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Old Sun, Dec-30-2007, 02:16:56 AM   #1
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Default s54 vrs. s52 m coupe

I currently have a 95 m3 which I love dearly. I have recently put her off daily driver duty and will be working on her garage queen status. It will be hard but i will be looking to replace her in the next year or so and am in love with the m coupe, so my question is if the extra money for 315 hp s54 worth it. All replies will be greatly appreciated.
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S54 M coupes are sweet, but they have 3.15 rear ends and a 5-speed. S52 mcoupes have the same gearbox, but a 3.73 diff. 6 to one, half-dozen to anther. If you're up for finding a rare bird, go after an S54 m coupe without a sunroof - there's only about 600 of them.

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diff swap is like 3-4 hours. go for the s54. make sure u get the subframe reenforced ofcourse. check out turnermotorsport.com for info.
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I had a S52 MCoupe before I got my M3. I had a friend with a S54 MCoupe and I must say that the top end was pretty damn nice. However, given BMW NA's stance on the MCoupe about S54 motors blowing up makes me a bit leery. Yes there have been people that have gotten BMW to replace the motor after suffering the rod bearing failure but it wasn't without a fight in most cases (that I heard of anyway).

From a line the S52 will hold up til about 80mph or so, then the top end of the S54 comes into play. If I still had my MCoupe, I would go FI on it and be happy.
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I've got one (sunroof delete) and I LOVE IT!

The car is so interesting and fun to drive. Eric and Evan at enthusiastauto.com can find you one... if you are looking. Great guys to work with.

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S54 M coupes are sweet, but they have 3.15 rear ends and a 5-speed. S52 mcoupes have the same gearbox, but a 3.73 diff. 6 to one, half-dozen to anther. If you're up for finding a rare bird, go after an S54 m coupe without a sunroof - there's only about 600 of them.

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i think it would be pretty worth it
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thanks guys for the input, i am new to the forum so am just trying to feel my way around. i am just a working stiff but i did marry a doctor so maybe you all just talked me into the s54!
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S54 M coupes are sweet, but they have 3.15 rear ends and a 5-speed. S52 mcoupes have the same gearbox, but a 3.73 diff. 6 to one, half-dozen to anther. If you're up for finding a rare bird, go after an S54 m coupe without a sunroof - there's only about 600 of them.

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Incorrect. The S54 cars run a 3.15 gearing, while the S52 cars run 3.23 gears.

The S54 is significantly faster. An upgrade to a 3.73 LSD can be had for $125, out of an E30... or you can go the custom build route for over a grand.

690 coupes produced between 2001 and 2002.
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Incorrect. The S54 cars run a 3.15 gearing, while the S52 cars run 3.23 gears.

The S54 is significantly faster. An upgrade to a 3.73 LSD can be had for $125, out of an E30... or you can go the custom build route for over a grand.

690 coupes produced between 2001 and 2002.
Yep, S54 M Coupes/Roadsters are still one of the quicket (if not quickest) BMWs produced to date. EVO magazine clocked an S54 M Coupe from 0-60 in only 4.3 seconds, even with the tall 3.15 gearing!

Yeah, there were less than 690 S54 M Coupes produced through its two-year lifespan for all of North America. Very very rare indeed and quite a few have been sent to car heaven already.
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I've had both. I thought the 2000 with the S52 was the better car. Not due to power, more of power to chasis quality. I had a lot of problems with my 01 M Coupe, bought it new. Nothing is wrong with either cars though.
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