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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-25-2016, 02:12 PM
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I just got a good deal for a 1990 BMW 525. I bought it as a total loss and I was thinking of A. Swap the entire engine to my 325es or B. Take the 525 head and put it in the 325. What would the best result be? Also, I would like to convert from 4 lugs to 5 lugs, I need an honest opinion on that. Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:37 PM
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What year is your es? If it's 86 or later, the swap is plug and play. If your es engine is tired, swap the 5er engine in. It's the same M20B25 that's in the late model 3s. No great advantage in putting the 885 head on the e engine without other mods. (Others will disagree, but it's true). The intact engine swap will be a lot less work overall.
You'll need a Z3 rear for the five lugs on the back, and M3 hubs and parts for the front. Lotta work for little advantage if you ask me. There are tons of 4 x 100 wheels of all widths and diameters.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:40 AM
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Thank you the car is my 17th old son is a 325es 1986 with 100203 miles original.

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What year is your es? If it's 86 or later, the swap is plug and play. If your es engine is tired, swap the 5er engine in. It's the same M20B25 that's in the late model 3s. No great advantage in putting the 885 head on the e engine without other mods. (Others will disagree, but it's true). The intact engine swap will be a lot less work overall.
You'll need a Z3 rear for the five lugs on the back, and M3 hubs and parts for the front. Lotta work for little advantage if you ask me. There are tons of 4 x 100 wheels of all widths and diameters.
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