Bought a parts car

John Avis by | October 25, 2012 | E36

For some time I have been looking for various parts for my E36 318is and 325i, things like a nicer set of wheels and interior parts.

The other day I saw an advertisement for a cheap 323i that had been written off after an accident. It had a nice set of 17" wheels, a black leather interior and seemed to be mostly in good condition (aside from the accident damage of course).

The car has only done around 150,000km and has had a few thousand dollars spent on it recently.

I negotiated with the seller and a deal was done for $600 and I had the car towed home (less than 10km) for $75.

I have it home now and all looks good except one of the tyres has some major sidewall damage due to the accident. It came with a few bonuses like the original radio, original lights, and a Bentley workshop manual.

Now to get off what I want and sell the rest, then somehow dispose of the left overs!

I ran the VIN through a Russian BMW VIN decoder website and here are all the specifications and options.

Type Value

VIN ABMCP82080NA61149
Type code CP82
Type 323I (EUR)
E series E36 (4)
Series 3
Type LIM
Steering RL
Doors 4
Engine M52
Displacement 2.50
Power 125
Drive HECK
Transmission AUT
Upholstery LEDER STANDARD/SCHWARZ (P8SW) 1997-06-17


Code Description (interface) Description (EPC)

S243A AIRBAG FUER BEIFAHRER Airbag for front passenger
S246A LENKSAEULENVERSTELLUNG MECHANISCH Manually adjust. steering column
S255A SPORT-LEDERLENKRAD Sports leather steering wheel
S282A LM RAEDER/SPORTSPEICHENSTY.II BMW LA wheel, sport-spoke styling II
S305A FERNBEDIENUNG F.ZENTRALVERIEGELUNG Remote control for central locking
S341A STOSSFAENGER KOMPLETT IN WAGENFARBE Bumpers completely in body colour
S354A GRUENKEIL-FRONTSCHEIBE Windscreen, green-tinted upper strip
S401A SCHIEBE-HEBEDACH, ELEKTRISCH Lift-up-and-slide-back sunroof, electric
S411A FENSTERHEBER,ELEKTRISCH VORN/HINTEN Window lifts,electric,front/rear
S431A INNENSPIEGEL,AUTOMATISCH ABBLENDEND Interior mirror with automatic-dip
S441A RAUCHERPAKET Smoker package
S473A ARMAUFLAGE VORN Armrest front
S498A KOPFSTUETZEN IM FOND Headrests mechanically adjustable, rear

Code Description (interface) Description (EPC)
S534A KLIMAAUTOMATIK Automatic air conditioning
S687A RADIOVORBEREITUNG Radio preparation
S785A WEISSE BLINKLEUCHTEN White direction indicator lights
L810A AUSTRALIEN-AUSFUEHRUNG National version Australia
S818A BATTERIEHAUPTSCHALTER Battery master switch
S876A FUNKFREQUENZ 315 MHZ Radio frequency 315 MHz
S880A ENGLISCH / BORDLITERATUR On-board literature, English
S925A VERSANDSCHUTZPAKET Dispatch protection pack

Standard equipment

Code Description (interface) Description (EPC)

S214A AUT.STABIL.-CONTROL+TRAKTION(ASC+T) Automatic stability control (ASC+T)

Exterior Exterior Exterior Exterior Exterior Interior Interior Interior Interior Interior

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I am a bit of a 3 series fanatic, having owned a couple of E30s and a few E36s, plus a few parts cars. I like the combination of the compact size, good performance and handling, and that they are more sports sedan than an impractical and extrovert sports car. This blog is a place to share my experience and knowledge.


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