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Old 11-17-2012, 03:03 PM
bmwblack82 bmwblack82 is offline
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Mein Auto: 94 525i
Ordering Starter Issue - Which one!?

My 1994 BMW 525i needs a new starter.

Problem: Type my car into any parts website, Threaded AND Non Threaded comes up. Realoem wasn't any help show's both. Autohausz shows up non threaded, rock auto shows non threaded, Autohausz phone call says threaded. Autohausz website says my car takes non threaded and if its a non bosch starter from the factory, some Italian sounding name, then I will need a new mounting plate made for the Bosch ones from a BMW dealer!

So basic question is, how do I know if I need a threaded starter or a non threaded starter?

I took it to my local mechanic who was kinda dumb founded and couldn't give me an answer. The shop I think is competent enough to change it was quite busy lately and didn't have time to look, I like to order my own parts so I know what I am getting and is going into MY car, would hate to just leave it at the mechanic who orders the wrong starter and it sits there while they re-order it so basically want to order it myself the right parts the first time.

Ordering intake manifold gaskets just in case they go that way.
Mounting plate in case I need one
Starter... Threaded or non threaded..

If some guidance can be given where the starter is in the vehicle if I have to look that would be helpful too, especially with a picture, thanks!
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