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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 10-21-2014, 06:42 PM
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Comparable engines that will fit in 02 525i

It looks like its going to be better for me to get a new engine for my 2002 525i rather than do a head gasket. Does anyone know which comparable engines and vehicle models and years that the engines will fit in my 02 525i?

For example, what years would the 2.5L engine be comparable? Would the 2.8 fit and if so, what years? Same thing for the 5.4L engine and the 3.0?

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Old 10-21-2014, 08:12 PM
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I actually just found the answer to my original question I believe, but I am wondering if anyone knows if my existing engine computer module would work with each of these engines or if I would need the engine as well as the computer if I was going to swap out engines?

The E39 is the body style for the following models:
Model Engine Displacement (cc) Bore/Stroke (mm) Comp. Ratio Fuel System Power (kW/bhp) Torque (Nm/ft-lb) 0-62mph man 0-62mph auto Produced Where Sold (If not in all markets)

525i I-6 24V 2494 84/75 1:10.5 Multiport Fuel Injection 141/189 @6000RPM 245/181 @3500RPM 8.1sec 8.9sec 2000-2003
528i I-6 24V 2793 84/84 1:10.2 Multiport Fuel Injection 14w/190 @5500RPM 280/210 @3500RPM 7.5sec 8.8sec 1995-2000
530i I-6 24V 2979 84/89.6 1:10.2 Multiport Fuel Injection 170/228 @5900RPM 300/220 @3500RPM 7.1sec 7.6sec 2000-2003

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Old 10-22-2014, 05:21 PM
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It looks like its going to be better for me to get a new engine for my 2002 525i rather than do a head gasket. Does anyone know which comparable engines and vehicle models and years that the engines will fit in my 02 525i?

For example, what years would the 2.5L engine be comparable? Would the 2.8 fit and if so, what years? Same thing for the 5.4L engine and the 3.0?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mike
would be nice to know, i have a 525i 2002 and would love to have a 540i.....
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:18 PM
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Hmm I think the problems with these kind of swaps are the DME stuff. But if you got the engine out of a 540 with a DME and all other essential modules it could work.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:54 PM
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The 540 won't fit--you have to change the entire chassie out...530 will work ,,and some 528 engines will also---forget about the 540 switch though---need the V8 car to make that happen..
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Most ls v8 swaps started off of a i6 equipped car.
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Most ls v8 swaps started off of a i6 equipped car.
I'd imagine that they involved quite a bit of fabrication work, given the difference in subframes and steering gear between the BMW I6's and V8's.
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Typing /engine swaps f3 in the bestlinks nets this:
- What engine swaps are most recommended (1)

See also:
- 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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