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Hi all,

I am in need of a new engine, and I wanted to get the general opinion of this group on the best replacement engine.

I am considering either the remanufactured block from BMW or the base engine from Korman.

For resell and general acceptance, which is more desirable?

Thanks for your time and thoughts!

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I've done quite a bit of business with Ray. All good in my opinion. Just know what you are ordering, budget for it and wait for him to call you and tell you your engine is ready. I would guess that if you want to restore the car and have the matching vin on the car/engine,which has value, you have to have your current engine rebuilt. You can go nuts in the option catalog. Careful! I learned that the hard way, but the end results are pretty cool.

I also bought a BMW crate motor for my 72 and it was fine and all new parts. Your question has to be, in my opinion, are you looking for stock performance on your motor or a "little to a lot" more. Don't buy the stock unit and decide later to goose it. I found when I did that with my crate motor that I needed a little higher compression to carry the head mods well. I should have left it alone.

It is exciting as hell getting a new motor. Again, figure out what you want out of your car and THEN decide. Keep us posted.

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Yes, the BMW warranty is 2 years, unlimited miles. As far as I know... but you should get the details from the dealer you go to.... If you install the motor and have any problems, even an oil leak you get to take the whole car to any BMW dealer for repair, labor included. We installed a factory motor in a customer car and the front lower timing cover gaskets were leaking profusely, right out of the box. The car went to the dealer for repairs. They covered everything including labor and coolant.

BMW new parts warranty (for more details ask your dealer)


BMW reman parts warranty (for more details ask your dealer)


That said, is the motor in your car the original numbers matching (same VIN as the car)? If so I'd take it to Korman for them to rebuild. They also have a great warranty as well as performance options. I really like what they say about their stage 1 clean air or carbureted motors. If I were in your position and the car has the original block I'd go with the Korman motor.

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I bought a stage 2 rebuild from Korman and had nothing but problems with it

and was also gouged for several thousand dollars that they did agree to adjust caveat emptor

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BMW "Long Block" includes everything between the oil drain

plug up to the oil filler cap.

You swap over your intake, exhaust, and charging system

BMW "Short Block" is just a block, fitted pistons and crankshaft.

NO head


which ever occurs first

this one is not available though(*:*)


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