Opinion on an n54 motor and trans.

TheFixer

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There is a gentleman selling an n54 motor, wiring, and dme with the hp trans for 400 bucks out of a 535i. Supposedly 120k miles. It's been sitting for six months.... I'd say a year from the looks of it.

Thinking of getting it for a spare, maybe build it.

I'm skeptical because I've never seen a trans motor combo under 1500 bucks.

If it's garbage, is it worth 400?

Thanks for your thoughts.
 

RuskiRacer

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I've seen some people tryna get rid of n54 stuff cheap these days doesn't seem like an unheard of deal. If she spins she wins to me for that price.
 

Torgus

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I mean you could sell a working trans for that much right?

If the head is good that should be worth 2-400 I would think.

You can always go on https://www.car-part.com/ and see what parts are selling for.
 

RuskiRacer

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Yeah trans alone can be sold for 400 if it works. Seems like a deal to hop on if everything checks out some people end up with stuff they don't know how to get rid of
 
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TheFixer

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I mean you could sell a working trans for that much right?

If the head is good that should be worth 2-400 I would think.

You can always go on https://www.car-part.com/ and see what parts are selling for.
Yeah... possibly. Ugh... I'm elbows deep in my m54 motor right now. I shouldn't even be considering that drivetrain. I don't even have a place to hide it from my wife.
 
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RuskiRacer

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Yeah... possibly. Ugh... I'm elbows deep in my m54 motor right now. I shouldn't even be considering that drivetrain. I don't even have a place to hide it from my wife.
Hahaha sounds like you need a good friend with a little extra space in his garage
 
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TheFixer

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Yeah trans alone can be sold for 400 if it works. Seems like a deal to hop on if everything checks out some people end up with stuff they don't know how to get rid of
Very true. I just offered the guy 250, that's what I can get from a recycling yard for the metal if it's all crap.
 

TheFixer

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Yeah thats a cant go wrong price right there especially if it doesn't even up being junk.
I had to pass on it. He isn't budging on price. After zooming in on the pics I was noticing a lot of really bad corrosion, cracking, rotting. It's been sitting outside uncovered for who knows how long. I guarantee rain water has found many ways inside that motor.