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Old 07-09-2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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Default WTB: M44 engine

Alright, here goes:
I'm finally back home and addressing the heartache that has become my TI. After doing some extensive work on it over the past several months: new clutch, flywheel, steering rack, radiator, a/c condenser, front end and hood (was in an accident), window regulators, loads of things! Not to mention planning an autocross down the coast and bringing some buddies into the BMWCCA fold.......My engine seems to have blown. I drove for almost a
whole week after sorting the accident damage and...the infamous brittle, plastic coolant connector in the back broke and the engine overheated.

I'm still waiting for the final word from my mechanic. I've replaced cracked heads on previous '02 and 320i, but don't have a garage/tools/knowledge? for what it may need: a new engine. It's getting horrific compression (128/75/128/165) and am planning for the worst.

If it's not just a blown gasket, I'll need a new head and engine. Mechanic tells me that they
would flat-out replace the engine on a M44 with my mileage: 150K.

So, I'm throwing out the feelers and advice from you all. What would I be looking at
for a rebuilt engine?

Thanks for the help.
Holding chin up.....
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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I have a M44 engine that has 150k miles on it. I pulled it to put an S52 in my car, and I can't ever seem to get it back from the paint shop . It runs great and I never had any problems with it. It doesn't leak any fluids. It also came out of an automatic so you know it hasn't been over reved or anything like that. $600 and and frieght shipping and its yours.
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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Same problem here. 318ic w/ m44 (1996). Crap platic broke, overheated, cyl 2 gasket blew and leaks coolant into cyl and compression out. Shame on BMW for this lameness.
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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Default the plastic part

what plastic part are you guys talking about? i want to check mine to make sure this doesn't happen to me.

oh and by the way OP are you selling the intake control valve sensor thing or whatever it's called? i need one
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:09 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by rookie_98 View Post
what plastic part are you guys talking about? i want to check mine to make sure this doesn't happen to me.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:20 PM   #6
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thanks, pretty cheap so i think i'll replace pretty soon.

how about that icv anyone? for the m44
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