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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

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Old 04-23-2008, 05:23 PM
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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??
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:02 PM
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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
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:57 PM
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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.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:12 PM
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Plug and play: http://oxygensensors.com/catalog.php?&pkey=1011957
I used Walkers and Bosche from that website for my other car. Be sure to ask for a discount when you order.
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:27 AM
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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.
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