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Old 10-07-2008, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i am looking for an m3 probly like a early 90 late 80's model. how can i be sure that what they are selling is an m3? are there special numbers in vin or something like that?
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It should be on the car registration document, written in the front of the owners manual & service book, ///power on the rocker cover, ///M steering wheel, ///on the seats, /// on the wheels. the dead give away is the suspension!!!, look at the struts, should have ///M you may have to clean the dirt off!!!!
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ok thanks alot.
but wut if the shocks have been replaced with say....eibach (theoreticaly) meaning the stock shocks were not on the car. the reason i ask is because it seems to as though someone could go to a junkyard, ebay, etc. and just buy the other parts you were talking about. but is there a certain number(s) in the vin that say its and m3?
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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E36 M's VIN will always start with WBS vs non M's WBA. not sure about the E30 M's.
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Just check teh VIN on realoem.com
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all M cars start with WBS, e30's/e28's included. the only exception is the e24 M6, which had WBA.

WBS is the designation for the the munich motorsport plant where they only make M vehicles since the original M1.

even US built e36/7 Z3 M Roadsters/coupes had WBS even though they were built in the US plant designation "4US"
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If you are confused with such doubts just consult the dealer or visit different websites.
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