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God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-15-2012, 04:38 PM
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Roof Hatch pistons, windshield seal and odometer gears...

Hi All,
Very excited to be posting in here. So much of what I was reading before I bought my car helped inform me what to look out for and I feel I've made a great purchase now.

I'm trying to take on a few of the wear and tear issues on it now and am very much up for getting my hands dirty with it but need a little help knowing what parts are what, especially when some companies appear to make 'universal' parts for things, which confuses me a little.

For instance, '1988 BMW 325i Monroe Universal Lift Support' has come up a few times as I search for a replacement piston/support that holds up the roof cover. The two supports that I assume are supposed to hold up the cover as I pull the roof in don't actually hold it so I have to monkey around the back of the car. Does anyone know if this would work?

I'm also looking to replace the windshield seal. Is this the correct part for me? Is this something that a novice with cars but good DIY guy like me could take on?

I also want to replace the odometer gears and a light in the dash which I see is a contentious issue what with the quality of the replacement parts available today. I'm also a little confused which set of gears I need. Is there an answer to this?

Many thanks to any responses to this!
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:06 PM
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We have you covered for e30 odometer gears. Please see which version you have here:

How to tell if your e30 has a vdo or motometer cluster

They can be bought from here:
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:15 PM
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Garagistic has good stuff. If you don't know what it is they do give them a call and they'll help you out. Either of these parts companies are the best there is. Use them.
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