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Old 01-13-2006, 12:21 PM   #16
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Justin I would talk to Mike at Munich Motors. He's done many S54 swaps including Tom's Z3 and his very own E36 with an S54 in it.
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:01 AM   #17
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you will end up buying a cheaper used m3 than converging a 330ci or 325ci to a m3.
Depends. Everything shouldn't run more than $30k by the time it's all over and done with. (donor M3, conversion vehicle, labour to swap everything over).

Plus all the parts taken out of the 330ci or 325ci (engine/tranny/diff/exhaust, interior, etc.) for the swap can be sold to make back around half of the actual cost. ($15k?) The rest of the parts from the M3 that aren't used can be sold for some extra cash as well. In the end, it should pretty much pay itself off going by current market prices.

Rollover vehicles are ridiculously inexpensive.

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Justin I would talk to Mike at Munich Motors. He's done many S54 swaps including Tom's Z3 and his very own E36 with an S54 in it.
Good advice, they do good work there. I got screwed over by them around 4 years ago though, said I wouldn't go back there since.
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Old 01-14-2006, 01:39 PM   #18
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great minds think alike

thats all i will say

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Old 01-15-2006, 01:55 PM   #19
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http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...page=302&pp=11

MITE46 has finished his 4 door m3 conversion. The link is to the final pictures and sort of a step-to-step on how he did the conversion
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:18 PM   #20
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JESUS.... this guy didn't skip a single step on this swap.... thats amazing, and i would love to do that, but i could NEVER find that much time, not even if i tried. Unless i was a multimillionaire, in which case i'd just get a shop to do the swap anyways!
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Old 01-15-2006, 10:55 PM   #21
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cost close to 75K USD
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:19 PM   #22
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but justin doesn't necessarily need such an expensive paint job or two sets of 19s
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:31 PM   #23
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But for 75K, George(MITEE46) did not include most of the installation/labour cost because he knew all the DIY. i cannot imagine how much it wil be if you bring it to a shop. an usually not a lot of people will want stock 325ci or 330ci parts.
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:38 PM   #24
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true it was a sh!tload of money but have u seen the guys other cars? he's obviously loaded with a stable like his
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:33 AM   #25
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But for 75K, George(MITEE46) did not include most of the installation/labour cost because he knew all the DIY. i cannot imagine how much it wil be if you bring it to a shop. an usually not a lot of people will want stock 325ci or 330ci parts.
He said that when he started he wasn't very good with cars..... i could do most of the mechanical on my own, but i would cry once i had all the wires laid out.... i HATE wiring!

Also, considering that the motor was pretty much rebuilt, and its a 4dr E46 Supercharged M3 sedan, i can bet ya there aren't too many of those cruisin around, and its still cheaper than buying a regular M3 Coupe
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:42 AM   #26
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haha what he posted is only half of the things he did. He was just being modest, not everyone will have the guts to do so. I bet he has basic knowledge. You're contradicting with yourself by saying there aren't too many of those cruising around, but its still cheaper than a regular M3 coupe. If that being said, if it's cheaper, shouldn't there be more people doing that?

A M3 replica (e46 coupe) will cost less than a M3 if only the exterior is modded like it. But when you drop in a m3 motor, with SMG transmission and everytinhg, it might not be the same story.
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:32 AM   #27
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The conversion probably WILL cost more, and the main, if not only reason would be all the labour required to do so. And since most DIY people don't have the cash for this, and the people with cash don't have the DIY..... its the reason why you don't see too many of them around!
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The conversion probably WILL cost more, and the main, if not only reason would be all the labour required to do so. And since most DIY people don't have the cash for this, and the people with cash don't have the DIY..... its the reason why you don't see too many of them around!
lol so basically that's what I am trying to say, its going to be more expensive. especially for a conversion with a sedan.
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:49 AM   #29
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thanks for the links everyone. i think he's going to go through with this. he's not from around here, but he's done this kind of stuff before.. just never on a bimmer. the estimated cost is $35k CDN for everything into a coupe.
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