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    So if i wanted to fit a V8 from a 540 to my 520, is it a like for like swap seen as they are both E39s would i have to get the whole lot from the 540.. ie engine management, gearbox etc etc or should the engine just fit straight in?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealo View Post
    So if i wanted to fit a V8 from a 540 to my 520, is it a like for like swap seen as they are both E39s would i have to get the whole lot from the 540.. ie engine management, gearbox etc etc or should the engine just fit straight in?
    It'd be engline, ecu & loom, gearbox, prop & carrier, diff, brakes (and wheels big enough to house them), steering box and exhaust at a minimum.

    Cost just for breakers parts? Probably at least £2k separately... then the hassle of fitting.

    Insurance would then kill you... a standard car would be much easier to insure.

    Instead, you could sell the 520 (say, for a grand) and add £2k to buy a 280 bhp M3. Or a £2k 535i Sport / 540i6 with money for a remap / fruity pipe / insurance.
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    I wouldnt be selling my 520 for a grand, i know thats the going rate for some of them but mines hardly tatty had an engine rebuild/full respray and has a genuine full M5 bodykit fitted.

    Thanks for the advice tho!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealo View Post
    I wouldnt be selling my 520 for a grand, i know thats the going rate for some of them but mines hardly tatty had an engine rebuild/full respray and has a genuine full M5 bodykit fitted.

    Thanks for the advice tho!!
    Well, that gives you two reasonable choices:
    • Sell it for the higher amount - getting you closer to the amount you need for a big E39 (or whatever).
    • Buy a 535i / 540i and transfer over the good bits (bumpers, wheels, leather interior etc).

    Getting the 520i to the same power levels and the V8's will cost a lot more in the long run.
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    Yeah probs be alot cheaper to do that and swap everything over, time for a rethink about what to do!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealo View Post
    Yeah probs be alot cheaper to do that and swap everything over, time for a rethink about what to do!
    It's always a hard choice mate. I had a really nice 328i Coupe - but adding up the cost of an M50 conv, CAI, remap, LSD, 300mm brakes would have cost about £1400. An M3 engine would have cost even more.

    Selling my 328i and adding £1800 got me my 535i Sport - 235bhp stock, twin climate, full-leather, cruise, MTec suspension and 320mm anchors etc etc etc.

    ...although, one day I'll have to stump up for a loud-ish exhaust and remap.
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