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Old 08-03-2017, 07:46 AM   #16
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I disagree. Modern cars have their own issues, suffer from rusty bolts, electronic gremlins, etc.

No car owner should have to "compete" for a basic service.

Not all work can be done with simple tools. Sometimes a lift, hydronic press, etc are needed.

I'm not going to buy a lift and a huge set of tools for the once every two years problem with my car.
I see you obviously have never worked on an E30 before.

An engine swap is not a "Basic" service. It requires sourcing parts, research, mix and matching and wiring.. Or someone with knowledge, which costs money. No shop is going to touch it unless you supply all of the previously mentioned, along with detailed instructions. And even then you're paying $100/hr.

I did a 24v swap in my driveway when I was 17 with basic hand tools. The only thing you would really need might be a engine hoist, or a winch. There's more than enough information on the internet to do the swap. If you can't figure it out, then you need to pay someone who can. You wouldn't try and wire your house because you didn't want to pay an electrician would you?
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:35 PM   #17
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I see you obviously have never worked on an E30 before.

An engine swap is not a "Basic" service. It requires sourcing parts, research, mix and matching and wiring.. Or someone with knowledge, which costs money. No shop is going to touch it unless you supply all of the previously mentioned, along with detailed instructions. And even then you're paying $100/hr.

I did a 24v swap in my driveway when I was 17 with basic hand tools. The only thing you would really need might be a engine hoist, or a winch. There's more than enough information on the internet to do the swap. If you can't figure it out, then you need to pay someone who can. You wouldn't try and wire your house because you didn't want to pay an electrician would you?

I have worked on many E30s. This wagon is my third E30. I'm not taking about swaps being simple.

Good to see the community likes to insult one another!

I thought I could find help on here....
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:23 PM   #18
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E30 shop in GTA?

I don't think anyone is insulting you. They're simply providing answers to your questions about why it's difficult to get a shop to work on your E30. In some cases people have pointed you in the right direction, even.

As disappointing as the facts are, it's just the reality of the situation. Just because it's not what you were hoping to hear doesn't make it an insult.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:51 PM   #19
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Implying I've never worked on an E30 is insulting...
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:25 AM   #20
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Implying I've never worked on an E30 is insulting...
Working on one, and working on one as a business are two completely different things! I have done several swaps and projects in my days, on my own cars, but as a business owner I would not go near a swap. Why? Because it just does not make financial sense. The problem with swaps is having all the right parts, if anyone knows enough to get everything together, they probably know how to turn a few bolts and make it happen! If not (and chances are this will happen), you end up with a car on the hoist, taking up space, hunting for parts, etc etc etc...And it will be all good, if someone is paying for it, but in most cases it will come out of the shop's pocket, because "we had agreed on a price" bla bla bla...
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:11 PM   #21
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I was in the same situation as you and since no shop would do it, ended up doing it myself. You should just go for it man, I'm not a mechanic and still managed it in a weekend with a bit of help from a friend and google as a resource. You don't need a lift or anything fancy for the swap. Unfortunately for me the used transmission I bought was junk so I need to order a rebuilt one (for peace of mind) and swap it again, but at least in my case the rest of the swap is already done now! Good luck bro!
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:14 PM   #22
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One tip that I remember off the top of my head is to make sure you order a new plastic piece for your shift boot. If you're going used for most parts this part will probably be brittle and cracked already. Garagistic now makes just the plastic frame portion which before, you couldn't buy on its own (I wasn't able to find it anywhere else anyways and didn't want to sell out a stupid amount of money for a shiftboot+plastic frame from BMW)).
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:37 AM   #23
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Bimmersport isn't doing work on E30s any more either.
Strange. They just did a tonne of work on my E30.
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