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    Thinking about a S38 now... Prices?

    An S38 from a '88 M5 popped up on CL about 1.5 hours from me. It's a complete drivetrain with every accessory that was pulled from a running and driving M5 over 7 years ago. Will have more details later. EDIT: Engine has 72,000 miles.

    He's asking 3200. Fair for S38B35? Also, it comes with brand new Mahle pistons.
    Last edited by E30 Wagen; 08-05-2013, 07:12 PM.
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    Sounds like it needs to be rebuilt

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      #3
      Originally posted by e304me View Post
      Sounds like it needs to be rebuilt
      He says not necessarily. Although I would rebuild it anway, likely over the course of a year to keep funds levelled out... Getting this engine would mean lots of changes would happen to my current plans.
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        #4
        The B35 is far less desirable than the B36 or B38. I would wait for one of those instead consideridering the working involved to install.
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          #5
          Originally posted by Sharino View Post
          The B35 is far less desirable than the B36 or B38. I would wait for one of those instead consideridering the working involved to install.
          You can swap in a 3.6 crankshaft, though right?
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            #6
            No, its more than just swapping cranks.

            I have a spare complete S38B36 engine with all accessories if interested, comes with ECU, harness, etc. Car had 99kms (62? miles) on it when removed. I will probably sell it for a little more than what the other one you are looking at is going for. It was running in a car less than 6 months ago before it got into an accident.
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            E30 Mtec2-S38 | V10 TDI treg | E34 M5 | E39 M5 | Corrado turbo VR6

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              #7
              Originally posted by Sharino View Post
              No, its more than just swapping cranks.

              I have a spare complete S38B36 engine with all accessories if interested, comes with ECU, harness, etc. Car had 99kms (62? miles) on it when removed. I will probably sell it for a little more than what the other one you are looking at is going for. It was running in a car less than 6 months ago before it got into an accident.
              Right, I forget about the rods and pistons, but is there more beyond that?

              Very tempted about yours, but not until next spring if you'll hold onto it for me. :) Could be a fun roadtrip up north to pick it up. I've always wanted an S38.
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                #8
                I paid $1500 for a similar high mileage S38B35 and the G280. The motor re-build will cost me $8-10k and the transmission rebuild $3k (if I can find someone to do it + parts). I believe now that if I were looking to put a ///Motorsports 6 in an e30 I'd upgrade to a more recent ///M set that didn't need a build.
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                  #9
                  Why do I keep reading about S38's needing rebuilds.. only if the previous owner was a complete idiot would a S38 need a rebuild.

                  Also I guess people have different perceptions of what an engine rebuild mean.. do you guys consider an oil change and valve adjustment, maybe a new chain, a rebuild?
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                    #10
                    I agree!
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                      #11
                      why not a S50B32?
                      89 E30 325is Lachs Silber - currently M20B31, M20B33 in the works, stroked to the hilt...

                      new build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=317505

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by digger View Post
                        why not a S50B32?
                        Euro? It's sunk in that true motorsports engines are overall too damn expensive!

                        I don't know why I waste my time fantasizing about these things anyway. I have like 40 other projects that I need to finish, that is if I've even started them. And today I just added another project to the list in the form of a '91 318is. Killing myself with this shit.
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                          #13
                          He's asking 3200. Fair for S38B35?
                          Do to the rarity it probably is fair price. But I would not spend that kind of money on old engine with distributor cap and wires, that is so 1980s

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                            #14
                            Sorry for stealing the thread..

                            i have a NEW rebuilt S38B38,, with CP forged pistons oem cr 10,5 first overbore 95mm
                            All seals and gasket new,, Victor-Reinz,,
                            ARP head studs,,
                            main + rodbearing new,((OEM)) standard size
                            Cylinder head rebuilt with seals etc..
                            all parts.. except cylinder head and engine block were glas-blasted
                            almost every bolt/nut new ,,
                            new waterpump,,
                            new thermostat + seals
                            headers have airpump delete,, and inside port plumping taken away..
                            Chain tensioner twin chain are not new,, and clutch is not new

                            G-280 gearbox overhauled 2 years ago
                            E34 M5 brakebooster ((a must,, for S38 swap))
                            E30/S38-G280 driveshaft
                            E30/S38 engine mounts
                            E30/S38 servo lines ,,for power steering


                            basicly ,, all the parts you need for E30 S38 swap.. plug and play (except wiring)


                            price,............. a lot

                            just parts and lathejob is 4000$ in the engine

                            pm for info
                            Sveinbjörn Hrafnsson

                            E30 CABRIO V12 M70B50 ///
                            ALPINA B10 BITURBO 346 @ 507
                            E34 550 V12 JML


                            Finnish wisdom : If you want to Win,, hire a Finn

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                              #15
                              ^ Can. No. Afford.

                              LOL
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