an aluminum block and the double VANOS timing system......

I put some want ads out there and I get some replies about the 328i engine will work if I switch the oil pan, then another reply said stick with the exact engine......

Came here looking for some solid advice....anybody with knowledge tell me whats best??

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:22 PM
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Came here looking for some solid advice....anybody with knowledge tell me whats best?
Start with these threads:
- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to test an engine for a blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, stripped head bolt threads, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & what are the major factors in deciding whether to rebuild the engine, replace the engine, or sell the car (1) & a DIY for replacing the I6 M54 head gasket (1) (2) & replacing the V8 M62TU head gasket (1) & why these engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & the most recent real-world results from the last 50 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) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) (37) (38) (39) (40) (41) (42) (43) (44) (45) (46) (47) (48) (49) (50)
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:21 AM
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