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Old 11-16-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a '02 325i and I'm about to replace the struts. However, I'm having trouble determining which struts I should buy. Based on what I've read on other threads I believe I have the sports package, and, therefore, the sports suspension; my car has the three-spoke steering wheel, sport seats with extendable leg supports, 17" factory alloys. This points toward the sports suspension, right? I called the dealership's parts department and asked them to confirm this by looking up the VIN. The guy said that my car left the factory with a normal suspension. Is it possible he overlooked something? Is there a way I can tell for sure by looking at the current strut? I'm afraid of mismatching the struts and springs. I would greatly appreciate any advice you can provide. Thanks!

ps. What's the best way to determine the appropriate Bilstein Strut part #?
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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You have sport suspension.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the quick reply. Do you say that because of the description? or the photo? What's your opinion on the contradictory info the BMW Dealer provided based on the VIN?
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Look at the struts and get the part numbers off them. Go to realoem.com and it will tell you straight away which you have.
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Go to bmwvin .com and register an account. Type in last 7 to vin may need to translate page to english
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Go to bmwvin .com and register an account. Type in last 7 to vin may need to translate page to english
That did the trick! bmwvin .com confirmed I have the sports package (S226A). I don't know why the guy from the dealership said otherwise. Anyway, this is in line with my expectations given the steering wheel, seats, and rims, so I'm feeling a lot more confident about it now. Thanks a lot for the pointer!
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As cheap as springs are, they should be changed on the bmw. The rear in particular are notorious for cracking.
Otherwise you'll have labour to pay for plus eventual springs.
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