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Old 10-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #16
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Gah 6500.... This dudes taking heavy loss

I don't understand the appeal of an s38 swap...
24v big 6? I understand the appeal.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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Same power can had with a s54+bolt ons.... More parts availability, less cost etc etc.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:51 AM   #18
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Gah 6500.... This dudes taking heavy loss

I don't understand the appeal of an s38 swap...
Yes and no . it depends on the condition of the motor...

I'm trying to find out if it's hard to finish the cooling system. I'm not a mechanic but I learn fast and I'm not that bad with mechanic. I know the basic...


This car would be my dd for this summer. SO I want it reliable and If i sell it, without loosing money
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:57 AM   #19
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If i sell it, without loosing money
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:53 AM   #20
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I was going to say go for it, untill I read
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This car would be my dd for this summer. SO I want it reliable
I don't want to be Debbie Downer, and discourage you from a potentially awesome purchase, but this could turn into be a costly nightmare...

not many S38's on the road, and if so they are likely maintained by their owners...these were in very expensive BMW's for their time...I'm fairly mechanically enclined and would really have a hard time wanting to justify this purchase if I really didnt' know what I was getting into.

Futhermore, do some research about parts availability on these engines...it's not like you can just run to your local salvage yard and snag some cheap used parts for maintenance etc...much of this stuff would need to be dealer only, or ordered from sites like RealOem.com

for DD reliability look for a E30 with a clean M52 swapped in...or similar.
they can be had for that price range in turn key ready to go condition

goodluck with your hunt!
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #21
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I was going to say go for it, untill I read

I don't want to be Debbie Downer, and discourage you from a potentially awesome purchase, but this could turn into be a costly nightmare...

not many S38's on the road, and if so they are likely maintained by their owners...these were in very expensive BMW's for their time...I'm fairly mechanically enclined and would really have a hard time wanting to justify this purchase if I really didnt' know what I was getting into.

Futhermore, do some research about parts availability on these engines...it's not like you can just run to your local salvage yard and snag some cheap used parts for maintenance etc...much of this stuff would need to be dealer only, or ordered from sites like RealOem.com

for DD reliability look for a E30 with a clean M52 swapped in...or similar.
they can be had for that price range in turn key ready to go condition

goodluck with your hunt!

Yes thanks for your answer ! I've search on forums about this swap and this engine. I know they are very costly to repair but they are reliable if well maintain.
And from I have read on forum, the cooling system seems to be the biggest problem with this swap.

I've been looking for an e30 swapped for more than a year. The best I would like to find is an e30 with a s50 swap. I know there are some on the forum and on Kijiji, but the price is more than 10k and I'm not looking to spend more than 7000k. Maybe 8-9000k if it comes with BBS and coilover...

A clean e30 with a m52 swap would be a great find too, but I would not be ready to spend more than 5000k for a clean one ...
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:32 AM   #22
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Is this car in Ontario?
How whould you do emissions if the car was 4cyl but has 6cyl now?
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Is this car in Ontario?
How whould you do emissions if the car was 4cyl but has 6cyl now?
Na the car is in Quebec and I'm from Quebec.

I have a question, If I buy an e30 that need emission test but I bring it back to Quebec, do I still need to do emission test ? In Qc, we oly need to past a mechanic inspection I think
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I thought you were looking for a convertible??
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Na the car is in Quebec and I'm from Quebec.

I have a question, If I buy an e30 that need emission test but I bring it back to Quebec, do I still need to do emission test ? In Qc, we oly need to past a mechanic inspection I think
Inspections are getting bad in Ontario and Quebec, especially on "modified car"
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I thought you were looking for a convertible??
Well yes and no ! First I was looking to buy a vert 1991 but I changed idea ...
I'm still interested in convertible but I'm more interested in coupe e30 swapped !!
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I've been looking for an e30 swapped for more than a year. The best I would like to find is an e30 with a s50 swap. I know there are some on the forum and on Kijiji, but the price is more than 10k and I'm not looking to spend more than 7000k. Maybe 8-9000k if it comes with BBS and coilover...

A clean e30 with a m52 swap would be a great find too, but I would not be ready to spend more than 5000k for a clean one ...
$5000 bucks for a "clean" M52 E30? good luck man! Those things are NOT cheap to build, if done right. Clean, slightly modded M20 examples can fetch that type of coin. If you find an M52 E30 for that much I would probably stay away to be honest as its prob a hack job (or someone taking a BIG loss).. also, an M52 converted to OBD1 with few performance mods and a tune, will put down very close numbers to a stock S50.
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