Is it true.. or they try to rip me off.. again - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)

E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-23-2008, 05:23 PM
penguin328i penguin328i is offline
Registered User
Location: New York
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: 97 328i
Is it true.. or they try to rip me off.. again

Any help is appreciated!
After consult a few people.. I finally decided to go and get my car fixed.. (crappy gas mileage).. well.. now I feel like an idiot again...
Is it true that our cars (97 328I) have 4 O2 sensors and 2 Cats and 2 "Pre-Cats"??
Universal O2 sensors which I found for 50 bucks a piece is not going to work on my car??
So the guy quoted me 120 per sensor.. and my first born for the Cats..
Is it true??
Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2008, 06:02 PM
whosyadadie01 whosyadadie01 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New York, LI
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 423
Mein Auto: 96 328i vert
NO the universal 4 whire sensors are NOT going to work.

its something about the material they are made of just doesnt work with out cars.

i make the mistake of trying them also and i ended up having to throw them out and buy the real ones from the dealer.

120 each isnt to bad
"my wheel bolts require more torque then your honda makes"
Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2008, 08:57 PM
E36 Phantom's Avatar
E36 Phantom E36 Phantom is offline
I Am The Machine
Location: Somewhere Between The Valley & The Bay
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 20,930
Mein Auto: Dreier, Fünfer & Siebener
You can get a certain Bosch one thats like 80 or so, but you have to splice it in. The problem is I don't know which one. If I were you, I'd just go for the $120 ones. BMW's are picky sometimes.
// Chad //
// 2006 BMW 330i Sport 6MT // 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid //
// 1997 Range Rover 4.0 // 1994 Range Rover Classic //
// 1997 Land Rover Discovery // 1998 Land Rover Discovery //
// 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 // 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 //
// 1999 Chevy Tahoe //
Ok...this is getting ridiculous. Someone come buy a few of these things.

Originally Posted by SlimKlim View Post
You're a derbanana
Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2008, 11:12 PM
ThurzNite ThurzNite is offline
Registered User
Location: CA
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5
Mein Auto: Minivan
Plug and play:
I used Walkers and Bosche from that website for my other car. Be sure to ask for a discount when you order.
Dr J
Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2008, 01:27 AM
e36m34life's Avatar
e36m34life e36m34life is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Portland, OR
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,052
Mein Auto: Take a Guess..
Yes, your 97 328i has 4 sensors, two pre-cat, two post cat, BUT I think only the two pre-cat sensors have anything to do with your gas mileage, but im not 100% sure about that.

Just buy the sensors made for your car, let me tell you something about owning a BMW, it costs money to save money, you may save a little at first, but you will pay for it later, gauranteed.
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E36 (1991 - 1999)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms