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Old 01-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Interchangable parts on e46 and e36?

Hello, ive got a 97 328i and a 2001 325i parts car with head gasket prob and i have a junk yard buying it in a few days so im taking what i can off it. So far i switched the rims only. It has good sport suspension and mine are blown, can i swap the rear shocks and springs for my e36 ones? What about the armrest will that fit the e36 and the e36 armrest on the e46?..Steering wheel?(how hard to swap?), give me some ideas! thanks.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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Suspension? No. Steering Wheel? Don't think so. Armrest? Why?

Most of the stuff on the e36 would be a downgrade from the e46. I understand that you want to take what you can, but I don't think taking parts from an older 3 series to put on your new 3 series makes much sense.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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the rear camber arms are the same.
i think the RTAB is too...
if you have a prefacelift, the front caliper and rotors should swap, as well as rear brake pads.

the 99-00 E46 shared a LOT with the E36. 328 and 323, same M52TU engine in the later E36, 5 speed gearbox, same as far as i can tell. they use the same clutch and flywheel, prolly the same damn cogs inside.

i believe tranny mounts are the same too... the steering wheel on prefacelifts is also interchangable with the E36 but they need some work to make the buttons work/talk as E36 cruise control is on a stalk.

thats all i can think of.
oh yeah and wheels too, obviously...

the problem is youre is a facelift, new engine, new hubs, and spindles, new brakes, different gen electronics... so for you, no, for me, yes.
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Suspension? No. Steering Wheel? Don't think so. Armrest? Why?

Most of the stuff on the e36 would be a downgrade from the e46. I understand that you want to take what you can, but I don't think taking parts from an older 3 series to put on your new 3 series makes much sense.
Im taking parts from the e46 and putting on e36, my e36 is my dd

my e36 has blown rear shocks and a worn out armrest,
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people say the rear shocks wont work, but if i were a gambling man, i would bet they can be swapped.
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Suspension? No. Steering Wheel? Don't think so. Armrest? Why?

Most of the stuff on the e36 would be a downgrade from the e46. I understand that you want to take what you can, but I don't think taking parts from an older 3 series to put on your new 3 series makes much sense.
I'm reading that he wants to put parts from the E46 donor car onto his E36. Not the other way around.
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I'd be looking in www.realoem.com to see if the parts can be interchanged. My instinct is that the E46 parts won't go onto the E36.
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