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    Right,

    well iv been toying with the idea lately of selling/swapping my BMW for an MX5 but the option is also to keep the bmw and have a go at tuning it.

    Iv tried to do a bit of research and apparently the 2litre 6cyl isnt great for turboing/charging and i would be better off looking for a e34 24v block or a e36 325i block because they are iron rather than ally and can take a lot of abuse standard (abuse basically being turbocharging/supercharging).

    Im just wondering what peoples opinions are on the subject, is there other engines i could look at dropping in to my e39 that would give a massive instant power or would i be better going for a turbo/supercharged 325 block?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealo View Post
    Right,

    well iv been toying with the idea lately of selling/swapping my BMW for an MX5 but the option is also to keep the bmw and have a go at tuning it.

    Iv tried to do a bit of research and apparently the 2litre 6cyl isnt great for turboing/charging and i would be better off looking for a e34 24v block or a e36 325i block because they are iron rather than ally and can take a lot of abuse standard (abuse basically being turbocharging/supercharging).

    Im just wondering what peoples opinions are on the subject, is there other engines i could look at dropping in to my e39 that would give a massive instant power or would i be better going for a turbo/supercharged 325 block?
    Sell it and buy a 540?

    Seriously, you'll just be throwing money away otherwise.
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    Why would it be throwing money away?
     
     

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    waste of cash

    just get a bigger engine
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealo View Post
    Why would it be throwing money away?
    You can buy a 535 (245bhp) / 540 (282bhp) for less than £2k these days - well equipped as standard.

    A 520 is normally 'poverty spec'. Plus, fitting an(y) engine, gearbox / drive-line and appropriate brakes etc ain't cheap - then how are you going to insure it?

    If you've got 3, 4 or more £k to spend that's E36 M3 money or half way to an M5!!!

    On older / cheaper cars, it's rarely worth doing more than a CAI, remap and exhaust (that, and the M50 mod, where applicable).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeek View Post
    waste of cash

    just get a bigger engine
    you mean just drop a bigger engine into the e39 that iv got?

    Or would you just not bother with the E39 iv got and get another car?
     
     

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    Unless you want the challenge of doing it mate i would just get a 535/540 as well.

    Would rather hear the V8 rumble than a turbo
     
     

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    In my experience just getting the right car with the right engine is quicker and cheaper in the long run!
     
     

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    Yeah agree with whats been said,if your doing it for a challenge by all means go for it as the personal satosfaction will be good but if its just more power youd be better just buying a bigger engined one, a 530 around near me is going for £2200 which is brilliant. Although if you have a lpt to spend M5 would be the only way to go


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeek View Post
    In my experience just getting the right car with the right engine is quicker and cheaper in the long run!
    So just plump for a 540 and modifiy to suit?
     
     

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