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New Member And Question: 2002 And 320I Part Interchangeability

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Hi bmw2002faq, my name is Mario and I'm from Ontario Canada


I have just purchased two cars a 76 2002 for $1800 and a 83 320i parts car for a few hundred bucks. 


The 2002 is a California car, it was brought to Michigan at some point and I bought it this past saturday, I am bringing it across the border in a few days as long as the title clears customs.  


The the paint is cooked, it was resprayed silver at some point (originally a light blue) but it is now faded and peeling, the floors look to be solid with a few rust spots on the body.  The rest of the car is all there and un-modified. Overall I wanted a solid shell to start with and I hope that is what I got.  


The 320i i couldn't pass up, it has a carbureted turbo M10 in it, it was a project that was never finished, i got the car with a couple of spare transmissions drive shafts and a spare diff.  I picked up the car yesterday and it is on my driveway now, the plan is to strip it of whatever parts i may be able to use and scrap the shell unless I find a buyer. 


My question is: What parts should i definitely keep from the 320i that i can use in the 2002? definitely the drivetrain...  would the brakes be an upgrade for the 2002? radiator? interior?


Thanks for listening, I'll post pics when I get a chance. 
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The turbo and manifold is especially useless- you should throw it into a box with my name and address on it,

then give it to Canada Post...


I swear by the E21 radiator, the front hubs are useful one way or the other, and you CAN use the calipers,

but there are better answers for no more money.

The driveshafts are useful only for cores to modify- they are different lengths on both pieces.

The rear trailing arms can be fitted- they give you better bearings.

The engine is also useful- especially if it was built to use the turbo. You could probably turbo the

2002 for just the hassle of a downpipe.


Sunvisors, sunvisor clips, rear- view mirror...  you'll start to recognise the parts you want.  Save 'em!



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Thansk for the replies everyone!  I'll make sure to save these parts.

Also, this is probably in the search but do the seats from the 320 bolt up to the 2002? if anyone knows and has a second please reply.


Yes they do. Just use the sliders from the 2002 seats and they bolt right on. I have the stock 320i seats, non recaro. The recaros work also. 


If you want to sell the turbo parts, I'll take them depending what they are. take some pictures!

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Hi Poktrokt,


I have the seats from a E30 318 in my 2002, if they is of any help.


Just to clarify, and this is a great question post you've started thanks,

is your parts car an E30 or an E21 ?



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Yup, it is an E21


Cool, the interior of the E21 is black and in good shape, I hoped it would fit.  The 2002's interior is blue, I might change it to black.


Hahaa, the motor in the E21 is driving this whole project, I bought it before the 2002, pictures coming soon.

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I'm looking more and more at the braking system as an upgrade for the 2002.  


This motor should put somewhere in the area of 200hp so I will definitely need more braking power. I've done a bit of reading and I think I'm going to go with the volvo calipers and vented disks for the front, this car came with a spare front cradle complete with steering rack, struts, and hubs.


The rear is another issue.. I've read disk brakes from a vw work but have not found a how to thread.  I rather not pull the big drums off the E21 as I'd like to keep it mobile. 

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