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Unread 04-30-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am a car audio guy. I work at an audio shop in Kentucky

My boss has a 2000 BMW 528i with 200k miles. However he said the motor has serious issues and needs to be replaced. He said I can have the car for $600 (which it is in perfect condition, not a chip in the paint or a flaw in the interior)

My skill of vehicle repair/customization ends at the interior, I currently own a 2002 Cadillac escalade and changing the oil is the most invasive thing I have ever done. However I am pretty handy when it comes to building things.

My grandfather has a lift and engine hoist available to me if I want it, along with all of the tools I could ever imagine. If I was to purchase an engine for this car would I be in over my head trying to put it in? I mean couldn't I take like a million photos of the old one and put the new one in just as the old one came out?

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If it were that simple, I'd say 'why not?' However, knowing that the majority of EU vehicles need specialty tools, I don't know what you're looking at.
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specialty tools?

anything i can fabricate?

this may sound crazy, but the current owner thinks that water got into the current block and froze, causing it to crack.

what about just replacing the block?

it had 2 pre existing issues. one was the distributer had an insilator that has dryrotted and causes it to ground out to the block, it is "jerry rigged" right now.
the other is the thermostat housing. its made of plastic and leaks when the motor gets hot

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When it comes to replacing engine bits in used cars, you'll find it'd be cheaper to get a new motor entirely. Not only that, but reassembling a motor from the ground up would definitely be a bit over your head. Probably more precision than you're used to.

I don't know much about 5 series motors but if you wanted to do it yourself you probably could - I would find a buddy that knows more than you if you could, and have him coach you through it. Any way you slice it a motor pull is not a one man job anyway.

FWIW the car has 200k on it, and that era BMWs aren't exactly known for the longevity of their electrics. It may be more of a can of worms than you want..
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i can find someone to help, my dad has a buddy that rebuilt a 2001 Mazda Milinnia from the ground up. he offered to help if i need it

my grand father has a project car (67 Cornet RT with 0 miles on the custom built motor and transmission, and the paint has never seen daylight)
he is experienced with motor swaps, but never anything as advanced as a BMW

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