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Hey all. I have one more question. Can I replace the head on my 96 328i with one from a 2000 528? I found one and dont know if it will work or not.
 

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umm if its the m52tu then i dont think so because that engine has reversed cooling passages if im not mistaken:dunno:
 

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I checked realoem.com and it shows that the 528 2000 engine is a M52 so you should be good to go.
Check realoem.com to double check me if you wish...
 

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This is why I said if it has drive by wire you can't use it bc that engine has reversed cooling passages:rolleyes:
 

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M52TU means Technical Upgrade but I don't think it has anything like reversed water passages. I just changed a 2003 water pump and it is exactly like the M50/M52/S50/S52 passages and takes the same pump.

Pump rotates the same way so it does not have reverse flow and where did you locate this information. I am curious I have never seen this before. The 2003 is a M54....
 

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Yea I picked up an m54 and it has reversed water passages that's why I can't use the head on my frankenstein m52
 

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M52TU means Technical Upgrade but I don't think it has anything like reversed water passages. I just changed a 2003 water pump and it is exactly like the M50/M52/S50/S52 passages and takes the same pump.

Pump rotates the same way so it does not have reverse flow and where did you locate this information. I am curious I have never seen this before. The 2003 is a M54....
The M52TU has the same head as the M54.. Same intake manifold.. Same throttle bodies.. Visually everything is the same, and every part we have put on m52tu's are m54 parts. :dunno: Seems safe to assume.

FYI: It does not have reverse flow it has different coolant passages. BTW the m52tu and m54 water pump are the same unit also.
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=11517527910

Edit: Didn't the m54b30 come out in 2001??
 

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Thanks COREY:thumbup: GREAT find:D
 
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