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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 09-28-2016, 05:16 PM
Kuztom Haus Kuztom Haus is offline
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E38 7 series to E39 5 series

Hi guys I purchased a 1996 528i as a project a few months ago and I recently acquired an E38 730i v8 the body and interior are rough what I would like to know is what would be needed to put the v8 from the 7 series into my 5 series and if indeed it can be done?
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Old 09-28-2016, 05:55 PM
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It can be done but it probably isn't worth it. There is not much carryover from I6 to V8 E39s. 528/525i to 530i is relatively simple.

Find a cheap 540i if you want a V8 5-series, or keep the E38 and enjoy more legroom
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:35 PM
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He's right. If your 5 was a v8 - easy. The biggest issue is the subframe, and steering - 6 cyl got rack and pinion, 8 cup got recirculating ball.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:45 AM
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Thanks guys I think I will just on sell the E38 and finish the E39 off that will keep me busy for a while any how.
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