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BMW 3 Series Spare Parts Buying Guide

When it comes to replacing parts for car models within the BMW 3 series, you need to ensure that you’re using the right parts. This of course generally comes down to sourcing a reputable supplier, but there’s no reason as to why you can’t keep a look out when purchasing spare parts for the BMW 3 series. Being more knowledgeable about what parts the series requires allows you to make a more well-informed decision as to whether you should purchase aftermarket or official BMW parts.

Ensure You Know Your Model Generation

Although the BMW 3 series can be seen as a luxurious one, it’s worth remembering that BMW has created six generations of the famous line, so in this regard, it’s imperative that buyers are fully aware as to which model they own, in order to attain the right kind of parts. To make things a little clearer, the following information will allow you to decipher as to which generation your particular car model belongs to.

MODEL                 GENERATION                     YEAR

E21                         FIRST                                     1975 – 1983

E30                         SECOND                               1983 – 1992

E36                         THIRD                                   1990 – 2000

E46                         FOURTH                               1998 – 2006

E90                         FIFTH                                    2005 – 2011

F30                         SIXTH                                    2012 – 2014

As you can see, there has been some overlapping, so it’s important not to assume, but actually check which model generation you own, or you could find you end up paying more than you need to when it comes to purchasing parts for your BMW 3 series.

Aftermarket or Official Parts?

When sourcing BMW series 3 parts, there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to what kind of parts you should purchase. Evidently, aftermarket parts will retail at a cheaper retail price, simply because there are not official parts. Although this may seem like a cost-effective way of replacing parts, it should be noted that some aftermarket parts will not work as well with BMW-manufactured parts.

As such, you should look to source original BMW parts when it comes to your engine, suspension or transmission, as this will ensure that you have no further problems down the line.

The Benefits of Purchasing Official BMW Parts

While it may seem more cost-effective to purchase aftermarket parts in the first instance, it’s actually easier and more cost-effective to source genuine BMW series 3 parts from the car dismantlers who have a similar vehicle in stock.

This is because those who own a model within the BMW 3 series can easily identify what parts are required, meaning there is no endless searching for aftermarket parts. There’s also the fact that some aftermarket parts can actually create more problems than they solve, meaning that the cost will be greater in the long run.

When you source genuine parts, you can be confident that they work first time, because they have been designed by BMW, as opposed to a third party.

BMW (abbreviation for, Bayerische Motoren Werke, which is German for, Bavarian Motor Works), is a well known German luxury car manufacturing company which was founded in the year 1916. It is headquartered in Munich, (Bavaria, Germany). It also serves as a parent company of the Rolls Royce Motor Vehicles. In June of the year 2012, Forbes.com listed BMW as the number one most reputable car manufacturing company on the planet.

BMW has a rich history of success in Formula 1, and BMW powered vehicles have won over 20 races. BMW was also the official sponsor of London 2012 Olympics. In the year 2012, the BMW company was named as the planet’s most sustainable automobile manufacturing company for the 8th year running, by Dow Jone’s Sustainability Indexes.

Recent Developments; In February of the year 2016, the BMW company announced introduction of “iPerformance” model designation which will be included in all of the BMW plugin hybrid cars starting from July, 2016. The new model designation will be used 1st on the plugin hybrid variants of latest BMW 7 Series, with BMW 740e iPerformance, being the 1st of such plugin hybrids.