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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 02-18-2015, 06:49 AM
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E39 530i engine change help needed

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Hello I have to change engine in my BMW as bottom end gone and I need all the help and advice I can get. I need to take the auto box out with engine and put auto box onto manual engine. I need to know how to go about this engine change, step by step instructions and pics to help would be great. Will I need special tools ? Wat problems will I encounter? Etc need as much advice as possible. Thanku reece
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:19 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to the E39 5 series forum, you will get more help in here. I did a quick search for you and found this -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=584570

Good luck, this is a huge project!

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Thank you very much and yes its gunna be a big job. Biggest I've done so need as much advice as poss

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Old 02-18-2015, 10:43 AM
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Get a copy of the Bentley E39 service manual. Whilst it only cover North American models, there is still a good deal of information that will help you.

You should also post you question on the UK forums.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:13 AM
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And perhaps post questions in stages as it is far too much to post all at one time. There are also MANY vids on Youtube that cover huge amounts of this. I suggest studying as much as possible before you begin.

Haven't done it, but saw a vid of a shop dropping the whole engine/trans/subframe all in one shot. They of course had a lift, but also a carrier that cradled the whole thing including the disc brakes. Looked like a nice way to handle it, but as I said, I have not done this so...


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Old 02-18-2015, 01:05 PM
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Thanks, I am using best of my time now researching, my issues are ....
Best way to about taking lump and box out, ethier dropping subframe completely or lowering abit and pulling it out as apparently people have trouble clearing the rack?

The air con as don't know anything really about air con.

Putting my auto box onto the manual engine, now I know I need to remove flywheel and sprigot off manual engine and put tourqe converter on but do I need special tools and is it just as simple as that or is there more I need to do ?

Also any tips and problems people have had when changing engine

Thanks reece

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Old 02-18-2015, 01:16 PM
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Not sure. Haven't seen anyone who wants to put an auto in replacement for a stick. Usually it's the other way around. You're in for a bumpy ride with that swap I think. IOM, changing the engine out is a large job by itself.
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