3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
replica body kits can be made to looks pretty good, but they are not cheaper than the real thing. a brand new full replica mtech2 kit will cost around $1000 as will a salvaged factory kit. the biggest difference is that the replica kits are made out of cheap fiber glass and will without a doubt require modification to fit. as some may know, modifying fiberglass is a very costly procedure. its not as simple as cutting and adding plastic filler as it would be with plastic factory parts. another down side is that it is very hard for a body shop to paint cheap fiber glass, most parts will require around 5 resprays to look right and you will run the risk of the parts cracking under heat while the paint bakes.
i would strongly advise against buying fiberglass parts unless they were truly unique.
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