I’ve done quite a few engine swaps on the BMW platform. Well you can’t actually call them engine swaps more engine replacement since its the same engine that is being installed. In the continued spirit of efficiency, I’ve tried various variations on how to make pulling an engine from a BMW N54 335i easier. In this video, I’m using a 335is, which has the DCT transmission. The general concept applies to all E9x and E82 vehicles. Only the 4 wheel drive xi models will have more steps added to handle the front drivetrain.
This project took me about 8 hours and that’s mainly since I was in no rush and filming at the same time. I swear the lawn people are always cutting their grass around me, so have to stop and wait a bit to resume filming. So with electric tools and say the help of another person this motor can be out no longer than 4 hours.
My first video on this topic was my first ever engine removal on my E90 335i. So did more things that weren’t needed, such as disconnecting the A/C and power steering line. In both this and that prior video, you can watch them as a reference to help you layout a path to pulling your own engine. Hopefully, this will inspire more people to get their hands a little dirty or get a better understanding of their cars. Since at the end of the day I am not a mechanic in any way, I just like taking things apart 🙂