3611Re: [bmw e28] will an m535i powerplant go into a 528e?
- May 18, 2005Real quick - forum protocol questions. Is it preferred that responses
happen at the top of the reply or at the bottom? Do I need to hit
"respond to all" or can I just hit "respond" for it to go to the
Warning - I type at around 90wpm and think in complete sentances so my
emails get long in a hurry. If its a problem, let me know.
I just picked this 528e up approx 3 months ago so up until this point,
its been merely fixing broken things and bringing it back to "zero" so
to speak. What parts I've replaced I've tried to replace with high
I call her Gretchen and have pictures of it here...
and I have goofoff form study pictures of it here
That being said, so far I've replaced heater blower motor, the air
intake, replaced all the lightbulbs and fuses in the car, replaced all
the headlights and fog lights, replaced one fried relay, and I've
dropped a rather pricy ($250!) Bavarian Autosport Short Shift Kit into
her as the shifting linkage was going out (2nd and 4th were getting
rather difficult to find) and I am a *ahem* demanding driver.
I've had all the fluids replaced, the tires rotated - the cold
start/idle cleaned up a bit, the sparkplugs replaced and by the end of
today I hope to have those ricaro racing seats installed and the power
The engine and tranny are strong. Car has approx 350,000 miles on her
though the SI board appears to have conked out at 318,000 so nothing
on the left side of the instrument cluster is working at present. The
drivers seat is worn to the springs. I'm in the process of right now
purchasing a limited slip differential out of another 528e - I'm just
waiting to hear back on what the gearing on it is. Guy swears it came
out of another 528e but the numbers on it are S2 93 1711 apparently.
I want to see what I have in mine presently and confirm that those are
the right numbers. If I'm reading those numbers correctly, then its
geared WAY too tall and I'm going to walk from it. If its merely
mislabled, well heck... =)
The game plan was not to even touch the engine/tranny for another 12
to 18 months. The Gameplan was to work on everything else, starting
with the suspension and brakes and eventually wheels - and THEN doing
engine/tranny stuff, and then doing aesthetics like body and paint.
Thing is, my mechanic has offered to give me $200 and do all the work
salvaging and installing all the salvagable components from that 535i
over into my 528e in return for the engine, tranny, and computers.
But the fact is, I kinda like the idea of having that m535i motor
pulled, rebuilt and dropped into my little 528 so I've held off. I
don't know much about that motor but I understand its the predecessor
to the M5 engine and in comparison to my present baby 6... is just a
monster. I'm also told that there may be a chance that its a dual
overhead cam motor. Thing is I just don't know.
I'm assuming somewhere on the engine there is a model number. Do you
know where it may be so I can start doing my homework on it?
--- In bmwe28@..., david patterson <benznut450@y...>
> Hello and welcome Scott,can drop the M535i
> What mods have you done to the 528e ? Lets start here!! And yes,you
> powerplant in . Score at $300 !This
> elephantjuice54 <elephantjuice54@y...> wrote:
> Hey all - newguy.
> I've got a 83 528e. Am told this is one of the slowest powerless
> engines they ever made, shooting for fuel economy over all else.
> is good news to me because it still feels rather quick and snappyand
> the idea that it does nothing but get more powerful, well gee whiz.I
> think its pretty cool. This car is in rather good shape, no rust,and
> almost no gremlins, not been wrecked, practically everything works
> works well.he'd
> Now if I were to ask my mechanic who doesn't like 528e's at all,
> tell me that I'm stuck where I'm at, I can never upgrade thisask.
> powerplant - nothing else will work in there. But theres alot of
> conflicting evidence to that claim it would seem, so thought I'd
> I recently picked up a m535i for three bills that still runs and
> drives but theres so much wrong with her it'll never be worth trying
> to fix - she's a running parts car is all right now. Theres
> in the electrical, the frame and body is rusted out and rather beatthe
> up. And yet for all that, theres quite a bit salvageable on her.
> Ricaro racing seats for one, engine and tranny and computers for
> two... 16 inch wheels (not great but functional) - bumpers are in
> good shape (though not euro) - lots and lots of miscelaneous stuff.
> So I guess at the heart of things my quesiton is - am I stuck with
> 528e powerplant? Part 2 of this question is, is there a snowballsam I
> chance in hell of dropping this powerplant into my 528e? Part 3,
> a dumbass for even wanting to?Service.
> Thanks all for your input. Excuse while I ask alot of questions in
> the beginning. Just trying to get my bearings.
> Scott Gamble
> 1983 528e
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