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Old 12-21-2013, 10:43 AM
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Hi guys. My front left strut housing rusted out the other day. Need a new assembly, but can't spend 1000 dollars for an OEM replacement. :/ Does anyone know of related years that might work?

I found a strut off an 88 735series for 50 dollars at a scrapyard, but will that be a proper fit/replacement? Any help would be wonderful! Thanks!
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:07 PM
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Hi guys. My front left strut housing rusted out the other day. Need a new assembly, but can't spend 1000 dollars for an OEM replacement. :/ Does anyone know of related years that might work?

I found a strut off an 88 735series for 50 dollars at a scrapyard, but will that be a proper fit/replacement? Any help would be wonderful! Thanks!
There's lots of ways to cross reference parts, one of the best is to see if the part numbers match up. I don't think a 7 series strut will work, but all the E28 and E24 models use the same struts. You may want to contact Fest member "south26" He has lots of E28 parts and can probably help you .
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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Sorry, I can not help already sold the left strut, have the right.

With your car you do not have abs for your brakes so you can use a strut from 82 -88 e28. If you had an 85 with abs you could only use 85--88. The strut can be from a 528e, 535i, or 524td.


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Old 12-22-2013, 10:55 AM
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Hi guys. My front left strut housing rusted out the other day. Need a new assembly, but can't spend 1000 dollars for an OEM replacement. :/ Does anyone know of related years that might work?

I found a strut off an 88 735series for 50 dollars at a scrapyard, but will that be a proper fit/replacement? Any help would be wonderful! Thanks!
If you want a good way to search scrapyards, use this link: www.car-parts.com There are lots of struts available at a wide range of prices.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:45 PM
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thanks!

Thank you very much for the info! Saved me a drive and 50 bucks. Found a replacement in Virginia. Just gotta call em and hopefully have it shipped.

I'm looking to restore my 1984 528e. So ill probably have some future questions.

Good to know there are such helpful people out there!

Thanks again!
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:21 PM
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Thank you very much for the info! Saved me a drive and 50 bucks. Found a replacement in Virginia. Just gotta call em and hopefully have it shipped.

I'm looking to restore my 1984 528e. So ill probably have some future questions.

Good to know there are such helpful people out there!

Thanks again!
You will probably need to replace both your strut cartridges too, so you should start shopping around for them.
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