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    Default engine number

    the engine num of my car has 256K as the first four characters...

    what type of engine is this and where can i find info on this? thanks!

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    Default what car/year?

    Quote Originally Posted by pong
    the engine num of my car has 256K as the first four characters...

    what type of engine is this and where can i find info on this? thanks!
    95 E34 530I V2.34
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    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    John F. Kennedy

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    Default That tells you that its a 2.5 liter six as explained here















    characters...

    what type of engine is this and where can i find info on this? thanks![/QUOTE]

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    its a 90 525i

    i dunno whether or not the engine is an m50 version or the m20... from what i have read... it was in 1990 when the engine was changed frm the m20 to the m50. this is the reason why im bogged... do u guys know sites that show bmw engines? this way i may be able to identify the engine type

    tnx

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    easy way to tell the difference between M20 and M50 is by looking at the valve cover (the top of the engine- where the oil fill cap is). The M20 has a long Aluminum valve cover- the M50 has a wide black plastic cover over the actual valve cover, almost all you see in the engine bay is black plastic because the intake manifold is black plastic too!

    HTH,
    Bret.

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    Default Or do you have a distributor cap and spark plug wires? the m20 does and the m50

    doesn't




    Quote Originally Posted by pong
    its a 90 525i

    i dunno whether or not the engine is an m50 version or the m20... from what i have read... it was in 1990 when the engine was changed frm the m20 to the m50. this is the reason why im bogged... do u guys know sites that show bmw engines? this way i may be able to identify the engine type

    tnx

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    ok... its an m20... where do i get info on this?

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    what info do you want??? We'll be glad to help you, but you've gotta TRY to help us....

    Bret.

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    You could buy a Bentley repair manual for the E34 model. There's lots of information in there...

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    i was planning to change the timing belts... i purchased this 2nd hand... i dont think d guy changed d belts of this car... is there a site where there are pdf files with pictures showing how to change the parts...

    thanks!

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