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Old 04-17-2019, 01:34 AM   #1
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Oz/Euro 323i parts compatibility with 325i or 320i?

I have an Australian delivered 1984 323i. This was a model never released in the US.

It's a problem since all the good BMW aftermarket part suppliers seem to be US based, and the US websites never list this model or tell you whether its compatible. Not even FCP 'Euro' lists this model.

I need some guidance as to which model is comparable. Is the pre facelift 325i the same car as the euro 323i (besides engine)? Or am I supposed to look at the 320i?

I don't need help on the M20 engine difference. The earlier Jetronic vs Motronic means almost every external engine part is different, from starter motors to hoses to radiators. So don't need help on that.

But what I am more focusing on is aftermarket : rotors, brake shoes, suspension, brake lines, flywheel, bushings, control arms, sway bars e.t.c
There are some great kits out there for the above, but it may not be right for the 323i

Also the short shift kits for the 5 speed. Again I'm unsure if it will even work on the 323i.

Is there a resource out there that I can look up the OEM parts numbers across the different E30 models, which will tell me if something is cross compatible?

Also, what is the best website to buy quality aftermarket stuff from? Back in 2005-2006 the place to be was Turner Motorsport, but in the meantime it looks like things have changed dramatically.

Sorry for all these questions, I have just been out of this scene for so long now and don't know what resources to use.

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Old 04-17-2019, 02:07 AM   #2
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Realoem.com

There is no need to buy stuff from the usa for normal stuff.

Runautoparts and sparesbox are both ausi websites that between them carry most of the stuff for the 323i.

And don't discount genuine bmw. Their prices are often comparable to ordering it from overseas.
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:51 AM   #3
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+1 for Runautoparts.
Also Clickable Automotive - found these guys the best for Bilstein struts.

For OE parts and special stuff www.schmiedmann.com/ is price competitive - although best to consolidate what you need to save on freight.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:28 AM   #4
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I own an 85 323i in the states and I can tell you other than the engine/fuel injection, it's not that different from a pre facelift 325e/i. Being an early 84-85 car, it has a sheet metal shift carrier, so many short shift kits will not work unless you upgrade to the aluminum style carrier but things like springs/shocks, brakes, lines, control arms and bushings are all the same.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for these links. I am finding a lot of what I need.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:51 PM   #6
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Being an early 84-85 car, it has a sheet metal shift carrier, so many short shift kits will not work unless you upgrade to the aluminum style carrier
How big of a job is that?
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:58 PM   #7
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Shouldn't be too bad. You need the selector rod joint, the selector shaft, aluminum shift housing and the rubber bushing that bolts to the body. Basically the same stuff you'd need to rebuild a shifter anyway, except the aluminum shift housing itself.
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