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Old 03-01-2005, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a 96' 328is sport package with 112k on it last week. I think all of the factory suspenders and bits are pretty tired and want to know what to do to bring it back to a "like new" ride. New shocks and struts are on the list but should the springs be replaced as well? And what about any bushings at the sway bars and other areas? Haven't really had a chance to push it hard in the twisties with all of the rain and mountain road closures we've had in SoCal lately but I don't think I want it any lower or stiffer than it is now so I'm talking all OEM except for bushings and the like...

Any tips on what to replace and where to buy would be great.

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Just out of curiousity what did you pay for it?
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Just out of curiousity what did you pay for it?
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9500.00...Interior is just about as close to perfect as you could get for a nine year old car. The body is still factory black and shiny with the usual minor scratches, etc...Everything I looked at for less was pretty well beat to sh*t...
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are you going for a "stock" feel or a modified/lowered look
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are you going for a "stock" feel or a modified/lowered look
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Like I said, it already has the factory sport package and I think it's stiff enough. Pretty pointless for me to go after market for my occasional canyon runs. I'm already scraping my side skirts going into my apartment driveway so lower is definitely out. Of course I can always move
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$9500, not bad. Starting to wonder if I paid too much for mine.....

I just purchased a 1996 328is w/34,000 miles for 14999 or 15999. Body is in perfect shape as well as the interior.

Only thing I can bitch about is the seat on the driver side dried out a little, I'm applying conditioner 3 times since I've bought it 2 weeks ago. Any suggestions help this?


Oldguy, only thing I can say to you is, don't lower it....
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Old 03-01-2005, 03:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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$9500, not bad. Starting to wonder if I paid too much for mine.....

I just purchased a 1996 328is w/34,000 miles for 14999 or 15999. Body is in perfect shape as well as the interior.

Only thing I can bitch about is the seat on the driver side dried out a little, I'm applying conditioner 3 times since I've bought it 2 weeks ago. Any suggestions help this?


Oldguy, only thing I can say to you is, don't lower it....
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Don't wonder...Just drive it and be happy with it. I had a max price of 9k and just couldn't find anything clean enough. 34k on a 9 year old car is waaaaay low and If I wasn't paying cash I would have ended up near what you payed though I doubt I could have found anything with that low a mileage without going newer in year.

Regarding the leather, I'm doing the same thing. I'll do it once a week for a month or so then just a couple times a year after that. As long as it's not all cracked and scuffed off at the bolster I definitely wouldn't bitch

Yup...No plans to lower it.

Enjoy your ride.......................
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I love my ride, everyone around here drives the newer 330's and so seeing a mint 96 328is is definitely an eye catcher.

My seat is starting to crack alittle any suggestions to fix this? Car came from Arizona so I doubt the hot/dry weather helped any...

After work I'm going to try the paper-clip trick of pin 7-19 to reset the service light, and then try to work on my seat.
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I love my ride, everyone around here drives the newer 330's and so seeing a mint 96 328is is definitely an eye catcher.

My seat is starting to crack alittle any suggestions to fix this? Car came from Arizona so I doubt the hot/dry weather helped any...

After work I'm going to try the paper-clip trick of pin 7-19 to reset the service light, and then try to work on my seat.
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You might try a search to see what others have done. Someone mentioned having just the damaged area replaced rather than the whole seat? Don't know how well that could be matched up and probably better just to do the whole damn thing...Unless it's really cracks and not just wrinkles like dried out old skin I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Be careful with the paper clip deal.
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After work I cutted a piece of wire of my house stereo, it was a breeze resetting the service light.

Like I said in my other post I won't lie my hands were shaking.... But in all honesty its the eaiset thing in the world, just make sure you poke the right holes.
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I'm replacing My Shocks and Struts as well, this is the Best Buy i found so far.
Bilstein Touring class shocks for $289 for 4 of them. which i beleive are similar to the factory stuff but better warranty.

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i don't think i'll be doing the springs, oh yah i have a 1997 328 conver.

let me know if you guys find anything better.
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If you want to try and keep it like stock, why not just replace the things like shocks and springs with OEM bits. Heres a nice little list of bits than can go on. All are BMW parts too.

New upper front shock mounts / bearings
Front upper mount re-inforcement plates
E46 M3 rear shock mounts
Z3 rear shock mount re-inforcement plates

These can all be replaced too.

Front Anti Roll Bar Bushes
Rear Anti Roll Bar Bushes
Rear Trailing Arm Bushes

Personally I think it should be slammed on its arse with a set of koni adjustables. My cars (this is from the silencer seeing as this is the closest bit to the floor) is just under 70mm off the ground, side skirts about 100mm. But unless your going to be driving it hard round corners (in which case strut bars, x-brace) I dont see why you just dont get the whole suspension re-done with standard OEM parts.
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Hmm..glad to see a few other mint 328is owners..I love my 96..I got a deal on her...7800 us$..and with only 89000 miles...friend is a car dealer...anyway..I would love to beef up my suspension as well...
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Looks and drives like a brand new car! 89k miles for a 96 is not bad at all. I couldn't believe I found my 96 with 34k miles......


I will post a pic of it when I can take a picture of it clean. I haven't had the chance to clean my car in the 2 weeks I've owned it. It won't stop raining........
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Will a spring compressor be required to replace the front struts?
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