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Old 07-15-2013, 10:38 AM   #4
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I'm curious on the mileage and condition of your original engine. What has caused it to be on its last legs?

The easiest/ most straightforward swap would be another M52 from a 328 but you have to decide if the rest of the car makes a ~4k investment worth it.

There are plenty of E46's in half-decent condition selling for the sub 5k price range. If the body, interior, and suspension on yours are immaculate, then by all means proceed with a swap. Consider the risk of an unknown engine though, another vehicle which you can test drive and get a feel for (before spending money) is a different story.
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