Posted by James on June 29, 1999 at 17:33:20:
In Reply to: Re: Engine Removal posted by Barry on June 29, 1999 at 17:17:59:
: : I am getting all ready to pull out the engine in my 1981 528i and replace it with an engine with a bit more "zip". In looking through the Haynes manual, they state you should remove the transmission first. Having taken out the tranny a while back to replace the clutch, this is not a job I look forward to.
: : Can anyone tell me if removing the engine and tranny as one unit is possible and what additional work I would have to do to accomplish this mission. I really, really, don't want to pull the tranny separately.
: : Thanks in advance for all you help.
: : Lee Bailey
: As Bill points out, it is POSSIBLE to remove the engine/tranny as one piece, but in my opinion the added difficulty is FAR greater than the effort of removing the tranny first. You're going to have to remove the exhaust, driveshaft, and shift linkage in any event, so the only thing left are the tranny mounting bolts (yes, there is a difficult one). Good luck!
I must disagree. I just re-installed my E12 M535i engine complete with Tranny
and it was a breeze. I too read the Haynes manual and wondered if it would work...
A thought, the top gearbox bolts are real difficult to get done up tight if this isn't done i) with engine/tranny out ii) with the cyl. head off.