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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 01-18-2012, 03:12 PM
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Please help! Need suggestions with 98 323is

I own a 98 323is coupe with 99,000 miles on it. It ran great until one day the body wiring harness burnt up due to the place I bought it from doing their own wiring. I need to locate a body wiring harness for a 2 door e36 automatic with side air bags and non-power seats. I don't mind paying a fair price for it, but a new one through BMW is $3500 before labor. I appreciate any help with this, as my car has been out of commission since October 22.

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Old 01-18-2012, 03:14 PM
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i'd check the classifieds first, but regardless, that's gonna be $$ unless you are able to do the repair yourself.



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Old 01-18-2012, 03:58 PM
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My mechanic friend has quoted me $1000 to do it plus the cost of the part. My car currently has the entire interior ripped out of it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:14 PM
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Just as a hint, a complete wiring harness for a friend's 1984 Mercedes 500SEC (Which electrically is simpler than our cars) was quoted by the top local indy shop here as a 40 hour job. THey wanted in the neighbourhood of $8000 for the harness and the labour (total). It took him and I a full 14 months (Working on it as a hobby when time permitted) to fab up a full replacement from scratch.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:57 PM
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:13 PM
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You're going to have a tough time finding a "fair" price. E36's can electrical monsters. A lot of times to repair or replace harnesses $tealerships will consult outside repair quotes IE:alldata.com and for something seriously in depth you're going to see 2-3 hours of Diag time, let alone the cost of the harness and then the cost it's going to take to pay a technician to install it, sometimes they'll charge you the flat rate and pay the tech straight time, because it can get that bad. ...ask me how I know.

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:33 PM
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I can find 5 speed ones all day long. What roughly would it cost to convert to a 5 speed with labor at $50 per hour?

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:39 PM
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Cost to convert to a 5 spd???

I had thought the issue was needing to replace the whole wiring harness. Not the transmission...

Care to try the entire tale from start to finish?
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At this point a 5 speed swap would probably cost less. OR you may come out on top if you sold it as is.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:21 PM
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I would not even know what to ask for the vehicle. I just had the engine and transmission serviced as well as new rear pads, rotors, calipers and front pads. I wonder what it would cost for somebody to custom fab one. I'm willing to spend the money on the part, but I really want to avoid dropping $3500 into this car.
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Looking in my diagrams I've found the what BMW calls the Cable Harness Sector Rear, below is a diagram showing the harness. I'm seeing one available in Europe which can be ordered using the link found HERE. It would take somewhere in between 2 and 4 weeks to have brought over from Europe.



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