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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 01-09-2013, 09:17 PM
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i would've removed those stock restrictive headers and put aftermarket ones since the block was already off... oh well
hope u like the performance of the 3.0 as much as i do
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:03 AM
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I am curious as to why you decided to remove the engine without the transmission. I find it much harder and time consuming compared to dropping the engine/transmission from the bottom with the subframe.
I didn't do the work, a shop is doing it in houston. so i don't know
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:04 AM
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i would've removed those stock restrictive headers and put aftermarket ones since the block was already off... oh well
hope u like the performance of the 3.0 as much as i do
oh well, i'll do that at a later time
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:08 AM
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I didn't do the work, a shop is doing it in houston. so i don't know
Sounds like a smart mechanic, getting a few extra hours of labor in there. More $$$
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:31 PM
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Hey if it works, that's great !
I would be interested if it worked for you !
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:34 PM
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I am curious as to why you decided to remove the engine without the transmission. I find it much harder and time consuming compared to dropping the engine/transmission from the bottom with the subframe.
I wondered that myself. It is so much easier to just take the 30 minutes to remove the front bumper, radiator, and core support and then pull the trans and engine as a unit.

Interested to see how the 3.0 runs with the wrong ECU and injectors.

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what hassle is there? all i have to do is have bmw flash the DME to handle the 3.0 thats it.
everything bolts up exactly the same
Not quite sparky. Good luck with all that.

Also, your transmission is rated for less torque, hopefully that won't be a problem long term.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:20 PM
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Few extra hours of labor? Lol your funny, I'm no idiot, we agreed on the labor b4 I bought the engine so if it takes him a week or 2 days I pay the same. And he's already installed the new injectors and ECU, he gave me a parts list that he had to change out, no extra charge since he had the wrecked car there he just took the parts off of it onto mine, don't be so quick to run your mouth. I know what I'm doing
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don't be so quick to run your mouth. I know what I'm doing
Kinda sounds like maybe your mechanic knows what he's doing, maybe. You, not so much.

Interested to know how he got around the EWS issue when changing out an ECU, they aren't plug and play.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:01 AM
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Idk ill ask him
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:34 AM
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The BMW is finished, i should be picking it up later today or tomorrow, he said im getting a check engine light due to my high flow air intake though, i'll put the factory box back on and see what happens, if it doesnt go away he said he will fix it. pictures to come...
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Kinda sounds like maybe your mechanic knows what he's doing, maybe. You, not so much.

Interested to know how he got around the EWS issue when changing out an ECU, they aren't plug and play.
I doubt the mechanic knows what he is doing either. He took the time to keep the wiring harness with the chassis. I highly doubt he works on European cars frequently.
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The BMW is finished, i should be picking it up later today or tomorrow, he said im getting a check engine light due to my high flow air intake though, i'll put the factory box back on and see what happens, if it doesnt go away he said he will fix it. pictures to come...
You need to have someone else scan your codes. I've never heard of an engine throwing a cel for getting too much air. Air is a good thing.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:37 AM
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I got my check engine light when I first put my signature motoring cold air intake on but we will see
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I picked it up today, 2600 bucks total plus new gaskets which was cheap. Engine looks and runs great and the power difference WOW! It will run now, before I thought I was fast but now it's just the perfect amount. It glides up to 75 alot easier and pulls definitely alot harder! I think it was worth it. Ill post pictures after I get home from church
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Great story. I wish you good luck. Yes, the 330i is a much much better performer. It is so good, I am keeping my original 01 330i 5spd SP, 147K miles, until it dies.
Thanks, I'm glad it turned out good in the end, I was getting a little eerie with a few saying it won't work cuz of this and this, he didnt have to swap anything extra to make the engine run, all of my accessories were used and he just re-mapped the ECU. I asked about injectors and he said the ones from my 2.5 were used.
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Kinda sounds like maybe your mechanic knows what he's doing, maybe. You, not so much.

Interested to know how he got around the EWS issue when changing out an ECU, they aren't plug and play.
I imagine he reflashed the ECU rather than replacing it. 325 and 330 both use the MS43 ECU. Installing the 330 software would be trivial and wouldn't require a new EWS. Though if he's using 325 injectors, he's almost definitely running lean. I wouldn't trust that setup WOT.

OP: You're 95% of the way there. Just install the proper injectors and intake. And ensure you actually do have the 330 software. Then it will run perfectly with no codes. Sounds like your ECU is complaining about running lean.
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I imagine he reflashed the ECU rather than replacing it. 325 and 330 both use the MS43 ECU. Installing the 330 software would be trivial and wouldn't require a new EWS. Though if he's using 325 injectors, he's almost definitely running lean. I wouldn't trust that setup WOT.

OP: You're 95% of the way there. Just install the proper injectors and intake. And ensure you actually do have the 330 software. Then it will run perfectly with no codes. Sounds like your ECU is complaining about running lean.
Can I install the intake and injectors myself? I've done that stuff b4 but only on jeeps. Where could I take it to ensure the 330 software is on it?
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I imagine he reflashed the ECU rather than replacing it. 325 and 330 both use the MS43 ECU. Installing the 330 software would be trivial and wouldn't require a new EWS. Though if he's using 325 injectors, he's almost definitely running lean. I wouldn't trust that setup WOT.

OP: You're 95% of the way there. Just install the proper injectors and intake. And ensure you actually do have the 330 software. Then it will run perfectly with no codes. Sounds like your ECU is complaining about running lean.
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Just going by what the OP said a few posts up......
i thought he had installed a new ecu and injectors cuz thats what he had told me, when i got there he said he re flashed the ecu and re-used my injectors.
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Well that engine threw a rod out the side of the block only 500 miles into driving it, their installing another one free......I was driving 50 in 5:30 traffic in Houston and it blew up....200 dollar tow truck...
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Well that engine threw a rod out the side of the block only 500 miles into driving it, their installing another one free......I was driving 50 in 5:30 traffic in Houston and it blew up....200 dollar tow truck...
Only 79k on the motor and it threw a rod bearing? Did you get compression numbers or a leak down test on the motor before purchase?
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Only 79k on the motor and it threw a rod bearing?
Agreed. These engines don't just grenade for no reason. Most last well over 300k miles if properly cared for. Did you check the oil when you got the car back? Maybe they forgot to fill it up?
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Only 79k on the motor and it threw a rod bearing? Did you get compression numbers or a leak down test on the motor before purchase?
nope, but their replacing it for free.

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Agreed. These engines don't just grenade for no reason. Most last well over 300k miles if properly cared for. Did you check the oil when you got the car back? Maybe they forgot to fill it up?
ya it was full of oil, it just had a catastrophic failure from me babying it in 5 o clock traffic in houston...the whole underside is covered in oil, all i know is their going to clean it or pay to have it cleaned cuz it was nasty...
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