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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-08-2013, 04:51 PM
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I haven't had alot of time to mess with the car this week. Today though I got to looking at the rear folding seat in the 02 and decided to put it in the 01. Took some measurements and started cutting. Made some bracing and got everything put back together. Took a before and after picture.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:43 AM
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Get a 2.5 liter engine (M54 B25) from one of the following:
2001 to 2005 325i sedan (E46)
2001 to 2006 325i coupé (E46)
2001 to 2003 525i sedan (E39)

What, are wagon engines not good enough for you!?
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:05 AM
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Will you consider shipping me the rain gutters from the donor car if you don't need them? The ones on the rear door? Just the last section. As well as the sun visor clips? Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:11 AM
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What, are wagon engines not good enough for you!?
Sorry, that was an oversight on my part. Wagons are really rare, especially non-AWD versions, so finding one in a junkyard may be a challenge. An AWD (Xi) engine could work, but the oil pan would have to be replaced. Anyway, the OP found an excellent donor car.

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Old 01-09-2013, 11:12 AM
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Will you consider shipping me the rain gutters from the donor car if you don't need them? The ones on the rear door? Just the last section. As well as the sun visor clips? Thanks!
I'm using the passenger side one. I will let you know on driver's.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:14 AM
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Sorry, that was an oversight on my part. Wagons are really rare, especially non-AWD versions, so finding one in a junkyard may be a challenge. An AWD (Xi) engine could work, but the oil pan would have to be replaced. Anyway, the OP found an excellent donor car.

Only found one wagon and it had 209,xxx miles on it. Knew it would work too but stayed away from it for the mileage.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:59 PM
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Wired up the heated seats and have them working now. Also got the motor out. Now to clean up the engine bay and replace a few things and remove the motor from the parts car.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:48 PM
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Once you get the engine out of the donor car, check it carefully for oil leaks. I would recommend replacing the oil pan gasket, since that is much more difficult after the engine is installed. Clean the sludge out of the pan, while you have it off.

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Old 01-12-2013, 08:47 PM
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Once you get the engine out of the donor car, check it carefully for oil leaks. I would recommend replacing the oil pan gasket, since that is much more difficult after the engine is installed. Clean the sludge out of the pan, while you have it off.
I plan on replacing the oil pan gasket, new coolant lines, water pump, p/s hose and some other minor things while the engine is out. Rather spend a little money on some items now then money and time later.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:12 PM
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Well we finished the car up last week. Changed the interior out, fixed the sunroof, replaced both front window regulators, swapped the wheels out and a couple of other minor things. Been driving it for a few days to make sure everything worked like it should. Drove it up to her today and averaged 27 mpg. She had no clue that she was getting it. She was super excited about it!
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:43 PM
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Ok here is pictures of the 01 that I am replacing the motor in.
Is that hood in the service position? Should open higher.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:35 AM
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Well we finished the car up last week. Changed the interior out, fixed the sunroof, replaced both front window regulators, swapped the wheels out and a couple of other minor things. Been driving it for a few days to make sure everything worked like it should. Drove it up to her today and averaged 27 mpg. She had no clue that she was getting it. She was super excited about it!
That smile says it all! Engine swaps are a pain in the arse, and I personally will never do one again. You are to be commended for your determination. The car looks great! How many Advils did it take you to get through this? LOL. Congrats!
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