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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:15 PM
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Best place to buy parts to rebuild my m44

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:18 PM
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How familiar with engine building are you?
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:03 PM
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This will be my first BMW but have done plenty of V-8s just having hard time finding parts! Ik it will be pricey bit I'm okay with that

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:17 PM
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buy a used motor.


what do you want to buy internals wise? and what are you plans?
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:35 PM
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Id rather spend the money and build a fresh motor than spend 800 to 1500 on a used motor and not know what may or may not be wrong with it u know my original idea was turbo or supercharged!

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:36 PM
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dont bother.

search CL get a 6 cylinder the 4 bangers arent worth ****.


if your set on the 4 get one of CL for 200-300 bucks ive never seen a m44 go that high.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:37 PM
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Very cool, if you do end up taking on the job, you should document it on the forums for everyone to enjoy
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:37 PM
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I have a good upper but need block pistons crank mainly lower end! I don't want a swap cause like i said never done a BMW before. If all wiring would connect id just put a 6 cld in it

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:41 PM
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I have a good upper but need block pistons crank mainly lower end! I don't want a swap cause like i said never done a BMW before. If all wiring would connect id just put a 6 cld in it

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I just finished rebuilding an m42, they're fun to work on. However, if I were to do it again I would've bought a straight 6, ignored how difficult the job would be, and swapped. Just not enough power in those 4's for my liking, but I sure liked the mileage
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:50 PM
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Swapping in an M52 is considerably easier than performing a nuts & bolts engine rebuild on an M44. Really isn't that hard. Leave the 4-cylinder in the past and move into something more fun. It isn't that expensive if you're doing the work yourself.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:38 PM
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Ok now with the m52 how much of the wiring converts no problem and what about my stock five speed? Will that bolt up? I like the idea of more power for less money butttt what all will convert over before it starts becoming more work that thought?

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:39 PM
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I'm up for the challenge just want to know what all i need to get in line to do this swap

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