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Old 01-10-2020, 08:59 AM
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Overhaul kit for X5 3.0 l 2002

Goodday folks,
My beast managed to burn a piston- I have looked into engine 'overhaul' kits and found one from SPD 01-06 on e-bay. Has all pistons,bearings and full gasket kit for 500 USD.
Has anyone used this brand (kit) ? I am in darkest africa and will have to import from USA so before I throw money and caution to the wind can anyone give some feedback on the kit?
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:21 AM
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You can buy an entire known good m54 engine for around the same money. That's the route I would take unless you really like working on engines.
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:59 PM
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In his case I think the weight for shipping will be a problem.
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I always forget to check location.

But I'd still check the local market for M54's before importing a rebuild kit. Or are they very rare over there OP?
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Thanks guys- I dont mind doing the rebuild and no-one here in South Africa seems to have the rebuild kits. Engines are available here but not from X5s , mostly 330i and I am worried that they wont mate to bell housing etc... might be opening more cans of worms.
Engines vary from 1500- 2500 USD!!! If I could pick one up for 500 I would be very happy
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At $500 for a kit with pistons, bearings, etc., I guarantee it's junk. Have you done a tear-down yet to know exactly what you need? If I were in your shoes, I'd look for a used piston/set and get brand-name rings. Once you get into the motor, you can see if you need new bearings, but they're not too expensive (or heavy for import purposes).

Or, as others have said, any M54 will drop right into your X5. The 330i motor will work just fine with all your X5 accoutrements.
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:06 AM
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As noted any 3.0 M54 engine (in the US they were found in E46, E39, E53, X3 and Z3) will fit in the X5.. Use the X5's harness. You will also likely have to use the X5's oil pan.

I have torn apart/rebuilt several M54's. .The only one I saw with a burnt piston (from an X5 actually) had cylinder wall scoring from frozen/damaged piston rings that prevented me from re-using the engine block. I tried honing the cylinder and that didn't smooth it.
It would have required a new cylinder liner and at that point a used engine was for more economical
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