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Old 11-26-2007, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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O2 Sensors are high can i use a cheaper one

I need a new o2 but i don't feel like paying the 120 dollars for it. Which one can i use from a different car is the mustang because a while a go i found a webpage with it saying that
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Old 11-26-2007, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ive heard of mustang injectors but not o2
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As long as you keep your car in proper running condition the O2 sensor will go 90-100K miles. So $120 for a part that will last 100K miles isn't bad. Also if you think $120 for the O2 sensor is bad what are you going to do if the fuel pump goes out? They are about $250 each and your car has 2 of them if its an early car. It may be an old car but it's still a BMW so parts are not going to be cheap.
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easy guys... hes just looking for help... which model bmw do you have and year? im sure we can help you find the o2 sensors for cheaper... dealership =bad just remember that... they go for your wallet and thats the most expensive thing about owning a bmw is labor and buying parts directly from the dealership...
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easy guys... hes just looking for help... which model bmw do you have and year? im sure we can help you find the o2 sensors for cheaper... dealership =bad just remember that... they go for your wallet and thats the most expensive thing about owning a bmw is labor and buying parts directly from the dealership...
I understand he is just looking for help but if you keep cutting corners when trying to do repairs/maintenance the car is just going to turn into a turd.
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easy guys... hes just looking for help... which model bmw do you have and year? im sure we can help you find the o2 sensors for cheaper... dealership =bad just remember that... they go for your wallet and thats the most expensive thing about owning a bmw is labor and buying parts directly from the dealership...
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No shame in wanting to save a few bucks... you can probably get it cheaper from Pelican Parts - Porsche Parts & BMW Parts - Automotive Parts and Accessories - Porsche & BMW and they have a tutorial on how to install an o2 sensor on E30 and E36 models. I have been really happy with their service and advice.

Unfortunately my car needs two o2 sensors.

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I have heard of using Ford Econoline Van o2 sensors on an E36 but I have no idea on your car.
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do it yourself electrical work

Im in the same situation. Since I dont have a money tree in my backyard, Id rather pay as little as possible myself. Ive seen em for 40 bucks without the plastic connectors. You have to splice em yourself. Question is, what problems will arise from that? Dont have that answer. KO performance was selling the whole thing for $87 last time I looked.
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I know I've posted this before... all oxygen sensors function the same... the differences are going to be heaters, ground type, and connection type. If you can find another O2 sensor that has the same wiring config (heater, ground) you could just solder on your old connector. I've done this before on both Volvo's and on a Toyota p/u. Worked like a champ, I think I used one for a Chrysler product of some sort. The only thing is that you'll need a wiring diagram for your vehicle and the vehicle that the O2 sensor was intended for. Good working knowledge of a DVOM helps too. Considering that it will probably still be $50 for the other model and a good bit of work to boot... I would go to autohausaz.com and buy the OEM one for $110 with free shipping. I buy alot of parts from them and they have great quality oem brand parts for less than most of your run of the mill discount parts house.
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