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    engine swap

    I have a 1979 323i without a motor, and I have recently purchased a 1977 528i. Both Australian models. I was wondering if the engine from the 528i will fit into the 323i. I was told that it cant be done because the 323i has a M20 engine whereas the 528i is a M30. What is stopping it from fitting into the 323i? Is the engine bay too small? Are the engine mounts in different places? Will it not fit to a standard 323i gearbox?


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    It will fit but a lot of custom fab it required.

    Dave

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    Mounts are different, trans won't match up

    It's been done but it requires some fabrication, as the other reply noted. You'd be swapping the engine and trans. Ask questions on the e21 board.

    Tony

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