BMW N54 Tuning & Maintenance Guide

In the past few years the N54 twin turbo 3.0L Inline-6 has gained the reputation of being an easily tunable and powerful engine. With the N54 aging and the increasing number of modifications available, we are bound to begin seeing more blown engines and turbos. Although the block and internals are very strong, the N54 is prone to issues without the proper maintenance and repairs. Whether your N54 is stock or running a large single turbo set up, this guide will ensure your engine is running at its best.

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BMW M50-M52 Intake Modification

With this modification, your M52B25 or M52B28 engine will make more power.

The M52B25 and M52B28 engine can be found in the E36, E39, E38, and in some early BMW E46 models.  It is not the easiest modification, but if you are at least a little handy, it is not difficult.  Some people say that this will gain an additional 20HP, while some say it won’t give you any.  I believe that there are power benefits.

In the picture below, you see on the left an M52 intake, and on the right, an M50 intake.
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Diederik’s E36 323i Coupe

My name is Diederik, 21 years old and I am a mechanical engineer student with a passion for cars.  When I was searching for more information about the BMW E39 M5 I found this website and registered myself for the future.
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Say Hello to Andrew’s new Benz!

My past BMW’s were fun cars.  I had a great time driving them, and I learned a lot fixing them.  However, they got a bit repetitive after having cars so similar: the E53 X5, E36 318ti, and the E36 328i.  These all shared so much in common that I could go through the motions to change out a thermostat or replace an oil filter housing gasket with my eyes closed.  So, what does a car guy do when they need a new project to tinker on?

He moves on and gets a 1995 W124 Mercedes E320!


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BMW E36 Bi-Xenon Headlight Retrofit

thumbHow do you get high intensity lighting for under $200 $50?

Easy, peasy, lemon squeeze: all you need to do is retrofit your stock plastic lens E36 headlights with bi-xenon projectors.  With some modification from a Dremel, razor blade, and a pry tool, you too can have HID lighting without resorting to a eat-ramen-every-night college-esque budget.   Continue reading

E39 M5 S62 Engine Reliability

IMG_1030A very common topic, S62 longevity.  I could write a book about this, but I’ll try not to. Firstly… I am no expert.  I’m just an owner of an E39 M5 for a little over 5 years, and 50,000 miles now.  I am fairly active in the community though, so I do feel that I can talk about this some.
The S62 can last 300,000 miles.  The S62 can also fail at 40,000 miles.  There seem to be more instances of higher miles than lower, however.  These are the primary weak points of the S62: