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3641Re: [bmw e28] will an m535i powerplant go into a 528e?

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  • zachariah904
    May 27, 2005
      --- In bmwe28@..., "elephantjuice54"
      <elephantjuice54@y...> wrote:
      > Real 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
      > community?
      >
      > Hi David
      >
      > 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
      > end components.
      >
      > I call her Gretchen and have pictures of it here...
      > http://blackcannon.org/gallery/Gretchen
      >
      > and I have goofoff form study pictures of it here
      > http://blackcannon.org/gallery/project-shots
      >
      > 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
      > antenna replaced.
      >
      > 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?
      >
      > Thanks
      > Scott Gamble
      > 1983 528e
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In bmwe28@..., david patterson <benznut450@y...>
      > wrote:
      > > Hello and welcome Scott,
      > >
      > > What mods have you done to the 528e ? Lets start here!! And
      yes,you
      > can drop the M535i
      > > powerplant in . Score at $300 !
      > >
      > > David
      > >
      > > 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.
      > This
      > > is good news to me because it still feels rather quick and snappy
      > and
      > > 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,
      > > almost no gremlins, not been wrecked, practically everything
      works
      > and
      > > works well.
      > >
      > > Now if I were to ask my mechanic who doesn't like 528e's at all,
      > he'd
      > > tell me that I'm stuck where I'm at, I can never upgrade this
      > > powerplant - nothing else will work in there. But theres alot of
      > > conflicting evidence to that claim it would seem, so thought I'd
      > ask.
      > >
      > > 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
      > gremlins
      > > in the electrical, the frame and body is rusted out and rather
      beat
      > > 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
      > the
      > > 528e powerplant? Part 2 of this question is, is there a
      snowballs
      > > chance in hell of dropping this powerplant into my 528e? Part 3,
      > am I
      > > a dumbass for even wanting to?
      > >
      > > 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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